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Road to Perdition Reviews

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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 14, 2013
So is Perdition still a must-see? No question. But it's tough to fuss about it much when a picture is this fussy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 14, 2013
Visually, the picture is all of a piece, but it's a self-conscious piece of work -- all dark-toned academic classicism.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2013
What makes the movie pay off is moving pictures of real action and of intimate scenes between man and boy that are all the more moving for being understated.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
August 8, 2008
While crisply edited and unindulgent, Mendes' work is gratifyingly old-school in its rejection of modern-day stylistic agitation, the better to achieve a slow but inexorable build to its climax.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2007
Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Ploughing a furrowed brow, Hanks is fatally miscast -- except that the story turns so sentimental and bathetic, he's actually in his element.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 10, 2002
For all the formal sophistication, there's something facile and nerveless about Mendes' work, and, in the trickery of the movie's final scenes, jarringly facetious, and sentimental to boot.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 25, 2002
Pretentious, portentous and humorless.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 15, 2002
[A] solid strong piece of work.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 14, 2002
The pulp shows clearly through the high-art preening: It isn't prominent enough to be fun, and the art, with few exceptions, isn't high enough to justify all the moody-blues meaningfulness.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 12, 2002
Despite the surface attractions -- Conrad L. Hall's cinematography will likely be nominated for an Oscar next year -- there's something impressive and yet lacking about everything.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 12, 2002
All in all, Road to Perdition is more in love with strangeness than excellence.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 12, 2002
If you accept Road To Perdition on its own terms, as a kind of gangster opera that unfolds with a measured mythical grace, you quickly forgive the fact you're taking the road much travelled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 12, 2002
It's a film at times so visually beautiful, thanks to master cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, that it takes your breath away.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 12, 2002
Directed by Sam Mendes, this movie might not be as flashy as his Oscar-winning American Beauty, but it's a smarter film, more mature and emotionally honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 12, 2002
Like all films that count for something, this stunner gets under your skin.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 12, 2002
A gorgeous eyeful and earful of a gangster drama.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 12, 2002
The most brilliant work in this genre since the 1984 uncut version of Sergio Leone's flawed but staggering Once Upon a Time in America.
| Original Score: A+
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 12, 2002
In an era of cinematic hyperbole, it is as impressive for its reticence as for its resonance.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 12, 2002
Mendes ... proves that American Beauty was no fluke, only the first stop on a cinematic journey of intelligent entertainment that should involve us for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
July 12, 2002
It is an impressive accomplishment on its own artful terms, with strong performances by Hanks, Newman, Jude Law, Stanley Tucci and others elevating it above an exercise in style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 12, 2002
Mendes knows his way around a gangster movie, resurrecting the genre by grafting it to a Western's confrontational landscape.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 12, 2002
After I saw Road to Perdition, I knew I admired it, but I didn't know if I liked it. I am still not sure. It is cold and holds us outside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
For its textured visual detail, casting and snaking narrative, The Road to Perdition is a trip worth taking, though the recommendation comes with reservations.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 12, 2002
It may well end up with the multiple Oscar nominations its enthusiasts are predicting.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 11, 2002
Neither a good Paul Newman nor a bad Tom Hanks can save this dreary art-house flick from the airless grip of American Beauty director Sam Mendes.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 11, 2002
It inspires a continuing and deeply satisfying awareness of the best movies as monumental 'picture shows.'
| Original Score: 5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2002
Suspenseful, riveting, poignant and haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 11, 2002
Its subject matter may be grim, but the film itself is exhilarating.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 11, 2002
The evolving dynamic between the two sets of fathers and sons is as compelling as the kindred stories of parents and estranged children in American Beauty.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 11, 2002
A beautifully mounted essay in gangland nostalgia.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 11, 2002
Fathers and sons, and the uneasy bonds between them, rarely have received such a sophisticated and unsentimental treatment on the big screen as they do in this marvelous film.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2002
This is classic albeit somber filmmaking, restrained and all of a piece, by a director who believes film can tell adult stories in an adult manner, who knows the effects he wants and how to get them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 11, 2002
Newman gives a fierce, astonishing performance.
| Original Score: 4/4
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July 11, 2002
Feels strangely hollow at its emotional core.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 11, 2002
A rare recent example of a big-budget Hollywood studio movie made with self-conscious artistry and ambition.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 11, 2002
You can almost see Mendes and company getting together before a single frame had been shot and collectively vowing, 'This is going to be something really good.' And it is.
| Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 11, 2002
Mendes still doesn't quite know how to fill a frame. Like the Hanks character, he's a slow study: The action is stilted and the tabloid energy embalmed.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 11, 2002
A rare and exemplary work of artistry and humanity that makes you think while it unfolds like the haunting pages of a novel you never want to end.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2002
There's much that's simplistically touching, optimistic, and appealing in the filial trend, just as there's much that's simplistically grand, worthy, and fine in Perdition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 9, 2002
Serious movie-goers embarking upon this journey will find that The Road to Perdition leads to a satisfying destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
July 9, 2002
A crackerjack yarn delivered with more than enough conviction and panache to compensate for the occasional fit of self-importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 1, 2002
A rock-solid gangster movie with a fair amount of suspense, intriguing characters and bizarre bank robberies, plus a heavy dose of father-and-son dynamics.