Road to Perdition Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
April 17, 2007
Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry.
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.
March 11, 2003
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.
October 2, 2002
In lots of ways that matter, this has been another terrifically confident achievement from Sam Mendes; the challenge will be to move on to simpler, less grandiloquent material on a more plausibly human scale.
September 17, 2002
A powerful, atmospheric crime thriller that blends Godfather-style mayhem with philosophical meditations on the nature of good and evil.
August 9, 2002
July 25, 2002
Pretentious, portentous and humorless.
July 15, 2002
[A] solid strong piece of work.
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.
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.
July 12, 2002
All in all, Road to Perdition is more in love with strangeness than excellence.
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.
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.
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.
July 12, 2002
Like all films that count for something, this stunner gets under your skin.
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