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Roadie Reviews

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Dave White
March 5, 2013
Eldard makes you feel for this broken-down rock and roll creep. That feeling might be that he needs a good slap in the face, but Eldard doesn't want to be loved here and he doesn't flinch in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Macklin
February 24, 2012
It's rare that an acting performance can carry a movie, but Ron Eldard gets a lot more out of his role than was on the page. Eldard invests his character with palpable vulnerability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2012
A lot of what takes place in "Roadie" feels overly familiar, and the film could have been a wallow in pathos except for the performances, especially that of Eldard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
January 20, 2012
Provides a touching look at a man whose life is in a period of transition.
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Rafer Guzman
January 20, 2012
The hugely sympathetic Eldard ("Super 8") gives this slim movie a real, beating heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 6, 2012
"Roadie" is short on narrative momentum, but it's a perfectly attuned character study of this rock relic and his middle-aged sorrows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
January 5, 2012
An appealing mood of discomfort that's marvelously executed by the cast, hitting a few persuasive beats of disappointment and resignation that keeps the story grounded in an intriguing, lived-in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
January 5, 2012
Ron Eldard gives a sweet, moving performance as a 40-ish guy suddenly un-tethered in time.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 5, 2012
Mr. Eldard, who brings layers of complication to his character, makes Jimmy's vulnerability palpable, while Ms. Hennessy shows you her character's carelessness and opportunism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 5, 2012
Rare is the film that refuses to judge its flawed characters, or that grasps the ache of nostalgia while remaining clear-eyed in the face of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
January 4, 2012
Terrific contemporary drama about a veteran Queens, New York roadie who's been sacked after decades hauling equipment for Blue Oyster Cult is a gripping portrait of a flawed loser that allows Ron Eldard to shine
Mark Sells
The Reel Deal
January 4, 2012
Shows the unglamorous side of rock n' roll - the lies and denial, the sadness, and the regret of dreams long gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 4, 2012
A fresh alternative to typical indie-cinema wallowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 3, 2012
Eldard, with eyes projecting adolescent vulnerability and a body lost to awkward midlife chub, is enough to redeem Cuesta's indie commonplaces.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 26, 2011
A special treat for Queens New Yorkers, this no holds barred drama will reflect with less intensity the farther it travels.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
May 4, 2011
Unable to outrun expectations for even 24 hours, Jimmy bounces around the awkward reality of his unchanged small town, seeking a way out of the trap.
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John Anderson
April 25, 2011
Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll get a markedly downbeat spin in Roadie, helmer Michael Cuesta's take on youthful dreams gone out of tune.
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Andrew O'Hehir
April 25, 2011
I simultaneously want to endorse its ambition and nerve and report that it's a very mixed bag.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 5, 2015
What makes this uneven film rock, is hearing music from groups like the legendary local rockers the Good Rats.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Grae Drake
January 13, 2012
Imagine The Wrestler if Mickey Rourke had just wrangled spandex instead of earning his status as a has-been. This is why this movie never feels completely original or moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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