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Roadie Reviews

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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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Alonso Duralde
January 5, 2012
Roadie has the stench of freshman-year mandatory creative writing all over it, from its cribs of Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller to an ending that's embarrassingly, clangingly metaphorical.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
January 5, 2012
Aside from the entertaining specificity about its setting and its protagonist's profession, Roadie is as disappointingly rote as its standard setup suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Barsanti
May 3, 2011
...a one-note comedy whose darker undertones are never fully explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 4, 2012
Roadie takes its characters' suffering seriously without ever properly justifying said misery as enlightening or unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
January 2, 2012
Assembles the usual ingredients into an average, innocuous film, something that isn't good enough to recommend or bad enough to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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+
Jason Bailey
January 7, 2012
The raw ingredients are promising, but the plodding script and Cuesta's lead-footed direction prevent it from going much of anywhere, including the viewer's memory.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 6, 2012
While the excellent cast does its level, honest best with the material, the material itself feels secondhand throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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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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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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-
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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
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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.
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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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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
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
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
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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