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Roadie Reviews

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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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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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
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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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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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+
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John Anderson
Variety
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
Salon.com
April 25, 2011
I simultaneously want to endorse its ambition and nerve and report that it's a very mixed bag.