Roadie Reviews

March 5, 2019
A great, well-written character piece.
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.
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.
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.
January 20, 2012
Provides a touching look at a man whose life is in a period of transition.
January 20, 2012
The hugely sympathetic Eldard ("Super 8") gives this slim movie a real, beating heart.
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.
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.
January 5, 2012
Ron Eldard gives a sweet, moving performance as a 40-ish guy suddenly un-tethered in time.
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.
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.
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
January 4, 2012
Shows the unglamorous side of rock n' roll - the lies and denial, the sadness, and the regret of dreams long gone.
January 4, 2012
A fresh alternative to typical indie-cinema wallowing.
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.
July 26, 2011
A special treat for Queens New Yorkers, this no holds barred drama will reflect with less intensity the farther it travels.
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.
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.
April 25, 2011
I simultaneously want to endorse its ambition and nerve and report that it's a very mixed bag.