Reservation Road

Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. There's a kind of tough beauty to this deft, satisfying thriller.
  2. 83
    It's a relentlessly downbeat, well-acted melodrama that's easy to admire, but intentionally impossible to enjoy.
  3. A powerful Christian parable, painful but illuminating, about crime and redemption.
  4. Connelly, in particular, soars as the nail-biting mother trying desperately to put on a brave face and keep her family together, while Ruffalo and Phoenix, two of Hollywood’s best brooders, are excellent as wounded young fathers.
  5. 63
    The book tore at my heart; the movie left me strangely unmoved.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Tries rather feebly to examine complex questions of morality. It does a better job of capturing a sense of shattering grief, but it gets too caught up in plot contrivances and coincidences to be believable.
  7. It's hard to watch two fine actors working themselves into a lather for so little reward.
  8. Unrelentingly bleak, the movie is nonetheless a riveting drama with some outstanding performances.
  9. 63
    Instead of a tense, emotional and psychological thriller or a thoughtful exploration of grief and guilt, what we end up with is ... soap. Whether you choose to wash your hands of it is up to you.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. MorganW.
    Jan 31, 2009
    10
    I think this is one of the best films of 2007. I disagree with those who think that there is no redemption in this story. It rivals films I think this is one of the best films of 2007. I disagree with those who think that there is no redemption in this story. It rivals films like The Believer in its portrayal of internal conflict, and it is a beautiful (and heartbreaking) study of morality. This film is undoubtedly worth seeing. Full Review »
  2. Dec 14, 2010
    10
    The only criterium I have for liking or not liking a movie is: do I keep watching ? This one, I definitely did keep watching. The acting isThe only criterium I have for liking or not liking a movie is: do I keep watching ? This one, I definitely did keep watching. The acting is superb, the unfolding drama and conflict are intense. I wonder why these movies never really make it to the big screen... Full Review »
  3. TonyB.
    Jun 17, 2008
    5
    What could have and should have been a fine film is not. The main problem here is that the two nominal leads are its weakest links. Joaquin What could have and should have been a fine film is not. The main problem here is that the two nominal leads are its weakest links. Joaquin Phoenix is not able for a minute to evoke the sympathy and compassion we should feel for him. Grief is not depicted well when it becomes obsessive. Mark Ruffalo is so obviously the "bad" guy that one wonders if the people around him are in a coma that prevents them from seeing him for what he is. Jennifer Connolly's role should have been more fleshed out, especially since she has a clear grasp of what it is all about. Full Review »