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  • Summary: Adapted from the landmark novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is an incisive portrait of an American marriage seen through the eyes of Frank and April Wheeler. Yates’ story of 1950’s America poses a question that has been reverberating through modern relationships ever since: can twoAdapted from the landmark novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is an incisive portrait of an American marriage seen through the eyes of Frank and April Wheeler. Yates’ story of 1950’s America poses a question that has been reverberating through modern relationships ever since: can two people break away from the ordinary without breaking apart? (Paramount Vantage) Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    100
    Indeed, all of the performers in the film truly shine, and all of them can probably thank Sam Mendes for creating an ideal environment.
  2. There isn't a banal moment in Winslet's performance--not a gesture, not a word. Is Winslet now the best English-speaking film actress of her generation? I think so.
  3. The best thing about Revolutionary Road, a cool-blooded and disquieting adaptation of Richard Yates' 1961 novel about a powerfully unhappy Connecticut couple, is that it doesn't end with that rote vision of bourgeois anomie. It only begins there.
  4. However sterling the craftsmanship, the film adaptation inflates the meaning and buffs the atmospheric surfaces of Yates' story, rather than digging into its guts.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Revolutionary Road isn't a great movie -- it lacks the full, soul-crushing force of the novel -- but what works in it works so well, and is so tricky to pull off, that you can't help but admire it.
  6. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet do exactly what’s asked of them as Frank and April Wheeler, who may be ironically named: They spin emotional wheels constantly but get nowhere.
  7. 38
    Revolutionary Road isn't just a failed literary adaptation. It's a failure of the worst kind: It doesn't even make you want to read Richard Yates' deservedly legendary book.

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  1. Positive: 47 out of 66
  2. Negative: 12 out of 66
  1. ScottA
    Jan 19, 2009
    10
    Easily the best film of 2008. It is SO annoying that a film that tackles the subject of sububan unhappiness is getting such low scores from Easily the best film of 2008. It is SO annoying that a film that tackles the subject of sububan unhappiness is getting such low scores from those who think it is too depressing. Life can be depressing! To assume that all films should be happy and void of emotions such as loss, fear, emptiness, sorrow and regret would make going to the movies a bore. Mendes is a master filmmaker and this ranks as one of his best works. This film is only for those who can appreciated the mastery of a genius director and actors at the top of their game! Expand
  2. DouglasR.
    Dec 27, 2008
    10
    A beautiful film! A movie that as of now, will be looked at as an average-to-bad drama, but years from now will be appreciated for its A beautiful film! A movie that as of now, will be looked at as an average-to-bad drama, but years from now will be appreciated for its intelligence and its craft. The best film of the year, and one of the best dramas of the decade. Most masterpieces ripen with age. "Revolutionary Road" will be seen the way it should in the next 20 years. Expand
  3. GimC.
    Dec 28, 2008
    10
    It's a beautiful film ! Oscar for diCaprio !!!
  4. RodrigoM.
    Jan 31, 2009
    8
    I like this movie, but if it werent acted by Winslet, Dicaprio and Michael Shannon, it'd be not that good. The message of it is kinda I like this movie, but if it werent acted by Winslet, Dicaprio and Michael Shannon, it'd be not that good. The message of it is kinda cliche, and i feel asleep on some moments. Anyway , it's a very good movie. Sorry for the bad english :x Expand
  5. JayH.
    Mar 29, 2009
    8
    Powerfully acted, Kate Winslet is excellent, but the entire cast is outstanding. God attention to period detail, very well written and Powerfully acted, Kate Winslet is excellent, but the entire cast is outstanding. God attention to period detail, very well written and directed. The film never loses focus and is always interesting. Expand
  6. DanielW.
    Jan 25, 2009
    5
    A predictable disappointment , if such a thing is possible. First, what must have seemed like shocking material in the '50s (adultery! A predictable disappointment , if such a thing is possible. First, what must have seemed like shocking material in the '50s (adultery! abortion! -- all lurking just below the surface of affluent post-war suburbia) is ho-hum today. Second, Mendes is just too enamored with surfaces -- the movie should win costume and art direction Oscars -- to get at seem underbellies. As far as the performances go, you have to admire the chutzpah of casting the protagonists of one of the most iconic screen romances in cinematic history in these roles. But precisely because they have to overcome our expectations generated by Titanic, the performances call attention to themselves -- they are most definitely crafted -- in a way that I found distracting. Michael Shannon as the "village crazy who speaks the truth" has a pair of great scenes, but all said maybe Oscar got it right in largely ignoring this one. Expand
  7. Jan 2, 2012
    0
    Without question the worst movie I have seen in years, almost without redeeming features. An unbelievable plot, a hyper-exaggeration ofWithout question the worst movie I have seen in years, almost without redeeming features. An unbelievable plot, a hyper-exaggeration of suburban angst, with characterisations lacking in warmth and softness, the perfunctory callous sexual scenes unsizzlingly pornographic - as if all these things were clever or artistic to set out thus. I often like Kate Winslett's performances, in fact as she's a distant cousin I am predisposed to approve, but even that can't elevate this movie to adequacy. If you are contemplating suicide, breakup or mental breakdown, by all means go for it, it will nicely help you on your way; otherwise, do yourself a favour and stay away.
    How this ever got nominated for awards is amazing to me, a testament perhaps to the "Emperor's New Clothes" effect.
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