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  • Summary: Wolf (Jason Momoa), a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's murder, flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, discovering that justice has a cost. Wolf's search for redemption will reveal secrets and take him on a journey where the roads have some veryWolf (Jason Momoa), a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's murder, flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, discovering that justice has a cost. Wolf's search for redemption will reveal secrets and take him on a journey where the roads have some very unexpected turns. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. 63
    Call it a vanity project or bargain basement movie mythos, but no hard-boiled biker picture ever looked or sounded like Road to Paloma.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 11, 2014
    60
    The film’s loose naturalism and strong acting — Chris Browning, as a liaison between the F.B.I. and the reservation, is especially enjoyable — are slyly seductive.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 11, 2014
    60
    Momoa creates an involving if relaxed pace, one whose moody rhythms are infused with a kind of soulful spirituality.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Jul 10, 2014
    50
    Before the plot butts in, Road To Paloma works reasonably well as a moody travelogue that keeps finding new ways to show off its dingy bona fides.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Jul 8, 2014
    30
    This film is numbingly dull.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jul 9, 2014
    30
    Momoa does capture some scenes of genuine warmth and beauty that suggest he has the potential to develop a filmmaker’s eye for visual poetry.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 11, 2014
    30
    Straining mightily for a mythic quality and reaching a predictably melancholic, violent conclusion, Road to Paloma mainly comes across as a vanity project star vehicle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 12, 2014
    8
    While not as good as it could have been, this was a very good movie. While the premise initially appears to be that Robert Wolf is on the runWhile not as good as it could have been, this was a very good movie. While the premise initially appears to be that Robert Wolf is on the run fleeing justice, it's actually more about him saying goodbye, knowing justice will catch up with him eventually.

    People have complained about the slow pace, perhaps expecting car chases and explosions. But the pace of the film is just right for the story. There are scenes that could have been cut or shortened, but this film is exploring the life and emotions of a man who knows he will soon lose everything.

    The film could have been more subtle in the way it portrayed vigilante justice, which is perhaps the biggest flaw. But it's not in-your-face, either.

    In all, solid movie. And the cinematography is fantastic, by the way.
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  2. Nov 13, 2014
    7
    "Road to Paloma" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Jason Momoa shows off his acting chops in this one. Usually seen as a
    "Road to Paloma" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Jason Momoa shows off his acting chops in this one. Usually seen as a gladiator/muscle-head type, Momoa does a very good job in a dramatic turn. Written and directed by Momoa himself, the story is a good one that gets your interest early on. Well known Native America actor Wes Studi plays Momoa's father in the film and while he doesn't have many scenes, they are memorable. Studi always seems to do an excellent job. The last 10 minutes or so of the film are powerful.

    The Bad: A little on the formulaic side, what truly prevents the film from being great are several lulls in the middle. It starts and ends well, but far too many of the scenes in between feel like filler. Some of the supporting actors/actresses were pretty bad.
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  3. Jul 20, 2014
    3
    The one and only Captain Beefcake of Game of Thrones, Kahl Drogo, plays a native on the run for the law. In this road movie he's riding hisThe one and only Captain Beefcake of Game of Thrones, Kahl Drogo, plays a native on the run for the law. In this road movie he's riding his bike in a beautifully filmed desert landscape with his emotional unstable buddy who joined him for no apparent reason. That's freedom, i suppose. Meanwhile, he does something spiritual with smoke, helps the innocent but above all: he does look bad ass on a motorbike.
    Be prepared for a long nap in this slow paced movie.
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