DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: July 12, 2002 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 36 Critics
Positive:
29
Mixed:
7
Negative:
0
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50
On screen, Road to Perdition becomes a lace-curtain shoot-'em-up about fathers and sons. The graphic novel is more kinetic and more powerful than the motion picture.
100
This movie would be worth feting in any season. It's wrenching but never manipulative, stoic but never dull, exhausting but never wearying.
75
Mendes -- wants to have it both ways, to get close to mob life, but be no part of it. And he keeps us at a dime-novel distance, too. He has made a dreamy, poetic impression of a world that exists only on film and in comic strips, and that has no resonance for most of us.
50
Self-conscious to the point of suffocation.
83
It's a dark, brooding, moody film that follows a grim narrative to a logical inevitability and is nonetheless fully infused with a spirit of humanity.
70
For all the beauty and power of Road to Perdition, there's not much spontaneity in it, and the movie's flawless surface puts a stranglehold on meaning. [15 July 2002. p. 90]
80
Long and winding though it may be, Road to Perdition gets to places that are well worth the trip.