Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 5, 2012
    Michael Cuesta's perfectly-pitched indie captures the pain of arrested development with so much empathy and insight, you can't help but root for the unmoored, overgrown adolescent at its center.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 3, 2012
    It's here, in a keenly captured Forest Hills, Queens, land of low-lit bars and manicured lawns, that Roadie soars as a gently comic drama about living the dream - or trying to.
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Feb 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 3, 2012
    Eldard, with eyes projecting adolescent vulnerability and a body lost to awkward midlife chub, is enough to redeem Cuesta's indie commonplaces.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Dec 31, 2011
    Roadie features some wonderfully evocative music out of its characters' collective past (local legends the Good Rats, for instance) but like Jimmy himself, it takes a bit of a push to get the picture going, which it gets, both emotionally and dramatically, thanks largely to its ensemble.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 6, 2012
    Soulfully directed by Michael Cuesta ("L.I.E."), Roadie is short on narrative momentum, but it's a perfectly attuned character study of this rock relic and his middle-aged sorrows.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jan 5, 2012
    One problem is Jimmy and his mother's dialogue, which continues in the same clich├ęd vein as the opening scenes of him alone yelling and yammering into his cell.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 31, 2011
    I simultaneously want to endorse its ambition and nerve and report that it's a very mixed bag.
  9. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jan 4, 2012
    Aside from the entertaining specificity about its setting and its protagonist's profession, Roadie is as disappointingly rote as its standard setup suggests.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 4, 2012
    A slice of slight character-driven conventionality in which directorial sensitivity and drama rooted in tense conversations and intermittent blow-ups prove incapable of imparting depth to a tale that plays like a series of simplistic stock gestures.

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