Metascore
61

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
    80
    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
    80
    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
    75
    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
    70
    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
    70
    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
    63
    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
    60
    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
    60
    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
    50
    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
    38
    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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