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  • Summary: Canned from a 20-year job as roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy is broke and desperate. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to Forest Hills, Queens to visit his aging mother, where a wild night with some hard-partying high school friends shows him that some things never change.Canned from a 20-year job as roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy is broke and desperate. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to Forest Hills, Queens to visit his aging mother, where a wild night with some hard-partying high school friends shows him that some things never change. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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