Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. For a film about looking for a sign, looking for solace, Room quite brazenly offers neither. It isn't an easy film, but the world's already got plenty of easy and easily digestible films.
  2. 75
    The plot of the indie feature Room is, shall we say, sketchy. But that's a minor annoyance thanks to a gutsy performance by Cyndi Williams and vibrating cinematography by P.J. Raval.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Winner of the John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature Under $500K at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, Henry's film is beautifully shot and extraordinarily well acted by Williams.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    70
    One of those rare American indies that confidently and successfully propose their own narrative logic, drawing viewers into a mental puzzle that may not contain a single clear solution.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    70
    Room is an existential horror film, a parable of the war against terror being waged in Julia's psyche.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    A perceptive, unsettling psychodrama marking the assured feature writing and directing debut of shorts filmmaker Kyle Henry.
  7. 40
    Packs a punch in its first act with a passionate lead performance by Cyndi Williams and a painfully concrete sense of modern life closing in. But gradually it slips into the indie paradigm of an alienated soul rushing into darkness, climaxing with a semiabstract montage sequence that's more rhetorical than dramatic.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Esposito
    25
    Williams does a fine job with her role. I was pulling for her throughout her dreary journey. It's too bad it didn't get anywhere.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. NicoleD.
    Jan 5, 2009
    0
    Ok people, this has got to be the worst, i repeat, WORST, movie ever! forget the chubby woman acting as some sad middle age mid-america wife on mushrooms - it's the so-called director that should immedially quit pretending to be a movie artiste. no one is ever going to give me back the 73 minutes i just wasted watching this piece of garbage!! seriously people, get a clue on life and stop calling yourselves 'indie lovers'. this ain't indie stuff. this is some serious crap. Full Review »
  2. babau
    Dec 28, 2008
    0
    Ok people, this has got to be the worst, i repeat, WORST, movie ever! forget the chubby woman acting as some sad middle age mid-america wife on mushrooms - it's the so-called director that should immedially quit pretending to be a movie artiste. no one is ever going to give me back the 73 minutes i just wasted watching this piece of garbage!! seriously people, get a fucking clue on life and stop calling yourselves 'indie lovers'. this ain't indie stuff. this is some serious crap. Full Review »
  3. ChadS.
    Mar 23, 2007
    7
    When Julia(Cyndi Williams) ditches her family to search for the room that materializes itself from a series of fainting spells(why doesn't anybody suggest a hospital?), the filmmaker pointedly assures the audience that she isn't having a "I've Never Been to Me" declaration of independence. She walks into a room, the wrong room; it's a room full of women doing deep relaxation exercises. Julia quietly walks out. Her quest is not a feminist one. So what is the point of Julia's journey? Updates about the Iraqi War stream from televisions and radios throughout "Room", which Julia(like you and me) converts largely into background noise, offers a tantalyzing clue to understanding the nature of this woman's vision. Julia, like President Bush, of course, is from Texas. If she's a conservative, maybe the filmmaker is saying that the room doesn't exist, just like how Bush's Iraq doesn't exist. The room is a lie. Julia's journey to New York might be a metaphor for the deployment of our soldiers in Iraq. If your state of mind is a political one, "Room" will seem engrossing rather than mind-numbing. Full Review »