The Road

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  • Summary: Based on Cormac McCarthy's beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast in the big screen adaptation of The Road, the epic post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son across a barren landscapeBased on Cormac McCarthy's beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast in the big screen adaptation of The Road, the epic post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son across a barren landscape that was blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on earth. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    While the film is not as resonant as the novel, it is an honorable adaptation, capturing the essence of the bond between father and son.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    80
    One of the most chillingly effective visions of the world’s end ever put on screen -- and a heart-rending study of parenthood, to boot.
  3. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    80
    It is compellingly enervating and a marvel in the filmmaking process.
  4. 70
    Engrossing and at times impressive, a pretty good movie that is disappointing to the extent that it could have been great. Is this the way the world ends? With polite applause?
  5. 67
    Aas grim as The Road gets, Hillcoat goes a little soft at the wrong time. Someone like Michael Haneke would have no trouble embracing this material’s uncompromising dreariness.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Everything about the film is a welcome rebuke to the happy-face apocalypse of “2012,’’ a movie that turns mass extinction into the Greatest Show on Earth. In The Road, what has been lost is recognized as infinitely precious; what’s left is bitter and our due.
  7. 30
    Pale by comparison to an action thriller like "Children of Men" or gross out eco-catastrophe like "Land of the Dead," squandering its ready-made zombie scenario.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 98
  2. Negative: 10 out of 98
  1. May 26, 2013
    10
    What an amazing movie, I really felt for the characters, A good movie like this doesn't come around often enough. I would go as far to sayWhat an amazing movie, I really felt for the characters, A good movie like this doesn't come around often enough. I would go as far to say this is in MY top 5 movies of all time. Expand
  2. PaulD
    Nov 29, 2009
    10
    An amazing story. Any father or son needs to see this.
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    9
    This is easily the most realistic looking post-apocalyptic world I've seen. This movie does an excellent job of creating an atmosphere ofThis is easily the most realistic looking post-apocalyptic world I've seen. This movie does an excellent job of creating an atmosphere of despair as the remaining survivors are starting to lose their humanity in the empty world. Only negative part was that the story seemed a little dull, as if you are expecting some big climax to happen, but it never does. Expand
  4. JakeN
    Feb 6, 2010
    8
    For Christs sake! How many movies are there about the apocalypse? I do know that not very many of them have good stories, or lessons to the For Christs sake! How many movies are there about the apocalypse? I do know that not very many of them have good stories, or lessons to the story. 'The Road' has both. 'The Road' is also a dark and highly intense film.It seems like the dark and intensity increases by the minute. It is unbelievably scary and a breathtaking movie. It also shows a good lesson to parents that they need to teach their children to take care of themselves, because their parents are't going to be around forever. It's really sad when it gets close to the end of the movie. Almost got me a bit teary eyed. Even though this is no family movie, I think families need to see this. It is a bit extreme, I will say that. But like I said, it has a good morel to this great story. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2013
    8
    Strong Points:
    - Really Strong Characters. You really care about the characters when you're seeing the movie. Viggo Mortensen and Kodi
    Strong Points:
    - Really Strong Characters. You really care about the characters when you're seeing the movie. Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee have really strong performances.
    - Great Scenery: The environment can get really gray during the movie, showing the lack of supplies people had.
    - Good Soundtrack: The piano based soundtrack is a welcome addiction to a history like this. Every note of the soundtrack fits the movie.
    Weak Points:
    - Lack of explanation: Nothing about the apocalyptic event is explained.

    Other comments: The narrative is very interesting, although it seems to have some flaws.
    In my opinion, 8/10.
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  6. Jose
    Dec 20, 2009
    6
    If you were a fan of the book then you'll enjoy the move, everyone else should proceed with caution.
  7. KevinR
    Nov 27, 2009
    0
    Utterly unbearable and not because it's grim. It pastes together every post-apocalyptic cliche into a directionless mishmash. The Utterly unbearable and not because it's grim. It pastes together every post-apocalyptic cliche into a directionless mishmash. The dialogue is worn and tired when it isn't downright stupid. Expand

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