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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
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: 77 out of 94
  2. Negative: 10 out of 94
  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. QTip
    Dec 7, 2009
    10
    Captures the tension and conflict of the book perfectly. Incredibly relatable, sad, inspiring, and terrifying all at the same time. I Captures the tension and conflict of the book perfectly. Incredibly relatable, sad, inspiring, and terrifying all at the same time. I don't understand what all the criticism is about. Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2014
    9
    Incredibly powerful, emotional, and it gives a very realistic feeling
    of what could happen to humanity under a worst case scenario.
    It rates
    Incredibly powerful, emotional, and it gives a very realistic feeling
    of what could happen to humanity under a worst case scenario.
    It rates far above other disaster films in its portrayal of the human
    experience and what we are capable of in dire circumstances.
    In effect it looks like a warning to us if we are not careful in how
    we conduct our society. It brings out feelings of sadness that few
    films could replicate and displays a full range of powerful emotions
    that emphasize what it means to be human.This is much more than
    a film to entertain you for a few hours; it is a message about the will
    to live, what it means to be human and about how unsympathetic
    this world could be. I could not tear myself away from it though I hadn't
    planned to watch all of it when I started watching it on TV. It is rare that I
    can relate with deep feelings to characters in a film but this one compels you
    to do so. The father-son relationship was so deep it forced me to think
    about my own deceased father and the relations I had with him. More than
    entertainment it is an insight into our souls.
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  4. JamesS.
    Jun 15, 2010
    8
    Yes it did lack a little plot development, as in nothing much happens but I could feel the father and sons struggle throughout and the end Yes it did lack a little plot development, as in nothing much happens but I could feel the father and sons struggle throughout and the end was genuinely sad. Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2013
    8
    As someone who has not read the novel, I was extremely impressed by John Hillcoat's work. It effectively portrays the unending love betweenAs someone who has not read the novel, I was extremely impressed by John Hillcoat's work. It effectively portrays the unending love between father and son in a world where there is no room for emotion, and even provoked thoughts of my relationship with my own father. Visually and audibly the film thrives. Muted colours and the use of silence create a depressing atmosphere whilst retaining a tangible tension. Mortensen's portrayal as the paternal figure who refuses to give up really carries the piece! However, I found 'The Road' a touch too slow at times and a repetitive formula seemed to occur-stop, scavenge, sleep... If you are only looking for a graphic, action packed film where everyone is armed and no one thinks twice about killing, 'The Road' is not for you. If you are looking for something moving and more subtle, with greater underlying issues about mortality, give this film a go! Expand
  6. john
    Nov 29, 2009
    7
    This movie is bleak and spare but that is the good part. I didn't feel the closeness to the characters. The movie also needed a This movie is bleak and spare but that is the good part. I didn't feel the closeness to the characters. The movie also needed a different and more sad or ambiguous ending. Expand
  7. Aug 11, 2010
    0
    I never read the book (even though I knew it was adapted before hand.) I actually was excited to see this one, boy was I disappointed. NoI never read the book (even though I knew it was adapted before hand.) I actually was excited to see this one, boy was I disappointed. No wonder it only stayed in my local theatre for one week. It's a whole lot of boring. Don't get me wrong I like a psychological movie but this movie didn't really have a point. In any good story you need to create enough tension for you to at least care about what happens to the main characters. This is the first movie (other than the Twilight movies) I literally just turned off and say I'll finish this later. I don't know how this movie ends but from what I watch I got bored just waiting for something to happen. I only got as far as when Viggo's character meets Duvall's. And the grainy cinematography (while I understand why it was chosen, it does fit the film's subject matter) just made the film unwatchable on my wide-screen HDTV. Expand

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