Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 88
    In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
  2. 88
    The Road evokes the images and the characters of Cormac McCarthy's novel. It is powerful, but for me lacks the same core of emotional feeling.
  3. 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.
  4. 83
    The Road walks a tremendously daring and delicate line between inspiration and horror, and it does so not only in the events it depicts but in its very air and atmosphere. It was unforgettable on the page, and it impresses equally, or at least it does so remarkably often, on screen.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 240 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 94
  2. Negative: 10 out of 94
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    9
    "The Road" is a astonishingly masterful film that greatly succeeds re-imaging the original book. The movie is filled with unexpected tension"The Road" is a astonishingly masterful film that greatly succeeds re-imaging the original book. The movie is filled with unexpected tension and profound quietness most films fail to create. It also presents a well made, re-designed future apocalypse that looks realistic. Possibly in this case one of the most thought-provoking films of the year. Full Review »
  2. MikeB
    Dec 1, 2009
    5
    I loved the book but was disappointed by this adaptation. The performances were good (OK, Viggo and Duvall were both great) but the music and I loved the book but was disappointed by this adaptation. The performances were good (OK, Viggo and Duvall were both great) but the music and the CGI skies grated on me. It's not that it's too bleak, it's that it wasn't bleak enough. Too many flashbacks to Charlize that just felt focus grouped. The book is uncompromising, but the film has been compromised. Full Review »
  3. Jan 9, 2013
    9
    The road is not just an ordinary movie, it not about action or anything it's about something deeper, the ambiance created is insane from timeThe road is not just an ordinary movie, it not about action or anything it's about something deeper, the ambiance created is insane from time to time. The music provided also suited the movie well and served it's purpose well. The story was sometimes really dark but in a really strong way. It is a movie which will not win prizes for the special effects or anything but it really comes close to you, makes you think. This may movie isn't just a movie sometimes is just an artwork. Full Review »