The best thing about Revolutionary Road... is that it doesn't end with that rote vision of bourgeois anomie. It only begins there.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Revolutionary Road, a waxworks edition of the furiously unsentimental novel by Richard Yates, tracks the unraveling of a handsome young suburban couple in the 1950s.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A deeply felt, moving and genuinely tragic study of a marriage tearing itself apart.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Sam Mendes's spiritually depleted film exerts an undeniable pull as its beautiful, doomed protagonists navigate the ennui of adult life. Revolutionary Road provides an apt bookend to a holiday season drenched in fatalistic gloom.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Winslet gives a fearless performance here. It's not her fault her husband has shrouded it in Taste.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
In pieces and in spirit, the many honest parts of this drama about marital life in the 1950s are like the rooms of a house that feel right, even if the exterior slopes somewhat clumsily.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The pompous direction was inflicted by Sam Mendes, who seems to regard the 1950s as a foreign country.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Viewers in the mood for rip-snorting marital combat should go ahead and partake, but they must prepare to leave the theatre in a state of profound depression.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Like its cinematic kin, Frost/Nixon and Doubt, this, too, is a delicately crafted, prestige project whose translation to screen doesn't deliver the original's amazements.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It is honorably and brutally unnerving.
David Denby - New Yorker
This film is so good it is devastating. A lot of people believe their parents didn't understand them. What if they didn't understand themselves?
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Sam Mendes, the director of Revolutionary Road, injects a few milligrams of hope into his film version of the 1961 Richard Yates novel, an excoriating portrait of a mid-1950s marriage built on sticks, straw and delusion.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The self-dramatization is harder to capture, sometimes coming off as false moments between the actors, yet this is still a troubling story of two good people who can't live with the truth that they're as ordinary as their neighbors.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
[A] devastating if flawed adaptation of the Richard Yates novel.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Revolutionary Road is easily the best-acted film of 2008, and one of the most corrosive.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Bitter, nerve-wracking, ugly and relentless, Revolutionary Road is Big Drama done right, a mesmerizing look at desperate lives, wrong moves and spoiled dreams that hits hard right from the beginning and never lets up.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Unlike the novel, which you can set aside and take a break, with the film version of Revolutionary Road, you're in for the duration, and it's ultimately too much to take.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
It simply doesn't play as well as it reads.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A flawless, moment-to-moment autopsy of a marriage on the rocks and an indictment of the American Dream gone sour.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Revolutionary Road is a very good bigscreen adaptation of an outstanding American novel -- faithful, intelligent, admirably acted, superbly shot.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Mendes has made a troubling film that wrestles with big themes and touchy subjects, even if it is set in an overly familiar milieu.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Somehow the film fails to inspire more than admiration, never reaching the same heights of empathy achieved by less impeccable treatments of the same topic.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
If Revolutionary Road had been filmed back in 1961, when the novel came out, it would have been timely and powerful.
Jonathan F. Richards - Film.com
Sam Mendes has worked in this territory before with his Oscar-winning American Beauty. Revolutionary Road is a better movie because it doesn't rely on such blatant caricatures.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Why does the movie feel as pleasantly deadening as the midcentury Connecticut suburb where it takes place?
Dana Stevens - Slate
Revolutionary Road/i> is dramatically potent material and, although it poses a number of philosophical questions, it works best as an unsentimental examination of a marriage in crisis.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
[A] didactic, emotionally overblown critique of the soulless suburbs.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Since Mendes has kept us emotionally at arm's length with his structured, hermetically sealed production, it's hard to care about whether they'll ever find that elusive something.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Directed with extraordinary skill by Sam Mendes, the film is a tough road well worth traveling.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Bolstered by Thomas Newman's score, spot-on set design and the brilliant source material, "Revolutionary Road" is a darkly effective portrait of an Eisenhower-era couple who fall tragically short of reaching Camelot.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Strong performances steer this 1950s marital drama out of a period-picture trap.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
These people are not tragic, they're not even pathetic - they're fountains of soap-opera profundities.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
From the director of American Beauty comes another empty, fake-meaningful tale of how rotten it is in the suburbs.
Dave White - Movies.com
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
... far beyond deconstructing the man in the gray flannel suit. ... [writer Richard Yates] explored ways we acquire and define our identities from people we love, and how we set our lives on self-deceptive and self-destructive courses.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
Revolutionary Road offers nothing you can't see on TV, with more compelling narratives and better performances (save for Michael Shannon).
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
The characters in this film are weak-willed, pathetic losers. I just couldn't muster much sympathy for the characters that couldn't burst out of the cages of their own design.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Revolutionary Road is content to stick with hoary cliches about the emptiness of middle-class bourgeois life.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
It's hard to shake the feeling that this is merely a lesser rehash of Mendes' more accomplished film American Beauty.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
It plays like Douglas Sirk without the irony.
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
...more of a sedate lecture on values than a revealing or entertaining look at life and love.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
Can't tell whether Mendes speaks through his characters or speaks about them
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Similar yet better domestic dramas that come to mind for comparison purposes include "In the Bedroom," "Little Children" and "American Beauty."
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Chilly and academic, thoroughly admirable but one step removed from the very real angst of a movie like The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956).
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
Suburban malaise has seldom been better looking or better acted.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
[Solid] performances took me over some of the bumps of the movie.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
The result of all this combined talent is a masterpiece of a film that reveals the hidden disease at the heart of American life in the 1950s.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A road to ruin paved more by mindless conformity than by good intentions.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Sam Mendes's film, based on a faithful screenplay by Justin Haythe, is beautifully crafted.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The film is blatantly aimed at the Oscar committee - anyone else may well find it slightly dull.
Mickey McMonagle - Sunday Mail [UK]
Sam Mendes has created an intelligent, thoroughly engrossing, beautifully acted adaptation of a classic novel that depicts the tragic underside of America's sunniest decade.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
If ever there were a film that aimed for the zeitgeist and missed badly, it's this one.
Cosmo Landesman - Sunday Times (UK)
The acting is amazing but the story is one long drive to despair
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
(...) Al menos desde Quin le teme a Virginia Woolf?, de Mike Nichols (1966), no se vea en el cine estadounidense el resquebrajamiento de un matrimonio de manera tan cruda y tan honesta.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Revolutionary Road is a dumbed down movie. But it's not dumbed down for just general audiences; it's dumbed down for would-be intellectual audiences, people who are supposed to like books. It sorely fits contemporary times.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Ultimately, the performances are (rightly) more involving than the story. By the same token, the actors are more involving than the film.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
A worthy but slightly cold adaptation of a classic American novel that fails to fully engage the audience's sympathy despite first-rate performances and some sublime camerawork by multiple Oscar nominee Roger Deakins.
Jamie McLeish - Film4
You come out knowing you have seen some great performances, brilliant direction and beautiful cinematography, but it is just not a film you love.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
Terrivelmente prejudicado em funcao da abordagem distanciada e excessivamente racional de Mendes, que parece estar sempre julgando e condenando seus personagens.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's as if someone's taken the American Dream, lashed it to a table and cut it open to see how it works. An uncomfortable process, to be sure, but an awfully compelling one, too.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The book and the film may be nailed to their Fifties period (everyone seems to smoke perpetually) but what Revolutionary Road says about not so quietly desperate lives is still appropriate today.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Beautifully shot, superbly written drama that exerts a powerful emotional grip and features terrific performances from a reunited Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It feels removed from the messy energies and doomy turbulence it depicts, filtering them through an aesthetic sensibility so tasteful, controlled and ultimately second-hand, that it can impress but never truly move us.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
I don't know anyone who'd want to watch, in these miserable times, a marriage swirling down life's khazi. But that doesn't stop it being a fine piece of work. And while I didn't enjoy it at all, I can definitely recommend it.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Handsomely done and beautifully acted, just slightly wanting in a screenplay that leaves questions unanswered about what's behind these unhappy people. And it's ultra-depressing...
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
It leaves you feeling voyeuristically sullied; scrubbing the blood out of your mental carpet, privy to something simultaneously indulgent and inconsequential.
Lorien Haynes - Little White Lies
Mendes digs into suburban life with a riveting and ultimately stark marital drama.... And it's the terrific acting that keeps us engaged.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Mendes is careful to keep the mood largely sombre ahead of a gruesome denouement which, visceral as it is, doesn't alter the pattern of the film; delivering more food for thought than fire in the belly.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Revolutionary Road may strive for heaviness, but it's more doughty than weighty. The film is a doorstop that thinks it's a statue.
Dean Essner - Scotsman
This is a sobering, well-observed film that doesn't fully hit the mark but sets up enough pleasing ideas to chew on regarding ambition, marriage and ideals of how to live one's life, individually and as a couple.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
When he made his big-screen debut with American Beauty in 1999 it felt thrillingly fresh. With this second take on suburbia, Mendes is reversing up a well-worn path.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Justin Haythe's disappointing screenplay is less than cinematic. Too much of the dialogue is on-the-nose, and more akin to theatre than real life. Far too much is said. The brilliance of Yates's novel lay in the amount that he left unsaid.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
In terms of performance and production, this is an undeniably high-quality affair. Yet it's all rather superficial.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
A great script, visually stunning cinematography and great direction from Kate's husband Sam Mendes make this a remarkable experience.
Simon Thompson - Heart 106.2
While Yates' story retains flecks of perceptiveness, this is as disappointing as the characters' compromises.
Chris Roberts - Uncut Magazine [UK]
DiCaprio and Winslet channel much nuance into their home-based hell. Mendes' level-headed helming is best at pinpointing the brutality of banality, while Roger Deakins' lush cinematography stylises suburbia as a lavish velvet coffin for its residents.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
Winslet gives Revolutionary Road its depth and heft. That face still gazes at us, with its seraphic blend of beauty and horror, minutes, even hours, after we have left the theatre.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
This is an honourable attempt to get at the heart of a great novel. Its account of marital failure and of lost illusions is consistently absorbing and occasionally heart-rending.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
The acting impresses, the plight of the characters, less rounded and sympathetic than they are in the book, merely depresses. Roadworthy then, but hardly revolutionary.
Jamie Millar - GQ Magazine [UK]
Revolutionary Road is a moany, groany, phoney Oscars contender that's all boo-hoo-hooey. Mendes merely assumes we will share his characters' contempt for 'burbs life.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Kate Winslet's message is strong and if you don't get it the first time Kathy Bates will tell you again, but it could have been delivered sans hysteria. Flawless sets and costumes make this a sumptuous but sad trip into the '50s.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
This is a movie by and for the actors, especially for Kate Winslet, whose prodigious talents are well used throughout this bleak, troubling and powerful drama.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Suburbia never was what it's cracked up to be.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Revolutionary takes us down a familiar road.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
DiCaprio and Winslet deliver terrific performances.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
There are no wasted moments in this film. There are many you can't watch without wincing.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Imagine, if you can, what Tennessee Williams might have written for a story line of TV's Mad Men and you'll get a good picture of Revolutionary Road.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Each revelation. Every event. A snapshot.[Sam] Mendes lingers on the characters %u2014 especially Golden Globe winning [Kate] Winslet %u2014 and wordlessly lets you feel what they feel.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Revolutionary Road is a very powerful film even if I'm unsure whether or not it's also a very good one.
Todd Gilchrist - H Magazine
Mendes' skillfully struck detachment sabotages pathos.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Sooner or later it becomes very hard to escape the sense that nothing actually happens in this film.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
Does Yates's work stand up today? If you want an insight into the horrors of being married to the wrong person, there's nobody like him. But the result is not so much riveting drama as highly potent aversion therapy.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
A gripping and harrowing dissection of two deluded souls.
Peter Galvin - FILMINK (Australia)
A cold and unappealing drama that is almost cripplingly middle-class.
Vicky Roach - Daily Telegraph (Australia)
While the theme of 'what are you doing with your life?' resonates, it's not much fun to watch, in spite of splendid performances from all concerned.
Nick Dent - Time Out Sydney
Revolutionary Road is a very well-made film indeed, and if it stings a little, that is only a testament to how strong a work it is.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Watching a Sam Mendes film is like sitting in a room while all the air is being sucked out.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
There is great anguish and great artistry in this showcase by Winslet. This is a film that hurts so good.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
If the film seems obvious compared to the novel, it captures Yates' idea that the young, even naive, Frank and April are play actors in their own lives...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
...brilliant and cold, like a sun-flooded winter's day.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It packs some dramatic fireworks but, in the end, not enough emotional punch.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
An involving film that disturbs on the deepest levels as tensions mount, words ricochet like bullets and actions speak louder than words
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Except for a handful of misplaced laughs, "Revolutionary Road" is nothing but loud arguments, awkward silences and other bits of unpleasantness.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Skilfully adapted and superbly directed, the film is an emotional tornado, delivered with exceptional performances from not only the two leads but the entire cast
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of American Beauty, has made another American beauty, this one a powerful examination of a young couple trying desperately to deal with the plasticity of 1950s suburbia.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
This cracked social mirror the director holds up to society is no pretty sight. Although it's impossible to turn away.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
People will argue over the film's histrionic tendencies but stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DeCaprio bring it in every scene and produce an admittedly depressing film.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Revolutionary Road isn't just a failed literary adaptation. It's a failure of the worst kind: It doesn't even make you want to read Richard Yates' deservedly legendary book.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Revolutionary Road's existential dread of unspoken feelings bubbling to the surface perhaps better resembles Tennessee Williams, a towering explorer of authenticity and self-delusion.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Revolutionary Road ranks right up there with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in its characterization of a coupling deeply scabrous and defective.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Director Sam Mendes, who covered similar ground in American Beauty, evokes the Eisenhower years in every detail and sets a reasonable pace for the script. Yet the path is so familiar that not a step along it takes us by surprise.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The film is jolted into hopes and dreams and more importantly, escaping a blah life. But you can just sense there is something else. After all, this film isn't called 'Frank and April Move to Paris.'
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
DiCaprio and Winslet's cinematic reunion only highlights Revolutionary Road's bleakness: Even if the Titanic hadn't gone down, the film tells us, these lovebirds were still doomed.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Revolutionary Road, an essay on the emptiness of 1950s suburban life, leaves one with an empty feeling.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
After Winslet's amazing performances in The Reader and Revolutionary Road, it's quite possible -- and maybe even likely -- that she'll get two Oscar nominations this year.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
The result also has the authentic quality of real people clinging to the aphorisms and going through the motions demanded by the situation and the times, all of which is bathed in lush regret by cinematographer Roger Deakins.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...a limp, facile condemnation of suburbia (though in the interest of full disclosure, I moved from Chicago to the suburbs six years ago and happen to enjoy the extra trees.)
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Dreary and depressing tale that would not have survived without the powerful and emotional performances by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Sam Mendes, still better known for his theater work than as a movie director, has put a decidedly theatrical spin on Richard Yates' 1961 novel.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It is as fascinating as a train wreck, as well as the most sensitive, wryly compassionate, immaculately acted and uncannily real a movie portrait of a dysfunctional marriage as I can remember seeing since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Revolutionary Road gets my vote as the best American film of 2008.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The movie is intense and stylized, and bristling with great performances.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
A heartbreakingly sad yet remarkable film from director Sam Mendes.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
As it goes on, Revolutionary Road starts to feel like a tepid rewrite of a Douglas Sirk weepie.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The many millions who swooned over their romance in Titanic should expect to encounter a very different couple in Revolutionary Road. The bloom is very much off the rose.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Intense adult drama shocks but doesn't awe.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
They should hand out complimentary razor blades at the end of Revolutionary Road. But if anyone can find the refresh button on the exhausted suburban malaise genre, it's Kate Winslet. And she does.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
The movie's really a psychological horror story in which the characters, especially the wife, are broken down as surely as the spinster Eleanor Vance played by Julie Harris in The Haunting.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
It's a sterile, contrived film about unlikable people that's only worth seeing for a few very good performances.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Revolutionary Road hits theaters at the height of Oscar season. That doesn't mean it's Oscar worthy.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
...consistently elevated by the superb performances and Sam Mendes' expectedly enthralling directorial choices.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
...stale and predictable.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Another tale about how suburban domesticity is miserable simply because it's marriage and it's the suburbs.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
By emphasizing the breakdown of a marriage without ever establishing the hope and dreams that gave birth to it, Mendes has made leaden and incessantly depressing what was insightful and breathlessly dramatic on the page.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
These are performances - and lives - lived in quotation marks.
Sean Axmaker - Parallax View
Like Columbus, British filmmaker Sam Mendes insists he's discovered America.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
you outgrow these arguments--you only hope that the entertainments intended to illuminate as you get more curious have the decency to mature at the same pace
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A beautiful-looking but essentially lifeless work that would seem more at home on a mantelpiece than on a movie screen.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Revolutionary Road is for those of you who think Marley & Me looks like a sappy, falsely cute, sugary sweet concoction of junk.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
However familiar it may ring, this very downbeat tale about dreams dashed in the name of stifling social conformity feels freshly devastating, thanks to the lead pair.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It may be, as Thoreau said, that "most men lead lives of quiet desperation," but in the movies, desperation is much more likely to be loud.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
A showcase for DiCaprio and Winslet's formidable talents, and they are up to the challenge of playing tortured, well intentioned but ultimately doomed victims of dashed dreams.
Brett McCracken - Christianity Today
The build-up gains slow momentum but once it finds its rhythm Rev Road is positively devastating
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Revolutionary Road is content to be a powerful film about an ordinary troubled marriage; the kind taking place in a handful of houses on your block - perhaps even in your own.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
We understand -- immediately, like in the second or third scene, thank you -- that they are tragically suppressed; why should we care?
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
What is it about the 1950s that brings out the worst in cultural historians?
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Revolutionary Road isn't emotionally engaging or moving.
Jennifer Miller - Premiere Magazine
Kate and Leo just stand around shouting the subtext at one another, mired in that typical Mendes swamp of gloss wherein every shot looks like a picture from a coffee-table book.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A film that, by the end, turns into a far more unsettling haunted-house story than The Amityville Horror.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
It's keenly observed, handsomely mounted, supremely well-acted, and distant in a way the period trappings can't quite explain away.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio rise to the acting challenges of this downbeat exploration of 1950s suburban ennui and marital discord, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Richard Yates.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
This is not the film to see if you're looking for light, frivolous entertainment, but it reflects humanity in a way that can be cathartic.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A very powerful drama.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
The crossed-signals and secret selfishness of a bad marriage are the sour heart of Revolutionary Road. And it is devastating.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Give me something to care about.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
Mendes very simply creates a period picture and thus fails to justify why the material is still relevant in 2008.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Even though we could reasonably wonder if there had to be yet another one of these blasted suburban satires, at least Revolutionary Road is a pretty good entry in the field.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A bleak, bitter, brilliant portrayal of the failure of the fifties version of the American dream it so beautifully captures in period terms.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
If you're looking for an intense, character-driven movie, Revolutionary Road delivers big time.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
At any moment, we expect the depressed, chain smoking gilded cage suburban house pet Kate to morph into Sylvia Plath, poised to stick her head in the oven, a premature free spirit bloodied Christ figure imprisoned behind a window in a breezy hollow world.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
We all lead lives of quiet desperation, though some of us are louder than others.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
So straight and formal there's no room to breathe.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
An unflinching look at the discontent of a suburban couple and the ways they deal with the death of their dream of liberation.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Buy the house in the suburbs, go to work, take out the garbage, have an affair — slowly these two mortgage their dreams.
Bob Mondello - NPR
reminds us how, in 120 minutes, a picture can go from "I can not wait to see that" to "I never want to see that again."
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Extremely well-acted and not without its effective interludes, Mendes' latest effort is done in by a final ten minutes that lessen the story's would-be impact with an overload of tacked-on contrivance.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
From cast to conclusion, Revolutionary Road is fate funneled through a true artist's muse.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
What is the point of 'Revolutionary Road,' besides providing a showcase for two dynamic actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, to chew the scenery in an overwrought exposition of domestic combat?
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Hoplessly bleak and disturbingly detached, this dissection of a doomed marriage is saved by Kate Winslet's formidable performance.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
It's cynical dramedy for people who pride themselves on being smart -- that is, unsentimental.
Armond White - New York Press
An unforgettable film and one of the year's best.
Don R. Lewis - Film Threat
Affected, overwrought misstep from director Sam Mendes tracks the brutal disintegration of a 50s-era suburban couple in high style and higher melodrama.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
A skillfully composed but gloomy affair that rigidly positions itself as a Serious Adult Drama of the feel-bad variety.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Certainly the best work Mendes has ever produced for the screen, Revolutionary Road works as a showcase for performances: DiCaprio and Winslet are at the top of their game.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
[B]oth the protagonists are thoroughly mediocre, uninteresting people, and I never figured out why I was supposed to care about the fate of either of them.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
It is good, not great, and it is the two stars that make this worth the price of admission.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
An extraordinary motion picture that harnesses spellbinding emotional discharge and enthralling disgust, using two of the most talented and captivating stars of today to bring to the screen a masterwork of domestic isolation.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Revolutionary Road is impressive, but it feels like a classic encased in amber.
David Ansen - Newsweek
There will be tears.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Dutifully reproduces incidents and particulars while only rarely glancing at the underlying element of self-deception, of acting a part, that defines said moments.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
The territory covered is bleak but searingly honest. Ita(TM)s another terrific achievement for Mendes.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Is the movie trying too hard? In moments of self-doubt, I wonder...I found the performances stellar and I was emotionally rocked and rolled; I ask for little more.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The cinematic equivalent of watching a balloon deflate slowly, agonizingly, through a microscopic pinprick.
Rob Humanick - Suite101.com
We've seen Winslet pinned behind these window panes before, trembling. Here, though, her material is meatier, more about aging and the death of dreams, and she is spellbinding, particularly as she closes down.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Revolutionary Road is not a great film, per se; a great film needs the stamp of a great director. But it is a great film of this great book.
Dan Callahan - House Next Door
A stunning achievement across the board. The movie fully captures the kind of middle-class existence that turned a younger generation into hippies or radicals. Powerfully written, acted and directed, this is an instant classic.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Apparently, their hearts did go on--and how. Easily, one of the year's best films. It's fantastic, with two amazing performances by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It reunites again Titanic doomed shipmates Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates, but this time as doomed suburbanites.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The best work that either DiCaprio or Winslet has ever done. Mendes masterfully conducts controlled fireworks of verbal savagery to suit the age of apropos and good reputations.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Vital and brilliant, without American Beauty's occasional pretension, it's a shot in the arm for the dull holiday season, a shattering experience well worth having.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Not Titanic 2. She hates him. Michael Shannon deserves a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Onscreen cigarette smoking is as incessant as April's discontent--the period prop that becomes a running gag. A more important choke point, though, is dim audience involvement.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
An actors' showcase for its iconic duo...and both have grown impressively since they last swooned shipside.
Gabriel Shanks - Modern Fabulousity
Another gem from director Sam Mendes about suburbanites who lead lives of quiet desperation.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Packs considerable punch.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
Though boasting strong, Oscar-caliber turns from DiCaprio, Winslet, and Michael Shannon, Mendes' second dissection of suburbia is too studied and deliberate in the first acts before generating emotional power, and may suffer in comparison to TV's Mad Men.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
DiCaprio and Winslet are compelling as young people who simply don't have the emotional maturity to juggle their conflicting desires for material success, personal fulfilment and the rewards of raising a family.
Tim Grierson - Screen International