Revolutionary Road Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • It simply doesn't play as well as it reads.

    Andrew Sarris — 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

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