There's much that's simplistically touching, optimistic, and appealing in the filial trend, just as there's much that's simplistically grand, worthy, and fine in Perdition.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
It inspires a continuing and deeply satisfying awareness of the best movies as monumental 'picture shows.'
Stephen Holden - New York Times
In lots of ways that matter, this has been another terrifically confident achievement from Sam Mendes; the challenge will be to move on to simpler, less grandiloquent material on a more plausibly human scale.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Despite the surface attractions -- Conrad L. Hall's cinematography will likely be nominated for an Oscar next year -- there's something impressive and yet lacking about everything.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
All in all, Road to Perdition is more in love with strangeness than excellence.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Mendes knows his way around a gangster movie, resurrecting the genre by grafting it to a Western's confrontational landscape.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Mendes still doesn't quite know how to fill a frame. Like the Hanks character, he's a slow study: The action is stilted and the tabloid energy embalmed.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
The most brilliant work in this genre since the 1984 uncut version of Sergio Leone's flawed but staggering Once Upon a Time in America.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Suspenseful, riveting, poignant and haunting.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
It is an impressive accomplishment on its own artful terms, with strong performances by Hanks, Newman, Jude Law, Stanley Tucci and others elevating it above an exercise in style.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
The pulp shows clearly through the high-art preening: It isn't prominent enough to be fun, and the art, with few exceptions, isn't high enough to justify all the moody-blues meaningfulness.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
After I saw Road to Perdition, I knew I admired it, but I didn't know if I liked it. I am still not sure. It is cold and holds us outside.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A rare recent example of a big-budget Hollywood studio movie made with self-conscious artistry and ambition.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
The evolving dynamic between the two sets of fathers and sons is as compelling as the kindred stories of parents and estranged children in American Beauty.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
In an era of cinematic hyperbole, it is as impressive for its reticence as for its resonance.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Pretentious, portentous and humorless.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A rare and exemplary work of artistry and humanity that makes you think while it unfolds like the haunting pages of a novel you never want to end.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
While crisply edited and unindulgent, Mendes' work is gratifyingly old-school in its rejection of modern-day stylistic agitation, the better to achieve a slow but inexorable build to its climax.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
It may well end up with the multiple Oscar nominations its enthusiasts are predicting.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Fathers and sons, and the uneasy bonds between them, rarely have received such a sophisticated and unsentimental treatment on the big screen as they do in this marvelous film.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
A beautifully mounted essay in gangland nostalgia.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If you accept Road To Perdition on its own terms, as a kind of gangster opera that unfolds with a measured mythical grace, you quickly forgive the fact you're taking the road much travelled.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
For its textured visual detail, casting and snaking narrative, The Road to Perdition is a trip worth taking, though the recommendation comes with reservations.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Neither a good Paul Newman nor a bad Tom Hanks can save this dreary art-house flick from the airless grip of American Beauty director Sam Mendes.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Serious movie-goers embarking upon this journey will find that The Road to Perdition leads to a satisfying destination.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A rock-solid gangster movie with a fair amount of suspense, intriguing characters and bizarre bank robberies, plus a heavy dose of father-and-son dynamics.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Like all films that count for something, this stunner gets under your skin.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This is classic albeit somber filmmaking, restrained and all of a piece, by a director who believes film can tell adult stories in an adult manner, who knows the effects he wants and how to get them.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Powerful, beautiful film; ok for mature teens.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
The top-billed actors deliver: Hanks with his resonant reserve and Newman in conveying Rooney's failed attempt to live up to his self-image as the ultimate just and loving patriarch. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
...something more than the sum of its parts; namely, a gripping, touching, entertaining motion picture.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
This last motif surges in the film's coda with a sequence that is 2002's most rapturous, a long, undulating shot that combines serenity and horror.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Director Sam Mendes is on course to become one of the great directors of this decade.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
From the first ten minutes you can already guess this is a true epic and masterpiece.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
It's Newman who really stands out. Despite his advanced years -- he's 77 -- the man still has remarkable presence.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Hanks and Newman are the personification of anguish and torn loyalty in a gripping, violent film that is part character study and part cat-and-mouse chase with classic western embellishments.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Road is so beautiful, so well composed and so tidy in its sense of justice that it never quite gets its hands dirty enough to evoke any true emotion.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Ploughing a furrowed brow, Hanks is fatally miscast -- except that the story turns so sentimental and bathetic, he's actually in his element.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
A simple parable, starkly outlined, with talented actors shading these sketches with wisdom and detail.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
An enjoyable, well-acted, written, and directed two hours.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
It's wonderful to see Paul Newman in a great role again.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Mendes has proven that he must be counted among the greatest directors
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
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Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Easily the best movie so far in 2002, Road to Perdition holds its own against the finest films any year has to offer.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
It is this year's first truly great film.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Esteticamente belo, mas emocionalmente vazio.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Along with cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, [Sam] Mendes has crafted a film that's just as exciting to look at as it is to watch.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The road they're on is too familiar, with not enough about turns.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Introspective, while never feeling ponderous ... The strength of the performances lies in their subtlety ...long, arduous, and heartbreaking - and worth every step of the journey.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Una pelicula oscura, precisa, por momentos grandiosa y casi siempre conmovedora.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
The film feels alternately cloaked in heavy wood paneling or soaked in cold Chi-town slush.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
This is supremely crafted, grown-up moviemaking that never escapes its pulp origins.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
The best picture of the year thus far.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
While this movie has good acting and a good script, Mendes's directing seems a little self-indulgent...
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Road to Perdition is so jumbled and poseurish that you're less likely to wonder, 'How did the creators of American Beauty sink to this?' than to venture, 'Maybe American Beauty couldn't have been all that good, either.'
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
A brilliant, yet gritty look at the life of a mafia hitman who turns against the man who treated him like a son only to prove himself to his own child.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
As glorified comic books go, it has a great deal to recommend it.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
...Mendes manages once again to use his overt direction to create a quietly powerful film.
Rachel Deahl - Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Beautifully shot, with a terrific performance by Newman, but Hanks is miscast and the film is ultimately too slow and uninvolving -- not as great as it thinks it is.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
An okay gangster film but an outstanding father-and-sons saga, alternately touching, amusing and horrifying, at all times riveting.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Thoughtful, profound, elegant and riveting.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
For all the formal sophistication, there's something facile and nerveless about Mendes' work, and, in the trickery of the movie's final scenes, jarringly facetious, and sentimental to boot.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Whether "Road to Perdition" is trying too hard or not, the point to stay focused on is that it happens to be a very good film.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Hanks is not credible as the cold blooded killer. It's not plausible. [But I] love this film for all its fabulous accomplishments, which are legion.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Contains more than enough brilliance to confirm that American Beauty wasn't a flash in the pan.
John Wrathall - Sight and Sound
Scorsese at his best makes gangster films that are equally lovely but also relentlessly brutal and brutally intelligent; Perdition, meanwhile, reads more like Driving Miss Daisy than GoodFellas.
Josef Braun - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The storyline of Sam Mendes' second feature may feel meagre, but this is a very classy production.
Daniel Etherington - FilmFour.com
'Yes, that's right: it's Forrest Gump, Angel Of Death.'
Paul Arendt - Teletext
A film where all the elements come together so organically that you can't imagine it succeeding without every part intact.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A powerful, atmospheric crime thriller that blends Godfather-style mayhem with philosophical meditations on the nature of good and evil.
Neil Smith - BBC
Brooding, meditative and gorgeously dreary, Road to Perdition is in many ways the most masculine 'chick flick' around.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Para todo aquel amante del genero criminal, esta joya es imprescindible.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Road to Perdition is ... a self-regarding, humorless film smitten with its own gravitas. It's so motionless it becomes a slide show about how to shoot a gangster film.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
Mendes allows his moral subtexts to be communicated directly through imagery and emotion.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Gran historia sobre el amor, la familia, la lealtad y la traicion que seguramente se convertira en un nuevo clasico del genero.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
[Sam Mendes] balances visceral action with emotional resonance, never drifting too far away from the thread of what is essentially a very simple storyline.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Should have been an exciting, thought-provoking artistic masterpiece.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
It is a Tiffany diamond among JC Penny fine jewelry.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
If there's any complaint, it's that the whole film is almost too perfect.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
For all its hard-boiled pretensions, Road to Perdition becomes a cloying look at father-son relations in gangster-era Chicagoland.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
In the end Mendes and company deserve kudos for crafting one of the most visually stunning crime noirs in decades, a film that will assault the senses and create lingering afterburn images in the mind.
Spence D. - IGN Movies
An almost indescribably beautiful movie, a living painting, every shot an elaborate composition of dark greens and browns.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The story of 'Road to Perdition' isn't extraordinary -- but the acting, photography, and other production values are.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The entire feel of the film is a little cold and distant, but isn't that the son's perception of his father?
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
The result may have some flaws but the artists involved may be commended for creating something that's provocative enough to linger in the thoughts of the cinematically disposed mind.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
For all its visual panache and compelling supporting characters, the heart of the film rests in the relationship between Sullivan and his son.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
"The story, so alive and idiosyncratic in its characterizations and periphery, is all hollow and cautious at the center."
Nathaniel Rogers - CineScene.com
'A film is only as good as the sum of its parts. Trying to make it seem more important is dangerous. Let's just enjoy the film for what it is and not what it wants to be.'
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
Good in the way that the best Hollywood movies are good, it exhaustively imagines an alternative world that may or may not have ever existed
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Mendes' washed-up gangster yarn is filled with overused, pretentious attempts at style and immature notions of death, religion, fatherhood, and humanity.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
In a constant war of pros and cons... Mendes is manipulative, and demagogical in his approach to free mindedness... with intermittent marks of ingenuity.
Jon Lap - Apollo Guide
The film presents its main characters in an overall simplified manner, where a character's personal dilemmas and inner conflicts are represented by plot much more so than by character.
Yazmin Ghonaim - Cinephiles
...a movie that wants to be great, tries to be great, and on a certain level is great... though perhaps a tad too slick for its own good.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Cinephiles will appreciate the fine camerawork and overall mise-en-scene, but people just heading out for a popcorn pleaser will likely be disappointed.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Such a good-looking picture deserved to have more depth and unpredictability in its story. But it does stand out as a personal and unique entry in a time-worn genre, and that may be good enough.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
In many ways, reminiscent of 1992's Unforgiven which also utilized the scintillating force of its actors to draw out the menace of its sparse dialogue.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
A powerful, beautifully made film about fathers and sons and sin and redemption, that overrides minor flaws through beautiful directing and first class performances.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
There's no spontaneity in David Self's spare, purely functional screenplay, which telegraphs even the biggest surprises so as to dull any edge inherent in the brutal payoffs.
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
'Trust me, when you walk out of the theater from this one, you'll know you've seen a great movie.'
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
Perhaps the finest film ever adapted from a comic book.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Road to Perdition grabbed my attention simply by being a solid story told with style and intelligence.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A provocative drama.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
The corpse count ultimately overrides what little we learn along the way about vicarious redemption.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
a stately, elegant gangster film
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It's all done with tremendous style and backed by exceptional performances. Jude Law and Paul Newman are both brilliant and chilling, but the real revelation is Tom Hanks.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A powerful flick with a powerful ending.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
A rock solid character saga beautifully photographed and meticulously acted.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
The best film of the year so far.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
If the screenwriters could have accompanied the beautiful visuals with a unqiue and unpredictable story this would have been a movie to place in AFI's Top 100 of all time.
John Oliver - Katrillion.com
[A] solid strong piece of work.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Road to Perdition may be the best gangster movie since The Untouchables.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
In such able hands, the film transcends its generic restrictions.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Nearly every scene is leaden, weighed down with portent and production designed to death.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
The film's style and beauty are inspiring.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Sam Mendes murders the sophomore jinx in this sumptuously melancholic realization of Richard Piers Rayner and Max Allan Collins' graphic novel.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Never has a film captured the Biblical implications of the father-son relationship so well. Road to Perdition is beatiful on every level.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Everything's been scripted and art-directed until all spontaneity ceases to exist... [It] feels stifling and utterly embarrassed to be a genre picture.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
It makes for interesting drama, but at times the Cruel Hand of Fate is a little much.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Has an underlyingly hopeful current running throughout, but at its soul is one of an impossible heartbreak that can never be fully mended.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Is it worth taking a trip down this road? If you can tolerate the predictable plot, dowdy directing, and familiarity of the film, hop onboard once and drink up the scenery.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
The boys wear brimmed fedoras, the girls wear aprons, and everybody wears a dour expression. Not for nothing do they call it "the Depression."
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
This is the grandest American movie -- mythically and tragically grand -- since Mendes' last (and first) film, the Academy Award-winning American Beauty.
Shirley Sealy - Film Journal International
It got the surreal look it wanted, but so what! The film was a soft crime story from start to finish.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
This powerful, understated tale of fathers and sons can proudly sit beside the great gangster films of Coppola and Scorsese.
Bill Pearis - Citysearch
Compared with most big-studio releases this summer, Perdition is quality cinema. Trouble is, it should've been one of the great gangster movies.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
...an abysmally profound achievement in gangster filmmaking.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
This is a good story that is told very well - the film has polish even at its most sinister moments.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
An honorable failure, but one worth seeing even when it places a little too much importance on being earnest.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Road to Perdition does display greatness, and it's worth seeing. But it also comes with the laziness and arrogance of a thing that already knows it's won.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Law delivers a revelatory portrayal, in what in other hands could have been a hackneyed movie killer, blending a loopy bounce and verve with pathologically sick impulses.
Scott Huver - Hollywood.com
The best gangster movie since The Godfather.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
The film is quiet, threatening and unforgettable.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Directed by Sam Mendes, this movie might not be as flashy as his Oscar-winning American Beauty, but it's a smarter film, more mature and emotionally honest.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's a film at times so visually beautiful, thanks to master cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, that it takes your breath away.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The plot holes are big enough to hide Al Capone's illicit millions in.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Visually fascinating ... an often intense character study about fathers and sons, loyalty and duty.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
This is more about family than FAMILY, and is well worth the price of admission.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
It's almost perfect.
John Venable - Supercala.com
It gets top marks in every conceivable category -- acting, cinematography, art direction, costumes and music.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Mendes brings stylish direction and platefuls of mesmerizing cinematography to keep the film beautiful, tense and touching -- even if the Road never rises to the apex it should.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Mendes ... proves that American Beauty was no fluke, only the first stop on a cinematic journey of intelligent entertainment that should involve us for years to come.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The themes never come to life in a way that goes beyond the trailer blurbs ('Every Son... Holds the Future For His Father... Every Father... is a Hero to His Son').
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
'Perdition' can be mesmerizing, and Hanks is at the sullen, sad center of it all.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
A fine film that stands on its own merits and one that does an admirable job of staying faithful to the spirit of its source material.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Technically, Perdition is a brilliantly conceived and executed film.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A partly satisfying gangster drama that amounts to less than the sum of its handsome parts.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Mendes, though best known for his Oscar-winning film debut in American Beauty, has the perfect handle on how to manage the mob.
Jack Zink - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Road to Perdition is long and winding, fraught with potholes (or plot holes, as the case may be) and its signposts are far too readable. Still, it's the scenic route, and it's not a bad way to spend a two hour road trip.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
A gorgeous eyeful and earful of a gangster drama.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
It's not entertaining, it's doesn't inspire any feeling, it doesn't make you think... It's a gorgeous bore.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
For all its defects, the movie has a hypnotic, terrible beauty.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Stylish, intelligent, grim and more meditative than you'd expect of a film containing this much bloodshed.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
There's not a thing that isn't hauntingly, quietly electrifying about this, the first truly grown-up comic book movie.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The material is never overblown nor heavily stressed, and when mere syllables are uttered between characters during crucial scenes, we understand why less is more.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Hanks is the main reason to watch "Road to Perdition," which otherwise is a somewhat languid, detached story.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A period mob story, and a good one.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Superbly photographed and staged by Mendes with a series of riveting set pieces the likes of which mainstream audiences have rarely seen.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The Road to Perdition is paved with good intentions -- and some mistakes in execution -- in this Tom Hanks gangster film.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Such sheer beauty almost makes up for the film's tired plot.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
Frustratingly immature, more a shadow than a reflection of its forbears, sincere but naive in its intentions, ultimately unwilling to take the risks that might distinguish it on its own merits.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Newman gives a fierce, astonishing performance.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
... it's the lyrical filmmaking - visually, musically and metaphorically - that will be recalled when all is said and done, perhaps as early as awards time.
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Thrillingly different from anything [Hanks has] ever done.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
An emotionally rich experience.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Road To Perdition knows what its about but not why its about it.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
This is an outstanding piece of filmmaking that should be more than well-represented come awards season time.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Hanks' tortured selflessness and Newman's grandfatherly menace are vivid creations.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There are many lovely scenes of the father-son variety between Hanks and Hoechlin, but the most captivating (and the most anguishing) are those between Newman and Hanks.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
It's slow -- very, very slow. It's not the ultimate Depression-era gangster movie. That's pure PR hype.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
You can almost see Mendes and company getting together before a single frame had been shot and collectively vowing, 'This is going to be something really good.' And it is.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
...the kind of intricately designed movie that will undoubtedly yield more details and messages on a second or third viewing.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Feels strangely hollow at its emotional core.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
With its hushed performances, thoughtful pacing and lush production design, `Perdition' puts its hands on its hips and dares you to call it anything but a masterful movie.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
It's the best film of the year so far, the benchmark against which all other Best Picture contenders should be measured.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
A solid, intelligent drama where excellent performances fall slightly out of tune with superb technical work.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
It's wrenching but never manipulative, stoic but never dull, exhausting but never wearying.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
An extraordinarily gifted cast methodically works from a multi-layered script steeped in Irish tradition and the loyalties of family.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Road to Perdition is a movie that's simply a joy to look at, as well as a poignant, engrossing and altogether enjoyable old-fashioned gangster saga.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The source material may have been routine, but the acting and production are craftworks that should not be missed.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The film is so predictable, the steps plod one after each other to the inevitable conclusion.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Its subject matter may be grim, but the film itself is exhilarating.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A rigorously structured and exquisitely filmed drama about a father and son connection that is a brief shooting star of love.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Every era births a movie that captures its uncertain zeitgeist while pointing the way toward release. For the fearful here, and for the bloody now, this is that movie.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Starts with a depiction of a wake and often feels like one...Mendes' portentous style enervates the material rather than ennobling it.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
"Road To Perdition" is, quite simply, Tom Hanks' movie. Any success this film enjoys, any awards it may win, any notoriety it achieves, is partly thanks to him.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Slow, dry, poorly cast, but beautifully shot.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
In a summer overrun with movies dominated by CGI aliens and super heroes, it revigorates the mind to see a feature that concentrates on people, a project in which the script and characters hold sway.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
2002's best film thus far, and I'm skeptical that we'll see anything superior to it for the rest of the year
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
While the picture's mood is inspired by the independent spirit of 1970s crime dramas, it's been given a send-'em-home-smiling, corporate Hollywood scrubbing clean.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
While enjoyable upon viewing, "Road to Perdition" comes across like "Miller's Crossing" without the bite.
Vanessa Sibbald - Zap2it.com
The spectacular Road to Perdition proves that even a hellacious destination can have some beautiful scenery along the way.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
A crackerjack yarn delivered with more than enough conviction and panache to compensate for the occasional fit of self-importance.
Mike D'Angelo - Time Out New York
Suffers from its timid parsing of the barn-side target of sons trying to breach gaps in their relationships with their fathers.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Dylan Baker and Jude Law evoke cartoon villains lost in a straight-faced gangster yarn.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Road to Perdition soars above all possible expectations to deliver a weighty, thoughtful, and brazenly creative film anchored by Oscar caliber performances from everyone involved.
Joshua Tyler - Filmcritic.com
Sam Mendes has become valedictorian at the School for Soft Landings and Easy Ways Out.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
No sophomore slump for director Sam Mendes, who segues from Oscar winner to Oscar-winning potential with a smooth sleight of hand.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
This is the most beautifully shot movie I have ever seen
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Stage director Sam Mendes showcases Tom Hanks as a depression era hit-man in this dark tale of revenge.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
All things considered, I'll take Miller's Crossing or L.A. Confidential over this flick any day.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Conrad L. Hall's cinematography turns out to be the crowning achievement of the entire movie. With rich mahogany colors and warm use of shadows, the look is astounding.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
This orignal, powerful, deceptively simple yet unpredictable Irish Godfather tale of betrayal, revenge and self-discovery ranks as a contender for Best Picture of the Year.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Mendes takes an extensive look at a cold-blooded man whose love for his family challenges his livelihood and his past, and delivers a film that seems unmired by the studio corruption that many young director's despise.
Alex Keen - Trades
Marvelously combines the gangster genre with coming-of-age themes. First 4-star movie of the year.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The Road to Perdition is, indeed, paved with good intentions. But unlike the road some of us walk in life, the movie does not lead to our damnation. It leads to the joy of having experienced a good yarn, well told.
David Poland - Hot Button