The Road Reviews

  • A powerfully atmospheric blend of ghostly encounters, horrific situations and missing-persons mysteries from the Philippine director Yam Laranas.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Call it a haircut of Psycho with ectoplasmic additives, The Road still has a whispering menace and visual grandeur all its own.

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • Although the story doesn't always quite hold, "The Road" is still a satisfyingly creepy film.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This low-budget shocker eventually pays off, displaying just enough narrative ingenuity to compensate for a cinematically crude and logistically sketchy deployment of the requisite blood-and-guts mayhem.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • [Laranas] delivers a maximum of suspense and horror, working wonders with a small budget.

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • If it's patchy and derivative it also has a compelling, soapy undertow that kept me watching.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

  • The film's three-pronged narrative does a fair job of laying a spooky groundwork for the revelatory emotional sadism that lies behind most acts of evil; it just takes a bit of clunky exposition to get there.

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

  • Laranas definitely has the mind and vision for good horror, but still has a bit to go before he can be called a 'master of the genre.'

    Kofi Outlaw — ScreenRant

  • While effectively moody...proves overlong for optimal shock value, with entirely too many dull stretches along the way.

    Frank Swietek — One Guy's Opinion

  • Genre fans beware -- 'The Road' proves a bumpy ride, slow-going, monotonous and, the most unforgivable sin of all, not in the least scary.

    Glenn Lovell — CinemaDope

  • This philosophical film helps elevate the film above the usual scared-teenager shocker although, sometimes, the film ignores the bread-and-butter demands of the genre.

    Stephen Whitty — Newark Star-Ledger

  • ... Enough rattling thrills for the date-night crowd, and enough story and character for older film buffs to chew on. The ride home afterwards might require your high beams.

    Burl Burlingame — Honolulu Star-Advertiser

  • The Road spends most of its time going in circles, working and reworking a small set of potent images.

    Sam Adams — AV Club

  • Heavy on atmosphere, but light on substance.

    Dustin Putman

  • For a spell, the film gets by on its unpretentious flair for atmosphere, even its disconcerting nonsensicality.

    Ed Gonzalez — Slant Magazine

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