“Best Horror/psychological Thriller 2012”
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 - Salon.com
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
... 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
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
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.
For a spell, the film gets by on its unpretentious flair for atmosphere, even its disconcerting nonsensicality.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine