The Road Reviews

  • The Road, for all its vivid desolation, remains a curiously unmoving experience.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The most arresting aspect of The Road is just how fully the filmmakers have realized this bleak, blighted landscape of a modern society reduced to savagery.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It is an inexpressibly painful subject and Hillcoat has brought it to the screen with great intelligence.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • While the film is not as resonant as the novel, it is an honorable adaptation, capturing the essence of the bond between father and son.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The Road possesses undeniable sweep and a grim kind of grandeur, but it ultimately plays like a zombie movie with literary pretensions.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • In adapting this harsh, unyielding book for the screen, Hillcoat and screenwriter Joe Penhall pull their punches the slightest degree and thus too much.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oprah-endorsed, post-apocalyptic survivalist prose poem... was a quick, lacerating read. John Hillcoat's literal adaptation is, by contrast, a long, dull slog.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • This adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is intense and, yes, depressing -- and earns every minute that it rattles inside your head.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • You hang on to yourself for dear life, resisting belief as best you can in the face of powerful acting, persuasive filmmaking and the perversely compelling certainty that nothing will turn out all right.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • My, but it's been a fine year for Armageddon.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • This is a willfully, skillfully crafted film with insufficient heart to the task it undertakes. It never fully connects us to love amid its ruins.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ... what remains of 'The Road' is an honorable failure, given there was never any real hope of translating McCarthy's style-driven novel into film.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • Evocative as it is, The Road comes up short, not because it's bleak but because it's monotonous, and because McCarthy's vision is finally as inflexible as his patriarchal hero's.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The Road evokes the images and the characters of Cormac McCarthy's novel. It is powerful, but for me lacks the same core of emotional feeling. I'm not sure this is any fault of the filmmakers.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Already, Hillcoat's film has divided critics on the international festival circuit. The one constant is the praise, rightly so, for Mortensen.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Hillcoat gives [the postapocalypse] an unnerving solidity by focusing on the drab details of survival and linking them to the more hellish aspects of modern American life.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • I cannot think of another film this year that has stayed with me, its images of dread and fear -- and yes, perhaps hope -- kicking around like such a terrible dream.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • John Milton described hell as "darkness visible." That is the grim, mesmerizing world that director John Hillcoat creates here.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The Road -- centered by Mortensen's typically physical but tempered performance -- is hard to watch. But it could have been much harder. Hillcoat isn't doing opera here, he's doing tragedy.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The Road can be a tough slog, but the journey is a rewarding one.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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