“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“If I Were God, I Would Have Made The World Just So And No Different.”
“What A Depressingly Amazing Movie, Depressing But Amazing.”
“"Taunting, Dark, But A Story We Will All Think About, A Gripping Read, Now A Gripping Watch"”
“This Movie Is 2 Damn Boring”
“"The Road' Isn't A Pretty Picture, But It Does Have A Pretty Good Story"”
“A Memorable Dramatic Take On A Typically Action Packed Genre.”
“Short Review Based On Rankings”
“Quite Simply - A Masterpiece!”
“A Faithful Adaptation”
“This Post-Apocalyptic Masterpiece Is A Brilliant Story Of A Father & Son’s Struggle To Survive With An Oscar Worthy Performance From Viggo Mortensen.”
“Moderately Involving Tale Of Apocalypse With Its Few Survivors Encountering Great Danger.”
“The Road Is Sheer Brilliance. The Film Combines Heart Wrenching Performances And Thrilling Visuals Which Will Leave, Even The Toughest Audience Member, Reaching For That Box Kleenex. ”
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
Viggo Mortensen gives the performance of his career in the faithfully rendered film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's heartbreaking apocalyptic novel The Road.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Except for the physical aspects of this bleak odyssey by a father and son through a post-apocalyptic landscape, this long-delayed production falls dispiritingly short on every front.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Zombieland was the same movie with laughs, but if you take away the comedy, what is left? Nothing, on a vast scale.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
How could anything so bleak be so promising?
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
This year's entry in the Movies You Admire and Respect but Don't Ever Want to Watch Again Sweepstakes.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
The two principals are superb, and the direction is resonant in its very restraint.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Unless you're far better at walling yourself off from identification than I am, you walk out in a state of untreated shock. Rather than thinking about the movie afterward, you wait for it to wear off.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The movie The Road is nowhere close to its literary sire, but it's probably the best one could hope for from a movie version.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Director John Hillcoat has performed an admirable job of bringing Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen as an intact and haunting tale, even at the cost of sacrificing color, big scenes and standard Hollywood imagery.
Deborah Young - Hollywood Reporter
Adapting a masterpiece such as The Road is a thankless task, but the film doesn't work on its own merits.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Hillcoat certainly provides the requisite seriousness, but what the movie lacks is an underlying sense of innocence, a sense that, however far humanity has sunk, there is at least some chance of rising again.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
What we've been given is no more than a reasonable facsimile, an honorable attempt at filming an unfilmable book.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The Road is a highly emotional, involving, palm-sweatingly tense movie that will scar you for life if you let it. Exhausting to watch but oddly exhilirating to experience, it's a film you'll watch once but will never forget.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Unpleasant post-apocalyptic drama.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Hillcoat does his best, and for the most part, he succeeds. The horrifically desolate landscape and the drab greys and cobalt blues of the scarred sky pervade every shot.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Una pelicula agobiante, notablemente realizada y narrada. Tan dura y desoladora como el futuro posible que describe.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
This is a tough road to follow
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Without watering down Cormac McCarthy's hangman prose, John Hillcoat's adaptation transcended sad, gray apocalypse tropes to become an unexpectedly uplifting parable about faith, kindness and family at world's end.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
...only half as traumatic as the Cormac McCarthy novel on which it's based - which of course means that it will still leave you a wreck.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Has an interesting thesis about morality and humanity, but lacks complexity in its approach.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
"The images are searing, but there's little for Hillcoat to bat around besides endless agony. The Road is glacial and precise, but rarely offers the viewer something to chew on besides utter finality."
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
While identifying with characters in a bad situation is a movie must, drowning in their deep funk as much as they do, is a narrative no-no.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Shames most films with the audacity to consider themselves tearjerkers.
Rob Humanick - Suite101.com
Um filme dificil e angustiante. (...) Mas, talvez mais surpreendente, representa uma experiencia profundamente tocante.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
In a post-Apocalypse world in which you can't tell the difference between good guys and bad guys, it's better to trust no one, and Man will do anything to protect Boy.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
It's just a slow wander through wreckage, waiting for bad stuff to get worse.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
The dull gray monotony of existence never looked as uninviting as it does in this film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
When the world goes Boom! I want Viggo Mortensen to be my dad. Who better to keep your spirits up in the hideous post-apocalyptic after life as pictured here?
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
The Road is a haunting portrait of what it means to be a parent.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema