'The Road' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   13 reviews
75%
Rotten Tomatoes:   200 reviews
  • Allan Hunter Daily Express
    John Hillcoat's impressive screen version is not without its flaws but it does capture the abject bleakness of McCarthy's vision in a way that feels like the cold chill of winter invading your very bones.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jon Fortgang Film4
    100
    Haunting, harrowing yet profoundly enriching. The Road is the most powerful and moving post-apocalyptic film of the twenty-first century.
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  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    Not merely bearable, but affirmative and life-enhancing.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    100
    What might be the feelbad film of the year makes an early but convincing claim to be the film of 2010.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hagan This is London
    40
    Like Mad Max on Mogadon, the film is enraptured with its own depressiveness, coming on like the worst New Year hangover you've ever had.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sukhdev Sandhu Daily Telegraph
    40
    This one-note exercise in neo-medieval moodiness eventually dissolves into that perennial and most corny of Hollywood tropes: the search for redemption. A disappointment.
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  • Dan Jolin Empire Magazine
    80
    One of the most chillingly effective visions of the world's end ever put on screen - and a heart-rending study of parenthood, to boot.
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  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    100
    A powerful, thought-provoking and frequently uncomfortable drama, but it's also one of the best films of the year.
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  • Robbie Collin News of the World
    80
    It's almost-but-not-quite as good as the 2006 classic post-disaster film Children Of Men - and that's good enough for me.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    60
    Its high-minded, this-is-good-for-you equation of bleakness with brilliance works against it a little, serving up many of the same allegorical ideas as a George Romero film.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kevin Maher Times [UK]
    100
    A Trojan-horse blockbuster that promises the wham bam of apocalypse while actually delivering the quiet pain of human intimacy, The Road might just be one of the most heartfelt end-of-the-world movies yet made.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Anthony Quinn Independent
    40
    The Road offers an allegory of misery and dread that is crushing, not because it denies humanistic feeling but because it defies cinemagoing pleasure. You would have to be mad - or just morbidly depressed - to recommend it to anyone.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • FHM [UK]
    100
    One of the best films this year (and last!). Bleak, painful, charged with emotion and philosophical questions about how far we have evolved from animals when our comforts are taken away. A must see.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Matt Bochenski Little White Lies
    80
    The Road isn't flawless, it isn't quite the emotional masterpiece you want it to be, but it is both a worthy companion piece to the source material and, moreover, a dramatic slice of cinematic story telling in its own right.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christopher Tookey Daily Mail [UK]
    Drab, virtually plot-free and aridly pointless, this road doesn't get anywhere.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    70
    A long and winding, dark and depressing road but at the end strangely uplifting. The acting is excellent.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Charles Koplinski Illinois Times
    88
    Grueling Road Worth Traveling.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    86
    The Road... literalizes but doesn't flinch. It is brave in the dumb way brutes sometimes seem to be, as though it knows no alternative.
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  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    Instead of popcorn and soda, the concession stands ought to serve broken twigs and muddy water with this one.
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  • Sean O'Connell Charlotte Weekly
    75
    An overall impressive adaptation that, while tough to recommend because of its oppressive mood, stays on the right path for the duration of its run.
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  • Mike Ward Richmond.com
    75
    The Road is a heavy load to bare for the casual movie fan. Unless of course, that movie fan likes drinking with the lights off, full-moon Russian Roulette or confuses the Sunday funnies with the obituaries.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    75
    Mortensen comes through with another haunting performance that mixes the cerebral with the physical.
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  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    75
    A very fine film that somehow manages to attain only a fraction of the heart-rending power of its grim source.
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  • William Goss Orlando Weekly
    What was poetic and spare on the page has become monotonous and oppressive on the screen.
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  • Jeff Vice Deseret News, Salt Lake City
    75
    Obviously, it's not really a pleasant cinematic experience, despite the quality of its filmmaking and performances. It's worthwhile for its character development and its examination of morality and survival behavior, though.
    Full Review » 5 years ago