'The Road' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   13 reviews
75%
Rotten Tomatoes:   200 reviews
  • 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
  • Stella Papamichael Digital Spy
    80
    Hillcoat's raw and sparing approach is sympathetic to the novel. Even after it's over, it continues to burn.
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  • Jamie Graham Total Film
    60
    Isolation, desolation and the odd skirmish: this is Hillcoat's apocalypse, not Hollywood's, but it lacks McCarthy's power.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Alex Zane Sun Online
    60
    This is a powerful movie that at the end packs an emotional punch to leave you reeling.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Trevor Johnston Radio Times
    80
    Ultimately, this bracingly austere film falls a little short of the greatness of the book, but it's still a terrifyingly effective warning that we squander the planet's resources at our peril.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tim Evans Sky Movies
    80
    This is a superlative piece of film-making. Terse, raw and unadorned, there are no cheap tricks to devalue a story of unconditional love.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Huddlestone Time Out
    60
    Hillcoat's movie is a resounding triumph. Stunning landscape photography sets the melancholy mood, and Nick Cave's wrenching score reinforces it. But it is the performances that ultimately hold the film together.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Nigel Andrews Financial Times
    60
    We come out humming the film's acting and production design, while wishing we could stop humming Nick Cave's music, which pulls out all the stops marked "Miserere mei (popcorn version)".
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    Not merely bearable, but affirmative and life-enhancing.
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  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    70
    A long and winding, dark and depressing road but at the end strangely uplifting. The acting is excellent.
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  • Charles Koplinski Illinois Times
    88
    Grueling Road Worth Traveling.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • 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.
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    Instead of popcorn and soda, the concession stands ought to serve broken twigs and muddy water with this one.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    75
    Mortensen comes through with another haunting performance that mixes the cerebral with the physical.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • 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
  • 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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Linda Cook Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    88
    Grim beyond belief and almost beyond endurance, 'The Road' is one of the most depressing "apocalypse" movies ever made.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Duane Dudek Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    75
    The concussive soundscape rumbles like thunder in the distance. And the film's episodic terseness is the poetry of cataclysm, in a language that needs no translation.
    Full Review » 5 years ago