On the Road Synopsis
Based on Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel, a young writer and a free-spirited Westerner travel cross-country in a quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Notwithstanding the characters’ spiritual camaraderie, Salles’ emphasizes the hard physical labor and loneliness in Sal’s story, including...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A straightforward and rather sane version of the events described in the book and, against all odds, a surprisingly effective movie.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is a movie that, like the book, is episodic and has dips in energy but has more than its share of glory and illumination.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
On the Road is an honorable homage to the bennies-and-booze-and-bebop-driven hegiras undertaken by the fiercely dedicated...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Call it a successful failure. Some movies worth seeing are like that.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Stewart, selected for Marylou five years ago on the basis of her striking debut in "Into the Wild," is perfect in the role, takes off her...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
What Salles doesn't conjure is the rapture of Kerouac's bohemian romanticism. Without it, On the Road is a remote experience, all reason...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Salles has made an admirable effort, which - while no roman candle - can be appreciated for its honest ambitions.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A dash of Tarantino might have juiced up Walter Salles' wrongheadedly well-mannered take on Jack Kerouac's 1957 Beat Generation landmark....
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The narrative lacks a strong heartbeat; you keep wondering why the spectacle isn't as affecting as it is picturesque.
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How It Really Was On The Road!

By jzactor
I admit I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Friends told me it is too long and overdone (whatever that means) but I liked it, a lot! It gives what I would say, is a clear, accurate, exciting,...

On the Road

By sbright500
This is the worst movie I have seen in years. It didn't really seem to be representative of the late 1940's and early 1950's at all. It was dreary and depressing, and I left the theater angry to...

Letting Go of The Past

By gilbert282
Post WWII... Survivors of the depression, of the war- Overnight a new era was strewn before them. Ideals were being born, new cultures blossoming, business was booming.,it was as if the earth had...

Great casting, problematic script

By jgw_jgw
This film features a star-maker performance by Garrett Hedlund as the Neal Cassady character, plus many other strong performances. But the script offers no exposition and little context, so we never...

Carefree, Free-loving Writers Share EVERYTHING

By pedsarq
Jack Kerouac's novel, On The Road, comes to life in this grungy movie about young, free-spirited writers who journey from one town and party to the next. They can barely make ends meet most of the...

Other than Kristen Stewart nude, no reason to see this.

By johnnycashak
Literally, that's it. Movie plods along pointlessly, parading one worthless character after the other. There's nothing romantic about their journey, their constant wandering like I'd been lead to...

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By pmyers9315
Not the best thing I've ever seen but great performances are given and it is a beautifully rough movie....

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On The Road To...

By emmelui
I caught it at home. I really enjoyed it, at times I thought the characters were trying too hard to live up to the books standards. But, overall, I'd give this film, 3.5/5 stars!...

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Rated R | For Drug Use, Strong Sexual Content and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 17 & under Copious sex and drugs in boring adaptation of great book.
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