Reservation Road Synopsis
Two families become intertwined when the father from one kills the son of the other in a hit-and-run.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's a kind of tough beauty to this deft, satisfying thriller.
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63

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Instead of a tense, emotional and psychological thriller or a thoughtful exploration of grief and guilt, what we end up with is ... soap....
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Unrelentingly bleak, the movie is nonetheless a riveting drama with some outstanding performances.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Tries rather feebly to examine complex questions of morality. It does a better job of capturing a sense of shattering grief, but it gets...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even the best actors -- and I'd rank Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo among their generation's finest -- can't save a movie that aims for...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Despite some solid acting, the film is lacking in surprises. For all the suffering that these characters endure, there's very little payoff.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The real problem with this movie isn't its trashy side - the "Death Wish" stuff is actually suspenseful. It's the creepy note of causal...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
George, director of "Hotel Rwanda," is better at directing actors than visual storytelling. Every time the camera tilted to suggest a...
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Paints itself into a corner, creating a static situation in which everyone is either stymied or wracked by indecision, leaving the movie...
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A deadly earnest and deadly dull psychological thriller.
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WORTH SEEING!!!!

By cellogrl
OK, so the critics have totally panned it. Big deal. Part of the problem is that the movie was marketed as some kind of crime drama. It isn't. What it is, is a drama about the moral dilemma faced by a...

No reservations recommending this movie...

By FRONT_ROW_
This is a good movie not a great one. The plot is extremely simplistic yet the acting makes it worth the $10. All of the much expected emotion over this tragedy that's every parent's nightmare would ...

Reservation Road

By mommymommybear
Horrible, horrible movie. A tear jerker that doesn't end. The plot is predictable and only Mark Ruffalo was a believable character; even at that I couldn't sympathize with his character at all. We...

Don't be reserved about seeing this!

By SaneGirl
Ignore the critics. Watch it and weep. Someone said earlier that after the boy died you knew what was going to happen, well, I didn't. Some of you must just watch too many movies. Beautiful...

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Rated R | For language and some disturbing images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Heartbreaking melodrama is too heavy for kids.
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