100

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Overflowing with melancholy and tragedy, Road to Perdition is one of the most somber gangster pictures ever made.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Has the juice to get its hooks into you, knock you off balance and keep you that way for two hours. It's a triumph for director Sam Mendes. The passion and precision of his Road work is staggering.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a genteel film with a gun in its pocket, but it's also a film with a universal chord of feeling that keeps welling up from the dark surfaces and violent byways of the plot-and a final confession that both warms the heart and chills the blood.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Long and winding though it may be, Road to Perdition gets to places that are well worth the trip.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Mendes -- wants to have it both ways, to get close to mob life, but be no part of it. And he keeps us at a dime-novel distance, too. He has made a dreamy, poetic impression of a world that exists only on film and in comic strips, and that has no resonance for most of us.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Paradoxically, the closer Mendes gets to his characters, the more remote Perdition becomes. One wishes that his film had as much heart as it does art.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Subdued yet percolating with suppressed emotion.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's much that's simplistically grand, worthy, and fine in Perdition. If I yearn for less measured filmmaking that cries out with more reckless despair, it's because I think hell on earth is a meaner, much more interesting, and far less tidy cinematic place than Mendes trusts his audience to handle.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Impressive yet always self-conscious, Perdition has more class and less sass than any movie in a while.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Its seriousness is welcome. It's also a burden the film can't completely surmount.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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