The Road (2009) Synopsis
A father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) wander through a post-apocalyptic world.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee --...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Road evokes the images and the characters of Cormac McCarthy's novel. It is powerful, but for me lacks the same core of emotional...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the film is not as resonant as the novel, it is an honorable adaptation, capturing the essence of the bond between father and son.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Intense and, yes, depressing - and earns every minute that it rattles inside your head.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Between the two performances there's not a false note. Between the father and son there's an unbreakable bond. Though civilization has...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Road isn't a masterpiece...But I cannot think of another film this year that has stayed with me, its images of dread and fear - and...
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San Francisco Chronicle

The latest in a year filled with Armageddon movies such as "Terminator Salvation" and "2012," and it won't be the last, but it's the most...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Director John Hillcoat has performed an admirable job of bringing Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen as an intact...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
There's enough foreboding in America right now to make sitting through a movie such as The Road seem like one more heavy burden that,...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Everything about the film is a welcome rebuke to the happy-face apocalypse of “2012,’’ a movie that turns mass extinction into the Greatest...
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Difficult but unforgettable

By springs-eternal
How do I recommend this movie to those who cannot face reality or profound emotions? I know very few people who spend much time engaged in deep philosophical analysis of their lives or the world...

The Road

By nateleedogg
If anyone has not read this book, you cannot properly judge this movie. The book was fascinating and it was the quickest read of my life. This looks like an exceptional cast and I guarantee this...

The Road

By cathy_b
I was fortunate enough to see a sneak preview of "The Road" on Nov 6 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The movie is very beautiful--the cinematography is the best I've seen in a long time. The...

This is not Mad Max

By moodrojam
I saw a work-in-progress advanced screening yesterday. As the title suggested, and the preliminary screen shots I saw since last summer, I was thinking it's going to be like Mad Max. Why? Because...

Best Apocalyptic Film in Years (but not for the TV Babies)

By harmonicp
This film certainly seems to provoke mixed reactions. Many of the published reviews I've read are either favorable or unfavorable based on how well the critic thinks film stacks up against the...

The Road: a movie that will change the thinking persons life.

By mz8l18
This film will be viewed in university level classes. This is going to be one of those films the general public will hate and it will fade away into oblivion, but for a few it will cause them to...

Not a Road for Everyone

By Gangsteroflove7
Director John Hillcoat has the monumental task of filming a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel that has been called possibly the book of the decade. The screenwriter needs to win an Oscar for putting...


By Porposefully
The book won the Pulitzer - well-deserved - and per advance screening the movie is faithful to the book. Book author Cormac McCarthy, probably the greatest living American fiction writer, having...

Apocalyptic movie centered around a father and son.

By richardmacgurn
I loved this movie. Good acting all around, good story, very bleak and realistic for its genre. But if you're expecting anything more than what it is then you'll be disappointed. There are no...

Pretty true to the book, IMHO

By per_gaby
There were a few liberties taken with the movie, but none that were too obvious or completely changed the tone of the story. I loved the movie as much as I loved the book and I would highly recommend...

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Rated R | For some violence, disturbing images and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Touching but grim futuristic tale won't appeal to kids.
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