On the Road
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Based on Jack Kerouc's beloved American novel, On The Road is the story of Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, and Dean Moriarty, a devastatingly charming ex-con, married to the very liberated and seductive Marylou. Sal and Dean bond instantly instantly upon meeting. Determined not to get locked in to a constricted life, the two friends cut their ties and take to the road with Marylou. Thirsting for freedom, the three young people head off in search of the world, of other encounters, and of themselves. -- (C) IFC

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not a wreck of a movie; it's not a sleek race car either. But there's heat to be felt here."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It took more than half a century, but Jack Kerouac's autobiographical cult novel of bohemian youth in postwar America has reached the screen in wonderful form."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Although the film is sensationally photographed and artfully directed and scored, it's ultimately strictly dullsville, man."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"It's hard to imagine how such an exciting book became such a boring movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"The movie version of "On the Road" won't have the impact on a person that the book ever did. But it does go some way to explaining why the book did."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Walter Salles's warm but strangely staid adaptation of a piece of literature that was never meant to be tamed as cinema."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Against all odds, a surprisingly effective movie."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Despite the obvious enthusiasm of the screenwriter, the director, and the actors for Kerouac's novel, they get it wrong. Probably nobody can get it right, since the power is in the words, not the story."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A booze-soaked, drug-riddled, sex-filled escapade with no real point about young people casting off whatever yokes chain them and seeing what's out there. It captures the pure exhilaration of freedom for its own sake."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"At just over two hours, its challenging to stay invested in the movie and its choppy, rambling storyline. As a filmic experience, however, it serves as an interesting companion piece to the similarly challenging 'The Master.'"
‑ Eric Melin, Lawrence.com
""On the Road" is something of a sprawling mess, but then so is the novel."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"In Salles, screenwriter Jose Rivera and company's effort to get the details right, they only get so far. And it's not quite far enough."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Salles can't recreate the feeling of finding oneself in Kerouac's prose"
‑ Bill Gibron, Film Racket
"If our On the Road is a barely coherent tightrope act - a fizzy word drunk stand-up speed-rapped by an aspiring poet posing as a dumb saint prole - then it's tough to take this pretty version, populated by Gap models in retro Americana fashions."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Not a film for the masses....the story is laced with sex, drugs and nudity, but it is a capable character study of a group of young friends who could be part of any generation."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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