Revolutionary Road
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Titanic shipmates Kathy Bates, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet step onboard for director Sam Mendes' tale of suburban malaise in 1950s-era Connecticut. Adapted from the classic 1961 novel by author Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road tells the tale of a young Connecticut couple whose once-idealistic relationship steadily deteriorates into a ceaseless cycle of petty jealousy and bickering as they strive to retain their independence in the conformity-obsessed world of picket fences and perfectly manicured lawns. Ever since they first met, Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet) saw themselves… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mendes has made a troubling film that wrestles with big themes and touchy subjects, even if it is set in an overly familiar milieu."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"If Revolutionary Road had been filmed back in 1961, when the novel came out, it would have been timely and powerful."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"There is not a shred of hope, light or even life in Mendes' fourth film."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"These people are not tragic, they're not even pathetic - they're fountains of soap-opera profundities."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Revolutionary Road offers nothing you can't see on TV, with more compelling narratives and better performances (save for Michael Shannon)."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Bolstered by Thomas Newman's score, spot-on set design and the brilliant source material, "Revolutionary Road" is a darkly effective portrait of an Eisenhower-era couple who fall tragically short of reaching Camelot."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Bitter, nerve-wracking, ugly and relentless, Revolutionary Road is Big Drama done right, a mesmerizing look at desperate lives, wrong moves and spoiled dreams that hits hard right from the beginning and never lets up."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Revolutionary Road's portrait of a disintegrating marriage is so unflinching, so unsentimental, and so bleak, that you really need to be in a buoyant emotional state to get through the movie."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"From the director of American Beauty comes another empty, fake-meaningful tale of how rotten it is in the suburbs."
‑ Dave White,
"The characters in this film are weak-willed, pathetic losers. I just couldn't muster much sympathy for the characters that couldn't burst out of the cages of their own design."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"This is a sobering, well-observed film that doesn't fully hit the mark but sets up enough pleasing ideas to chew on regarding ambition, marriage and ideals of how to live one's life, individually and as a couple."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Viewers in the mood for rip-snorting marital combat should go ahead and partake, but they must prepare to leave the theatre in a state of profound depression."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Most of the way, the film feels more like a documentary about the couple than a corrosive study of either of them."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"... far beyond deconstructing the man in the gray flannel suit. ... [writer Richard Yates] explored ways we acquire and define our identities from people we love, and how we set our lives on self-deceptive and self-destructive courses."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Revolutionary Road is content to stick with hoary cliches about the emptiness of middle-class bourgeois life."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
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