Road To Nowhere
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There's a murky, tenuous balance between reality and fiction...particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune, and suicide. A passionate filmmaker creating a film based upon a true crime casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. Unsuspectingly, he finds himself drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue: he becomes obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past, and the disturbing complexity between art and truth. From the Smoky Mountains of North… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The final scene offers clarity, at least, if not a satisfying payoff."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A rabbit hole of enigmatic characters and swampy motives...Shot by shot, the film has a burnished, beautiful sheen."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Without succumbing to any romance about the magic of motion pictures, Hellman imbues Road to Nowhere with a haunted yet hallowed quality."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"A return to form. But it still has the power to leave audiences disoriented, just as Hellman's best films Ride in the Whirlwind, The Shooting, Two-Lane Blacktop, and Cockfighter once did."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The first feature film from Monte Hellman in 21 years is a quirky and self-reflexive film-within-a-film mystery that whiplashes viewers with audacious inventiveness; it's both more and less than it seems."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
""The Road to Nowhere" plays like an exercise in frustrating audiences."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""Road to Nowhere" is a beautifully made, glorious mess."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Becomes less clever the more clever it gets."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A pretty great movie."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"Cult icon Hellman has no pity on the faint of heart in this complex time-warped epic of a film noir."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Ultimately, the film gets too clever and confusing for its own good, while the slow pacing zaps momentum from the story (and the story within the story)."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"A stylish, shimmering neo-noir with a multi-layered narrative for which the director's longtime collaborator Steven Gaydos has written an exceedingly elliptical and challenging script."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The film is a series of carefully composed, painterly tableaux that may stay in your mind long after its "story" has been forgotten."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"The sort of movie that goes down so many wormholes that, at the end, there's room for debate about what was real and what wasn't."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Part of the pleasure of the film is trying to parse the reality from the fiction as Hellman weaves everything sinuously together."
‑ Jason Heck, Kansas City Star
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