Road to Perdition
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The acclaimed graphic novel from crime writer Max Allan Collins becomes this big budget Dreamworks drama from director Sam Mendes and screenwriter David Self. Tom Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan, a morally conflicted Depression-era hit man committing murder in the name of his employer, John Rooney (Paul Newman). A kindly, aging Irish crime boss who raised Sullivan as his surrogate son, Rooney is affiliated with Al Capone in Chicago and thus wields great power in the "Tri-Cities" of Moline, IL; Rock Island, IL; and Davenport, IA. Curious about his father's mysterious profession,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"So is Perdition still a must-see? No question. But it's tough to fuss about it much when a picture is this fussy."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"While crisply edited and unindulgent, Mendes' work is gratifyingly old-school in its rejection of modern-day stylistic agitation, the better to achieve a slow but inexorable build to its climax."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Crisply, starchily self-conscious in its efforts to be a gangster epic. A pretty-enough remote place, with its rain and snow and fedoras and trenchcoats, but it's still a long way from Boardwalk Empire and Miller's Crossing."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"...something more than the sum of its parts; namely, a gripping, touching, entertaining motion picture."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A true work of art from [director] Sam Mendes..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Visually, the picture is all of a piece, but it's a self-conscious piece of work -- all dark-toned academic classicism."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Powerful, beautiful film; ok for mature teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This last motif surges in the film's coda with a sequence that is 2002's most rapturous, a long, undulating shot that combines serenity and horror."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"It's Newman who really stands out. Despite his advanced years -- he's 77 -- the man still has remarkable presence."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"What makes the movie pay off is moving pictures of real action and of intimate scenes between man and boy that are all the more moving for being understated."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Ploughing a furrowed brow, Hanks is fatally miscast -- except that the story turns so sentimental and bathetic, he's actually in his element."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The top-billed actors deliver: Hanks with his resonant reserve and Newman in conveying Rooney's failed attempt to live up to his self-image as the ultimate just and loving patriarch. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Director Sam Mendes is on course to become one of the great directors of this decade."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"Hanks and Newman are the personification of anguish and torn loyalty in a gripping, violent film that is part character study and part cat-and-mouse chase with classic western embellishments."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
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