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Canned from a 20-year job as roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy is broke and desperate. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to Forest Hills, Queens to visit his aging mother, where a wild night with some hard-partying high school friends shows him that some things never change. From director Michael Cuesta, Roadie features powerful performances from Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, Jill Hennessy and a refreshingly eclectic 70s hard rock soundtrack. -- (C) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lot of what takes place in "Roadie" feels overly familiar, and the film could have been a wallow in pathos except for the performances, especially that of Eldard."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
""Roadie" is short on narrative momentum, but it's a perfectly attuned character study of this rock relic and his middle-aged sorrows."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Eldard makes you feel for this broken-down rock and roll creep. That feeling might be that he needs a good slap in the face, but Eldard doesn't want to be loved here and he doesn't flinch in the process."
‑ Dave White,
"Imagine The Wrestler if Mickey Rourke had just wrangled spandex instead of earning his status as a has-been. This is why this movie never feels completely original or moving."
‑ Grae Drake,
"Terrific contemporary drama about a veteran Queens, New York roadie who's been sacked after decades hauling equipment for Blue Oyster Cult is a gripping portrait of a flawed loser that allows Ron Eldard to shine"
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"The hugely sympathetic Eldard ("Super 8") gives this slim movie a real, beating heart."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Roadie has the stench of freshman-year mandatory creative writing all over it, from its cribs of Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller to an ending that's embarrassingly, clangingly metaphorical."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"It's rare that an acting performance can carry a movie, but Ron Eldard gets a lot more out of his role than was on the page. Eldard invests his character with palpable vulnerability."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"An appealing mood of discomfort that's marvelously executed by the cast, hitting a few persuasive beats of disappointment and resignation that keeps the story grounded in an intriguing, lived-in reality."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Shows the unglamorous side of rock n' roll - the lies and denial, the sadness, and the regret of dreams long gone."
‑ Mark Sells, The Reel Deal
"While the excellent cast does its level, honest best with the material, the material itself feels secondhand throughout."
‑ Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
"Mr. Eldard, who brings layers of complication to his character, makes Jimmy's vulnerability palpable, while Ms. Hennessy shows you her character's carelessness and opportunism."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Provides a touching look at a man whose life is in a period of transition."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Ron Eldard gives a sweet, moving performance as a 40-ish guy suddenly un-tethered in time."
‑ Kurt Loder, Reason Online
"Roadie takes its characters' suffering seriously without ever properly justifying said misery as enlightening or unique."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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