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A father (Viggo Mortensen) and son make their way across a post-apocalyptic United States in hopes of finding civilization amongst the nomadic cannibal tribes in 2929 Productions' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's thrilling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road. John Hillcoat (The Proposition) directs from a screenplay provided by Joe Penhall. Charlize Theron co-stars in the Dimension Films release. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Hillcoat's movie is a resounding triumph. Stunning landscape photography sets the melancholy mood, and Nick Cave's wrenching score reinforces it. But it is the performances that ultimately hold the film together."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The Road is one of the year's strongest dramas. But it's no picnic, to say the least."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"Unpleasant post-apocalyptic drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is a tough road to follow"
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"Hillcoat certainly provides the requisite seriousness, but what the movie lacks is an underlying sense of innocence, a sense that, however far humanity has sunk, there is at least some chance of rising again."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"How could anything so bleak be so promising?"
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"There's about as much action as My Dinner With Andre."
‑ Steve Dollar, Stop Smiling
"Hillcoat does his best, and for the most part, he succeeds. The horrifically desolate landscape and the drab greys and cobalt blues of the scarred sky pervade every shot."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Without watering down Cormac McCarthy's hangman prose, John Hillcoat's adaptation transcended sad, gray apocalypse tropes to become an unexpectedly uplifting parable about faith, kindness and family at world's end."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"It hits a few tinny, sentimental notes. Still, I admire the craft and conviction of this film, and I was impressed enough by the look and the performances to recommend that you see it."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"You hang on to yourself for dear life, resisting belief as best you can in the face of powerful acting, persuasive filmmaking and the perversely compelling certainty that nothing will turn out all right."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The Road is a highly emotional, involving, palm-sweatingly tense movie that will scar you for life if you let it. Exhausting to watch but oddly exhilirating to experience, it's a film you'll watch once but will never forget."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Una película agobiante, notablemente realizada y narrada. Tan dura y desoladora como el futuro posible que describe."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"...only half as traumatic as the Cormac McCarthy novel on which it's based - which of course means that it will still leave you a wreck."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
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