The Road
The Road (2009)

"The Road" is a post-apocalyptic dramatic thriller about a father and his son walking alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 25, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Road's commitment to Cormac McCarthy's dark vision may prove too unyielding for some, but the film benefits from hauntingly powerful performances from Viggo Mortensen and Kodi McPhee.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Josť Teodoro
Film Comment Magazine

A remarkable, haunting picture worth multiple viewings.

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

How could anything so bleak be so promising?

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

The Road is one of the year's strongest dramas. But it's no picnic, to say the least.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Steve Dollar
Stop Smiling

There's about as much action as My Dinner With Andre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A beautifully shot film with a haunting soundtrack that adds to the depressing and often disturbing story of a father trying to keep his son alive in a post… More
Wildaly M
A little too slow for my liking but I'm always intrigued by these dark films and this one certainly wasn't lacking in the acting, plot and character… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Grim, straight ahead, no frills account about a just-the-facts dad and his young boy trying to survive after the apocalypse. Hope peers occasionally through… More
Daniel Perry
Had I not read the book, I'm not sure I'd have been able to watch the film. The beginning is incredibly lugubrious, and though it has its captivating… More
Brian De Guelle
A bleak and un-nerving movie of a man and hes 10 year old son travelling thru a post apocalyptic america and a dieding world too.This is a un pleasant movie… More
Albert Kim
A gritty, depressing look into a post-apocalyptic world. Sounds like an interesting approach to an apocalyptic setting but unfortunately, the pacing suffers.… More