On the Road
On the Road (2012)

Based on Jack Kerouc's beloved American novel, On The Road is the story of Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, and Dean Moriarty, a devastatingly charming ex-con, married to the very liberated and seductive Marylou. Sal and Dean… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautiful to look at but a bit too respectfully crafted, On the Road doesn't capture the energy and inspiration of Jack Kerouac's novel.

Tom Long
Detroit News

It's not a wreck of a movie; it's not a sleek race car either. But there's heat to be felt here.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It took more than half a century, but Jack Kerouac's autobiographical cult novel of bohemian youth in postwar America has reached the screen in wonderful form.

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Olivia Saperstein
Bust Magazine

While the film revolves around painfully handsome Dean's chaotic existentialism, the women of On the Road, while often discarded by their men, provide essential narrative stability and insight.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Walter Salles's warm but strangely staid adaptation of a piece of literature that was never meant to be tamed as cinema.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Against all odds, a surprisingly effective movie.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Although the film is sensationally photographed and artfully directed and scored, it's ultimately strictly dullsville, man.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

"On the Road" is something of a sprawling mess, but then so is the novel.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

In Salles, screenwriter Jose Rivera and company's effort to get the details right, they only get so far. And it's not quite far enough.

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Louis Proyect

Despite the obvious enthusiasm of the screenwriter, the director, and the actors for Kerouac's novel, they get it wrong. Probably nobody can get it right, since the power is in the words, not the story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Salles follows closely the heartbeat and structure of the iconic novel to capture the wild spirit of the Beat Generation, to which he is more than faithful, and… More
jay nixon
Ugh! Mopey people being miserable. That's not entertainment.
Jim Hunter
Sal Paradise goes on the road with Dean Moriarty and company. This film is less than the sum of its parts. In his effort to get the feeling of the Beat… More
Nicki Marie
Disappointing. Haven't read the book, so that was not my issue. Just expected better with such a good cast. The story is pretty dull. There's a lot… More
Manu Gino
The best teacher is experience. Good movie! The cinematography is outstanding, and it is a sight to behold, beautiful landscapes, a smooth, delicate filmic… More
Louis Rogers
Too handsome and tentative to capture anything like the energy and passion and ecstasy and sadness of Kerouac's book. That was a beat novel, this really is… More