Road to Perdition
Road to Perdition (2002)

A hit man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest, hit man Michael Sullivan is known to friends and enemies alike as the Angel of Death. Uncompromising in his work, Sullivan is just as devoted to his private life as an upstanding… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 12, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Somber, stately, and beautifully mounted, Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition is a well-crafted mob movie that explores the ties between fathers and sons.

Mike Clark
USA Today

So is Perdition still a must-see? No question. But it's tough to fuss about it much when a picture is this fussy.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

Alberto Abuín

Gangsters. Parents. Children. Honor. 'Road to Perdition' is all this and more, perhaps too perfect or too calculated, but with great cinema in it. [Full review in Spanish]

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David Denby
New Yorker

Visually, the picture is all of a piece, but it's a self-conscious piece of work -- all dark-toned academic classicism.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Very little of Road to Perdition lingers, except for a feeling that you've been carried along.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Ploughing a furrowed brow, Hanks is fatally miscast -- except that the story turns so sentimental and bathetic, he's actually in his element.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
Sporting a terrific ensemble cast, stunning cinematography and an intriguing insight into fatherhood amidst the chaos of the mob, Sam Mendes' crime drama… More
Albert Kim
Awwwwwwwww snaaapppp. Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, & Daniel Craig. Sam Mendes, the director of "American Beauty". Game over everyone. lol, too bad this… More
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Jim Careter
Road to Perdition is a brilliant and heart wrenching movie. Tom Hanks should've had an Oscar nomination and the kid deserves more credit too. Tom Hanks… More
xGary Xx
Enforcer Tom Hanks is forced to go on the run when his son witnesses a mob hit in his gloriously photographed gangster related road movie from Sam Mendes. In… More
Kase Vollebregt
Sam Mendes' 'Road to Perdition' is an extremely well crafted film with skill and style created by its talented director. Besides an obviously… More