Roadie (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 6, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

"Roadie" is short on narrative momentum, but it's a perfectly attuned character study of this rock relic and his middle-aged sorrows.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What makes this uneven film rock, is hearing music from groups like the legendary local rockers the Good Rats.

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Rafer Guzman

The hugely sympathetic Eldard ("Super 8") gives this slim movie a real, beating heart.

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Alonso Duralde

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.

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Dave White

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.

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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

While the excellent cast does its level, honest best with the material, the material itself feels secondhand throughout.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Tony Macklin

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
The story of a 'could have been' rock star, that ended up as a roadie for 20 years. Not a very eventful film. A little on the slow side. All in all,… More
Jeffrey Meyers
An indie drama with a familiar story that adequately hits all of its emotional beats, but never goes past that. Ron Eldard is fine in his role, but isn't… More
Walter M.
The movie starts with Jimmy(Ron Eldard), a 42-year old roadie, being unceremoniously left behind by his employers somewhere in Michigan. Unable to land a gig… More
Sol C
Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy, and Bobby Cannavale's performances are the best reason to check out this film. They shine here. The film kind of feels like a… More