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: November 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
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Critic Score: 74% 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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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

What's unnerving is that the end of the world was shot on location. Apparently, if you want to see doom, just go to New Orleans or Pittsburgh.

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Anne Billson
The Arts Desk

I'm not asking for the end of the world to be a thrill-ride, but maybe it could have been less of a meretricious trudge.

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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.

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.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Even with the brief cameos by Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce, The Road doesn't meet expectations.

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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.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

How could anything so bleak be so promising?

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Peg Aloi

The Road is a murky harbinger of our future, but perhaps more urgently, a cautionary tale clearly reflecting our present.

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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
Carlos Magalh„es
Cormac McCarthy's adapted story is suffocatingly dense and devastating, a deeply haunting tale about a man struggling to keep his son alive in a hopeless… More
Jens S.
A father and his son are walking through an post-apocalyptic world that feels like the rainy version of a Fallout game. That's impressively filmed and… More
Kevin M. Williams
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
Mark Walker
I'll always remember the experience I had reading Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel The Road. It wasn't something I was initially drawn to but the… 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