The Road Reviews
11.25.09 by REELZ
General consensus seems to be that The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron, doesn't quite have the same punch as Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning and awesome novel.
"...it'll leave you exhausted, emotionally spent and with much to ponder."
— Peter Paras, E! Online
"The Road evokes the images and the characters of Cormac McCarthy's novel. It is powerful, but for me lacks the same core of emotional feeling."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a faithful but pale imitation of a film adaptation..."
— Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"...The Road, for all its vivid desolation, remains a curiously unmoving experience..."
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The Road honors McCarthy's book with haunting pictures of the future's end ... but they tend to overwhelm the drama in the fore."
— Scott Tobias, Onion AV Club
"The only purpose I can detect in the smoldering wreckage is simple masochism; some people like to take a beating and others like to spend two hours cloaked in the most piteous distress. File The Road under apocalypse porn. Unlike Wall-E and Children of Men, though, this one offers no hope of renewal, no exit from the hell it so persuasively depicts."
— Kyle Smith, New York Post