Based on the bestseller by Richard Yates, this mesmerizing and moving story follows the lives of a passionate young couple living in suburban Connecticut who decide to risk everything to pursue their dreams.
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Fresh: Viewers in the mood for rip-snorting marital combat should go ahead and partake, but they must prepare to leave the theatre in a state of profound depression.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 9, 2009
Fresh: Sam Mendes's spiritually depleted film exerts an undeniable pull as its beautiful, doomed protagonists navigate the ennui of adult life. Revolutionary Road provides an apt bookend to a holiday season drenched in fatalistic gloom.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Monday, January 5, 2009
Rotten: Unlike the novel, which you can set aside and take a break, with the film version of Revolutionary Road, you're in for the duration, and it's ultimately too much to take.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Monday, January 5, 2009
Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road" is as haunting as can be. Look no further for proof that Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are two of the top actors in their generation. Sam Mendes crafts a film that is bleak, complex and knowing. It plays like an abrasively enjoyable literary exercise.
- stevenecarrier, Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Cautionary tale about our warped sense of achievement and the mindless pursuit of the 'American Dream'. *Is it just me or is Leonardo DiCaprio gravitating toward any role that will allow him to wear a fedora? (i.e. Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, J. Edgar, etc.)
- flixsterman, Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The novel is an American classic that lays bare the many pitfalls of the American Dream, but unfortunately, the film doesn't quite keep up. Don't get me wrong, it's passable, but it's a generally dour affair bogged down by a distracting and repetitive score as well as an unfortunately wooden male lead. Usually, I like DiCaprio, but it appears that here, he was just outclassed, (again), by Kate Winslet, who's such a natural by comparison. Ironically, the film's speechiness looked a little like the community theatre that it opens by deriding, and frankly, the words sounded better on the page. But,kudos to director Sam Mendes, for some scenes - in particular, the roadside bar where the Wheelers and the Campbells go dancing - looked exactly like I pictured them in the novel, and so did two characters: John Givings (Michael Shannon) and his mother, Helen (Kathy Bates). Shannon especially deserves notice, as his Academy Award nomination was earned with very little screen time (like "Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs" little!), and he spoke his lines like both an actor and a character with a deep appreciation for the irony of the scenarios. On screen, Revolutionary Road makes for a decent and in places unflinching film, but sadly, it's not as good as I had hoped. If you have to choose, I'd say read the novel - if I hadn't, I'm not sure I'd have sat through the depressing and kind of boring movie it became.
- danperry17, Friday, January 21, 2011