Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Road Reviews

4.0

64

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    While the film is not as resonant as the novel, it is an honorable adaptation, capturing the essence of the bond between father and son.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    Between the two performances there's not a false note. Between the father and son there's an unbreakable bond. Though civilization has ended, love and parental duty shape the course of this fable, which is otherwise as heartwarming as a Beckett play shorn of humor.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Director John Hillcoat has performed an admirable job of bringing Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen as an intact and haunting tale, even at the cost of sacrificing color, big scenes and standard Hollywood imagery of post-apocalyptic America.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    There's enough foreboding in America right now to make sitting through a movie such as The Road seem like one more heavy burden that, frankly, no one needs.

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