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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A dash of Tarantino might have juiced up Walter Salles' wrongheadedly well-mannered take on Jack Kerouac's 1957 Beat Generation landmark. Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel comes to the screen looking good but feeling shallow. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a movie that, like the book, is episodic and has dips in energy but has more than its share of glory and illumination. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The narrative lacks a strong heartbeat; you keep wondering why the spectacle isn't as affecting as it is picturesque. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    On the Road is an honorable homage to the bennies-and-booze-and-bebop-driven hegiras undertaken by the fiercely dedicated anti-establishment duo. But in Salles, screenwriter Jose Rivera and company's effort to get the details right, they only get so far. And it's not quite far enough. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Salles has made an admirable effort, which - while no roman candle - can be appreciated for its honest ambitions. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Stewart, selected for Marylou five years ago on the basis of her striking debut in "Into the Wild," is perfect in the role, takes off her clothes more than once and nearly always seems to be breaking a sweat, which kicks the sexiness quotient up high. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Notwithstanding the characters’ spiritual camaraderie, Salles’ emphasizes the hard physical labor and loneliness in Sal’s story, including the jittery rigors of the writing process. When he reaches a crossroads choice between down-and-out Dean and his own rising career, Sal senses that except for the words on a typewritten scroll, his life on the road is gone, real gone. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Call it a successful failure. Some movies worth seeing are like that. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    What's best about the film are its quick jumps from one depravity to the next as jazz rambles on the soundtrack: Youth is a candle to be burned at both ends, with (as it was once said about Bob Dylan) a blowtorch in the middle. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A straightforward and rather sane version of the events described in the book and, against all odds, a surprisingly effective movie. show more

  • March 26, 2013 thevisitor967
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    If you look at On The Road as a snapshot of the Beat Generation during the 1940s and 1950s then you\'ll probably appreciate it for what it is. I actually liked it. I thought it captured what was going on during the same decade that produced McCarthyism, J.D. Salinger and Elvis Presley.

  • January 19, 2013 jblaneseattle
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    I haven't felt this soiled since "The Rum Diaries!" This tawdry, drug-laden, chain-smoking mumble-fest is confusing, the geography makes my head spin, the shoplifting and car stealing are NOT funny, the orgies, the threesomes, and the reckless driving all with no visible means of support.

  • December 22, 2012 ye00000000102415
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    ......See This Movie at FLY27 COM

  • December 01, 2012 xr00000000133001
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    This movie sucks! Its as uninspired and unoriginal as its tittle,On the Road (seriously? no one strained any muscles coming up with that tittle) spends 3 hours trying to portray its characters as young dynamic pseudo-intellectuals, but all I saw were annoying vagabonds who were contently smoking, drinking, and jerking each other off. Kristen Stewart plays a total slut....which is neat, but the novelty wore off when i realized that none of these characters probably take time from making **** poems and contemplating suicide to bathe themselves. My biggest problem with this movie is its characters! They are not charming or funny, and because of the movies sporadic scene transition none of there adventures on the road really seem that powerful, instead they feel more like a fever dream. The music in this movie sucks,and watching the dean character dance to it (more like some kind of seizure) sucks! The movie is supposed to follow a young intellectual writer from New York looking for inspiration in all the wrong places, but the movie focuses all its attention on the Dean character who is a fun loving and wild bisexual cowboy form Denver.....Oh but he is also crazy smart, and philosophical and stuff. This movie should have just been called what it is Dick Riding Dean, (better than On the Road), because all i saw anyone do in this movie is dick ride dean, most times literally. First Savages was a disappointing mess, and now this movie which i was looking forward to is a total ******* waste of time! I wish they would stop adapting semi-popular novels into **** films I\'m starting to suspect that this movie was made for the express purpose of getting Kristen Stewart to do a nude scene. I would not recommend this movie to anyone! Its long winded , the characters are annoying, and the movie tries too hard to be a powerful drama. **** DIS ****** MOVIE !!!

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