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Based on 36 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Has the juice to get its hooks into you, knock you off balance and keep you that way for two hours. It's a triumph for director Sam Mendes. The passion and precision of his Road work is staggering. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Subdued yet percolating with suppressed emotion. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Impressive yet always self-conscious, Perdition has more class and less sass than any movie in a while. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Long and winding though it may be, Road to Perdition gets to places that are well worth the trip. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Paradoxically, the closer Mendes gets to his characters, the more remote Perdition becomes. One wishes that his film had as much heart as it does art. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Mendes -- wants to have it both ways, to get close to mob life, but be no part of it. And he keeps us at a dime-novel distance, too. He has made a dreamy, poetic impression of a world that exists only on film and in comic strips, and that has no resonance for most of us. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Overflowing with melancholy and tragedy, Road to Perdition is one of the most somber gangster pictures ever made. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a genteel film with a gun in its pocket, but it's also a film with a universal chord of feeling that keeps welling up from the dark surfaces and violent byways of the plot-and a final confession that both warms the heart and chills the blood. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Choice, a luxury of the Corleones, is denied to the Sullivans and Rooneys, and choice or its absence is the difference between Sophocles and Shakespeare. I prefer Shakespeare. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Paved with such good intentions and talent that it's sad to report this lavishly mounted gangster epic - the most serious-minded Hollywood film of the season - doesn't come close to living up to expectations. show more

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