The Road: A Critically Acclaimed Apocalyptic Drama


The Road received a positive critical response. The consensus from critics was that it was an extremely haunting movie that may prove too much for some viewers handle. But it stayed true to the author McCarthy's vision of a post-apocalyptic world and critics felt that this was a wise move by the director.

The performances of the two lead characters in particular were singled out for praise. The depth and realism they brought to the roles was highlighted.

Peter Travels of Rolling Stone praised the film and felt that it depicted America in a haunting, yet somehow beautiful manner. He talks about the performances of lead cast members Mortensen and Smit-McPhee and how their portrayal of a father and son seemingly alone in this world, vying for survival, was artistic and authentic in equal measure.

Esquire magazine also praised The Road to the hilt. They singled out the movie as a necessary film to watch, whether we agree with the subject matter or not. The magazine felt that the film adaptation done justice to the novel on which it was based. They felt so engaged by the movie that despite wanting the protagonists to get to safety, they did not want the movie to end, such was the level of intrigue that the drama provided.



The Guardian, a broadsheet newspaper from the United Kingdom, were equally as complimentary about the movie. They described it as an incredibly powerful movie with Mortensen perfectly cast as the Man.

Luke Davies, writer for The Monthly summed it up best. He outlined The Road as a movie of contrasts, saying that it was a beautiful film, but not in the sense of the word beauty that we typically identify with. Davies was slightly critical of the directing in the movie saying that it did not feel as intimate as the book was.

The Washington Post took a different view and was quite critical of the movie. This seems strange considering the generally positive reviews received from the majority of mainstream movie critics. They felt that the movie was ultimately a zombie horror that was trying too hard to invoke literary emotions on viewers. Although they did recognize that the film has a certain kind of grim panache to it. They singled out the film as bleak, but in fairness this is pretty much the point of the movie. To show the bleak situations people may face in a world turned on its head by near-extinction.