4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n emotionally intense, riveting and overwhelmingly powerful look at a man and his young son traveling a long road while trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (09/04/2009)
"[D]irector John Hiillcoat has found exactly the right actor in Mortensen to convey abiding faith among the ruins."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (09/17/2009)
"[S]pookily convincing...Viggo Mortensen, as a man wandering the wasteland with his young son, has a tremulous woundedness."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (10/02/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (11/26/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "At the heart of this bleak story are two astounding performances. Viggo Mortensen is superb....[and Smit-McPhee's] sweet voice and innocence are ideally suited to the role."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (11/27/2009)
"The theme of unswerving love is strong. The spectacle of a blasted planed holds a fateful attraction."
Wall Street Journal (11/27/2009)
"[D]irector John Hillcoat and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe supply some arresting images of an earth that's literally dying, shrouded in ash and littered with the artifacts of an unthinkable human tragedy."
A.V. Club - Scott Tobias (11/24/2009)
"The most arresting aspect of THE ROAD is just how fully the filmmakers have realized this bleak, blighted landscape of a modern society reduced to savagery."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (11/27/2009)
3 .5 stars out of 4 -- "The external events of the novel have been boldly solved, and this is an awesome production."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (11/27/2009)
5 stars out of 5 -- "The performances by Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee are acutely credible, with the boy avoiding all the pitfalls of child actors."
Uncut - Chris Roberts (01/11/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The] tender moments between father and son ache with emotion, and resonate as strongly as any of Hillcoat's de-saturated visions of despair and terror."
Empire - Dan Jolin (01/01/2010)
"John Hillcoat's film showcases intense performances from its leads as they struggle to preserve their humanity..."
Total Film - Jamie Russell (05/24/2010)