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Parents' Guide to

Revolutionary Road

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Intense adult drama shocks but doesn't awe.

Movie R 2008 119 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+

Not good for any age to watch!

I watched this movie because the good actors attracted my attaention and somewhere someone told me it was a good movie! I felt trapped watching it. I wanted to finish it hoping that somewhere there will be some good lesson or maybe a better ending. Man, it went from bad to worse. I felt sick afterwards. If i want my teenagers to see a really sick bunch of characters, while teaching them how to not treat your spouse, I would choose this movie!
age 13+
First review! Pointless

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (11 ):

There's no doubting Winslet's acting prowess. Her April is wasted, exhausted, emotionally spent, and fighting to be alive. It's a sight to behold. As man-child Frank -- who can't quite reach his lost wife because he's lost himself -- DiCaprio starts out as if playacting but soon delivers a performance so raw that you forget who he is; by the movie's end, it feels as if we're intruding, but we can't look away -- he's that compelling. The rest of the cast is also strong.

But like April and Frank, who once seemed destined for a bright future, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD doesn't fulfill its promise. Though beautifully shot and well-acted, the film is hobbled by somewhat prosaic storytelling. Expository scenes come one after another, relieved by equally expository flashbacks. (AMC's Mad Men does this era so much better.) Yates' novel, on the other hand, is near perfect and heartbreakingly observant. Which isn't to say that our hearts aren't broken by the movie version; they are. But we recover quickly -- and with material as powerful as this, we really shouldn't be able to walk away intact.

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