Parents' Guide to

Road to Perdition

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Oscar-winning father-son drama has cursing, violence.

Movie R 2002 117 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Powerful,Beautiful, Best Movie Ever

I loved this movie it was so incredible I can watch it over and over and over again it is one of those movies that will dazzle. Bueatiful music and fantastic acting as well as directing.
age 13+

The desperate heart of early industrial America

A fine movie, with a neat theme of a father having to hide his true profession from his son, who nonetheless glimpses the truth one harrowing night. Good film noir mood. Excellent acting. Nice material to ponder on children's perceptions of their parent's work.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Road to Perdition is a powerful, beautifully made film about fathers and sons and sin and redemption. It overcomes minor flaws through beautiful directing and first-class performances. The story is interesting, with the father-son relationships and David Self's adapted screenplay being both realistic and intriguing.

However, some important factors, such as more about Jude Law's character and some essential aspects of Sullivan and Rooney's relationship are ignored, as this ambitious film is scared of being overlong, an oft-criticized quality of epic dramas like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. It leaves the viewer to decide, but if it had just gone out on a limb there, the film could've been saved from having some baffling moments at its conclusion.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 12, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: February 25, 2003
  • Cast: Jude Law , Paul Newman , Tom Hanks
  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 117 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, language, and sexual situations
  • Last updated: August 9, 2023

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