On the Road (2012)

On the Road (2012)

On the Road (2012)

Jack Kerouac's generation-defining novel arrives on the big screen, executive-produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. From the director of The Motorcycle Diaries.

Based on Kerouac's semi-autobiographical account of his 1940s road-trip across America, the tale follows young determined writer Sal (Riley) who hits the road with a newlywed couple, the charismatic ex-con Dean (Garrett Hedlund) and his 16-year-old wife Marylou (Stewart).

2012Rating: MA15+, for strong sexual content, drug use and language137 minsUSA, UK, France
AdventureDrama
87%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Despite the high level of craft here, it's an inadequate substitute for the thrilling, sustaining intelligence of Kerouac's voice.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Salles, an intelligent director whose films include 'The Motorcycle Diaries', doesn't invest 'On the Road' with the wildness it needs for its visual style, narrative approach and leads.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The characters heroically swig from bottles, smoke joints, have sex and become narcissistic, flatulent and boring in a way that isn't entirely intentional.

2.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

You can keep the Zeitgeist embalmed in myth and nostalgia for as long as you like, but to truly reinvigorate it you'll need a whole lot more than a whiskey-hued lens and a frontseat full of pretty faces.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

While the film's dramatic impact is variable, visually and aurally it is a constant pleasure.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

All that's missing is Kerouac's voice -- the reason the book is worth reading.

0

The strength of the film is its depiction of seediness. Its weakness is that the characters mumble their lines - presumably to achieve authenticity(?)

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Despite the high level of craft here, it's an inadequate substitute for the thrilling, sustaining intelligence of Kerouac's voice.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Salles, an intelligent director whose films include 'The Motorcycle Diaries', doesn't invest 'On the Road' with the wildness it needs for its visual style, narrative approach and leads.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The characters heroically swig from bottles, smoke joints, have sex and become narcissistic, flatulent and boring in a way that isn't entirely intentional.

2.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

You can keep the Zeitgeist embalmed in myth and nostalgia for as long as you like, but to truly reinvigorate it you'll need a whole lot more than a whiskey-hued lens and a frontseat full of pretty faces.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

While the film's dramatic impact is variable, visually and aurally it is a constant pleasure.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

All that's missing is Kerouac's voice -- the reason the book is worth reading.

0

The strength of the film is its depiction of seediness. Its weakness is that the characters mumble their lines - presumably to achieve authenticity(?)

3.0
0