PROFANITY: 11 F-words, 3 S-words, 9 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: A woman bleeds. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Rare comic dialogue.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Revolutionary Road is a fine motion picture, but it's not a good choice to lighten a burden or brighten a night. It rewards in the ways that only tragedies can.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent 'Revolutionary Road' shows the American Dream awakened by a nightmare.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 41 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: There were only a few in this age and they weren't impressed with this movie. Most rated it as "Good/Average” and one hated it. NOT Recommended!
ADULTS: The male reviews are disappointing. Only a small percentage truly loved it. Fortunately, quite a few rated it "Very Good,” which equals above average. However, over half only rated it "Good/Average” or lower, which is disappointing. The females reviews are considerably better but not great. Over half of them truly enjoyed "Revolutionary Road,” but very few gave it really high reviews. Most rated it above average to average with a few loving it and a few hating it.
Frank and April have always seen themselves as special, different, ready and willing to live their lives based on higher ideals. So, as soon as they move into their new house on Revolutionary Road, they proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era.
Yet for all their charm, beauty and irreverence, the Wheelers find themselves becoming exactly what they didn't expect: a good man with a routine job whose nerve has gone missing; a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion; an American family with lost dreams, like any other.
Driven to change their fates, April hatches an audacious plan to start all over again, to leave the comforts of Connecticut behind for the great unknown of Paris. But when the plan is put in motion, each spouse is pushed to extremes – one to escape whatever the cost, the other to save all that they have, no matter the compromises.