‘Revolutionary Road’, the Movie

In anticipation of the movie debuting today, much has been written about Richard Yates’s cult classic, Revolutionary Road,  putting the book on bestseller lists.

And, now, movie critics are evaluating whether this will join the list of movies that are better than the books, or vice versa. As the New York Times‘s Manohla Dargis says today, “Revolutionary Road is the kind of great novel that Hollywood tends to botch.”  While he doesn’t think Revolutionary Road is botched, exactly, he says the film just doesn’t “resonate.” 

Other reviewers tend to agree. The one hold out is USA Today, which says,

…the performances are superb, and the film is beautifully shot. And the dialogue, much of it lifted directly from Yates’ book, is contemplative and incisive.

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