On the Road In On the Road , Walter Salles' reverent, almost painfully literal adaptation of Jack Kerouac's birth-of-the-Beat-spirit novel, the characters keep getting high on one thing… On the Road In On the Road , Walter Salles' reverent, almost painfully literal adaptation of Jack Kerouac's birth-of-the-Beat-spirit novel, the characters keep getting high on one thing… 2012-12-21 R PT123M Drama Amy Adams Steve Buscemi Kirsten Dunst Garrett Hedlund Viggo Mortensen Sam Riley Kristen Stewart Terrence Howard Elisabeth Moss MK2
Movie Review

On the Road (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
'ROAD' TRIP Jack Kerouac's novel finally comes to life in this star-studded film
'ROAD' TRIP Jack Kerouac's novel finally comes to life in this star-studded film
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Dec 21, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 123 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund and Viggo Mortensen...; Distributor: MK2

In On the Road, Walter Salles' reverent, almost painfully literal adaptation of Jack Kerouac's birth-of-the-Beat-spirit novel, the characters keep getting high on one thing or another: drugs, twisty jazz dancing, unbridled sex, poetic streams of language. On a car ride to nowhere, Sal (Sam Riley), the Kerouac figure, gets naked with Dean (Garrett Hedlund), the life-force stud narcissist modeled after Neal Cassady, and Marylou (Kristen Stewart), Dean's naively game ex-wife. The odd thing about the movie, which is set in the late '40s and '50s, is that even as we're observing all of this mad sensual activity, it's staged with a kind of museum-piece diligence. The best thing here is Hedlund's wildly cracked acting as Dean, whose hunger for life — erotic, insatiable, destructive — kindles a fire that will light the way to a new era. Yet what Salles doesn't conjure is the rapture of Kerouac's bohemian romanticism. Wthout it, On the Road is a remote experience, all reason and no rhyme. B-

Originally posted Jan 02, 2013 Published in issue #1241 Jan 11, 2013 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
As Above, So Below
Universal
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
Relativity
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions