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1,882 Ratings

On the Road

Directed by Walter Salles
United States, France, 2012
Drama, Adventure


Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

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On the Road Directed by Walter Salles

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2012 | Official Competition

National Board of Review

2012 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films



…Walter Salles’ 2012 film version of On the Roaddeserves more recognition and serious analysis than it received from reviewers: not only for its sense of period and its landscapes, but above all as a polemical feminist rewrite of the Kerouac novel—partly prompted, I suspect, by Joyce Johnson’s memoirMinor Characters, not to mention an understandable hesitation about delivering the novel’s misogyny intact without any demurrals or caveats.
September 19, 2013
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Director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) gives this his usual polish, and the two-hour running time allows him to suggest the meandering quality of the novel, which he’s filled out with plenty of sex, drugs, and Beat Generation lore. Predictably, the movie explodes only when Kerouac’s prose provides the voice-over.
March 21, 2013
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It’s painfully conventional and, for all the rushing around, generally inert. The only one who seems to be breaking free is Kristen Stewart, liberated from her Gothic twilight in the role of Dean’s game-for-anything child bride.
January 04, 2013
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