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Music . Comedy . Drama

After 20 years of touring, a roadie for a defunct 80s hair band returns home to live with his mother.

Actors: Bobby Cannavale , David Margulies , Lois Smith , Lucy Spain , Arian Moayed , Lourdes Martin , Jill Hennessy , Suzette Gunn , Ron Eldard , Jarlath Conroy
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Country: USA
Release: 2012-01-06
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  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Michael Cuesta's perfectly-pitched indie captures the pain of arrested development with so much empathy and insight, you can't help but root for the unmoored, overgrown adolescent at its center.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    It's here, in a keenly captured Forest Hills, Queens, land of low-lit bars and manicured lawns, that Roadie soars as a gently comic drama about living the dream - or trying to.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    A lot of what takes place in Roadie feels overly familiar, and the film could have been a wallow in pathos except for the performances, especially that of Eldard.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Eldard, with eyes projecting adolescent vulnerability and a body lost to awkward midlife chub, is enough to redeem Cuesta's indie commonplaces.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Roadie features some wonderfully evocative music out of its characters' collective past (local legends the Good Rats, for instance) but like Jimmy himself, it takes a bit of a push to get the picture going, which it gets, both emotionally and dramatically, thanks largely to its ensemble.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Soulfully directed by Michael Cuesta ("L.I.E."), Roadie is short on narrative momentum, but it's a perfectly attuned character study of this rock relic and his middle-aged sorrows.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    One problem is Jimmy and his mother's dialogue, which continues in the same clichéd vein as the opening scenes of him alone yelling and yammering into his cell.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    I simultaneously want to endorse its ambition and nerve and report that it's a very mixed bag. Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Aside from the entertaining specificity about its setting and its protagonist's profession, Roadie is as disappointingly rote as its standard setup suggests.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    A slice of slight character-driven conventionality in which directorial sensitivity and drama rooted in tense conversations and intermittent blow-ups prove incapable of imparting depth to a tale that plays like a series of simplistic stock gestures.

    Slant Magazine Full Review