Back Roads (2018)


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After his mother (a gritty Juliette Lewis) goes to jail for shooting and killing his abusive father, Harley Altmyer (Alex Pettyfer) is left to care for his three younger sisters in a rural Pennsylvania town. The uneducated Harley works two dead-end jobs to preserve what's left of his family, including the rebellious, sexual 16-year-old Amber (Nicola Peltz). Angered and traumatized by his painful past, Harley finally begins to feel hope when he connects with an older, married woman (Jennifer Morrison), and they embark on an affair. When shocking family secrets emerge, Harley's life begins to spiral downward, leading to a devastating conclusion that impacts the entire community.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

The effect, in this case, is more audacious than convincing.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Ambitious but unrefined, Alex Pettyfer's directorial debut Back Roads is a raw movie overburdened by heavy-handed drama.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

While Back Roads doesn't live up to its considerable dramatic and thematic ambitions, it provides a strong opportunity for its filmmaker/star to stretch his dramatic muscles in the lead role.

Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…

"Back Roads" is that peculiar kind of disappointment: a wreck about wreckage.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

This is an accomplished debut from Pettyfer as a director, and it shows how interested he seems to be in the scarier byways of life, which seemed clear in his performance last year in The Strange Ones.

Apr 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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The morose, brooding film is certainly a change of pace for Pettyfer, but only a sporadically effective one.

Dec 31, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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