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About the Movie
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child under the most harrowing of circumstances. ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12, TRAINWRECK). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. ROOM also stars three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award nominee William H. Macy. At once a taut narrative of captivity and freedom, an imaginative trip into the wonders of childhood, and a profound portrait of a family’s bonds and fortitude, ROOM is a beautifully transcendent experience based on the award-winning global bestseller by Emma Donoghue. Director Lenny Abrahamson (FRANK) remains faithful to the novel while bringing Jack, Ma and their entirely singular world to heart-pounding and intensely cinematic life. ROOM demonstrates the triumphant power of familial love even in the darkest of circumstances, and is sure to take its place among the most emotionally affecting films to ever explore the bond between parents and children.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 263
- Fresh: 247
- Rotten: 16
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Abrahamson is never less than sensitive in his handling, never close to exploitation. It's a tough film, not easy to watch but equally hard to take your eyes off.
Fresh: There's no denying that Room starts from a dark place, but that does not necessarily make it a bleak film.
Fresh: Room is both horrifying and inspiring. It shows us the best and worst of the human condition.
Fresh: Room is a powerful imagining of an extraordinary situation, but it's also a poignant evocation of the ordinary, everyday intensity and complexity of the bond between mother and child.
I was not expecting this! I feel like I've been on an emotional roller coaster. Wonderful movie that I won't soon forget.
Just not that interesting...
A movie of two people living in a small dingy room just isn’t that interesting. I suppose there’s some morbid or lurid fascination with this type of extended kidnapping and procreation by rape situation, which happens occasionally, so the movie is timely or relevant, but I’m not sure this movie really entertained by demonstrating anything especially insightful. Ultimately, the viewer is left with an extended child actor performance, which however good it might be, just isn’t that interesting for me, as an adult, especially when much of the movie is filled with shrill childhood noises. I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic to real world such situations, just that unless it’s especially insightful or intriguing on screen, your left with a very drab movie.
Best Money Ever Spent!
I NEVER write reviews, EVER. After watching this movie, I have to say this was the best money ever spent. I loved it! You will not regret it. You are missing out if you have not yet seen this beautiful story.