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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: 281
- Fresh: 264
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The script is so fine, the performances so fearless and the story so engrossing that the background becomes simply background. This is one of the richest stories of motherhood (and human-hood) we've seen.
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.
Amazingly scripted flick
I had the chance to see this movie and all I can say is- WoW! Nothing like it in a very long time. It will surprise you. Capture your emotions and above all give you that uplifting feeling that our attitude can determine how we view our circumstances. Highly recommend this 1. I would also like to add here this- ppl who complain of the cost of iTunes need to take into consideration the convenience of ordering when & where you want. No lines. Pop your own popcorn and relax. This is a buyer. 👍👍👍👍👍👍💫
This movie is perfect. From the writing to the performances to the cinematography, not a moment was wasted in the entire film. I was moved to tears, sobbing openly in a bar after the film ended because I was so overwhelmed by the honesty, beauty and humanity of the film. A+ I hope it wins everything everywhere.
Great movie and performances.
I had to see this movie in the theater as I had read the book. It was as good as the book. The mom and son are incredible and I look to see them both get oscar nominations. Don't be surprised if you shed a few tears. Beautifully made but it really punches you in the gut. Thought about it long after the credits.