Room is a powerful indie about the strength of the human spirit. And it’s darn good. I knock it down a peg for a tinge of actoryness / formula in the second half, and the fact that the second half feels just a bit draggy compared to the exceptional tension built up in the first half. The most dramatic moment in a movie should not be at the half-way point.
But I forgive it not following a conventional plot curve, because we’re talking about real life (“Plucked from the headlines!”, as it were). Kenneth Turan:
“Room” is several things by turn: creepy, frightening, exhilarating and then frightening and exhilarating all over again
Despite its very limited shortcomings, Room is outstanding. Another terrific realization by A24 Films. 8/10