The acting in Reservation Road is strong across the board, but the story has too many coincidences at crucial moments. The scenes of loss are wrenching, yet the story leaves viewers with little sense of hope for any of the characters. Although we want Dwight to confess, it is difficult to feel sympathy for Ethan, who turns to Internet chat boards for interaction after his son’s death, rather than to his wife.

While not without merit, Reservation Road has a few too many bumps. Steer clear for now, but this one may be worth catching on home video.

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  • Language/Profanity:  Lord’s name taken in vain; several profanities.
  • Sex/Nudity:  A married couple kisses in bed.
  • Drinking/Smoking:  None.
  • Violence:  A fatal hit-and-run is shown; the medical cause of a boy’s death is graphically explained; a man is pistol-whipped; a man threatens suicide.
  • Religion:  At a funeral, a minister tells grieving parents that their deceased son is “an angel now”; a child wonders whether we can hear music in heaven, and her mother tells her we can.