YMMV / Revolutionary Road

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Too many to mention. Lets just say that there are many different opinions on Frank and April as people and the merits of their actions. Even characters dwell on interpretations of Frank and April in-universe.
  • Award Snub: Neither Winslet nor DiCaprio were nominated for an Oscar for their performances, although they were both nominated for Golden Globes, with Winslet winning. Plus, she still managed to pick up the Oscar for her other film that year, The Reader. Since The Reader was viewed by many as tacky Oscar Bait, a few feel this is the film Winslet should have been up for.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In the movie, April's Auto Erotica scene with Shep. Even though there's maybe three seconds early in the film when Shep gazes at her leaving the house, there's otherwise no major foreshadowing for this incident, and it's never spoken of again afterward. Not even when Frank openly tells April he cheated on her!. Of course, it's developed in the book and Shep dwells on this episode.
  • Dancing Bear: The movie was heavily marketed around the fact that it reunited the leads from Titanic.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: What happens when the main characters are a constantly bickering/arguing married couple. And it's Played for Drama. Not to mention how thoroughly unlikable both our lead characters come across (See Unintentionally Unsympathetic below).
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Both Frank and April. Even though we're supposed to sympathize with them because they're very unhappy with their relationship, they spend so much of the movie screaming and treating each other like shit while creating more problems than they really need to that it's really hard to see them as likable characters to care about.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Michael Shannon as John Givings, subsequently nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
    • He was in the movie for about ten minutes and was able to subsequently OWN everyone in that movie. That nomination was well-deserved.
  • One-Scene Wonder: In the book, Norma, Maureen's flatmate, who sits down with Frank to call him out on his affair with Maureen.
  • Tearjerker: April's death. Whatever problems they had, no matter how much their marriage had deteriorated, at some point, Frank loved her very much, and that much is evident in his reaction, and the way he's been reduced to a shell of himself at the end of the film.
    • A Deleted Scene has him coming home afterwards, wandering around the darkened house, apparently finding the aftermath of her abortion in the tub and finally completely breaking down upon finding her suicide note, where she tells him not to blame himself and that she loves him.