Detour Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
May 8, 2013
Actor Neil Hopkins (TV 's "Lost") does his best to make the panic come alive, but writer/director William Dickerson fails to create a convincing sense of peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Wold
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2013
Despite doubling as a plausibility-straining endorsement for the battery life of Apple's iPhone, Dickerson's claustrophobic survival thriller proves itself a technically proficient, expertly paced affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 8, 2013
A deeply immersive exercise in low-budget suspense from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elias Savada
Film Threat
April 3, 2013
For every breath he's grasping for, you're holding one in, anticipating what might follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
April 3, 2013
While not lacking for decent acting or technical execution, Detour lacks a compelling enough arc to sustain what might have worked much better as a short film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 2, 2013
A suspenseful, intense and horrifying thriller boasting a raw performance by Neil Hopkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.05/10
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
April 1, 2013
The latest "survival in a confined space" thriller, Detour doesn't take enough of a turn from expected generic conventions.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 29, 2013
"Detour" does a fine job of giving drivers yet another reason to stress out, but that anxiety doesn't extend to its hero's fate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 28, 2013
At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson's heavy breathing for your own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2013
"Nothing to do but wait," Jackson says early on, in the hopes of a quick response from emergency services. That's sitting through "Detour" in a nutshell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
March 28, 2013
It's easy to get bored by the necessary repetition found in a setup like this, but the script finds more than a few ways to keep things moving.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 28, 2013
This taut and effective thriller produces maximum suspense with a minimum of means.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 28, 2013
A buried alive picture that puts you in there, trying to reason your way out with our hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 28, 2013
Dickerson passes on the occasion for existential drama and goes for the race-against-the-clock urgency of an ordinary guy trying to crawl out of his predicament. It's effective enough, but there isn't much to it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 27, 2013
In spite of a few significant flaws, Detour builds to a conclusion that sends you out the door shaken and thankful to see light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 26, 2013
During the best sequences, Detour feels like three heady improvisations all happening at once ...
Alan Jones
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2013
In comparison to its superior predecessors, Detour's redemption plot feels banal and slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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