Joy Ride Reviews

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 29, 2001
If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ebert & Roeper
October 12, 2001
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 12, 2001
Dahl works the audience like the dial of a car radio, testing out all manner of squeals and static and all-out, high-pitched terror.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 5, 2001
Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 5, 2001
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2001
It's encouraging to see more than passing attention paid to character development.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 5, 2001
Expertly toys with the fear any carbon-based life-form feels when one of those Peterbilt express trains comes rolling by with a thundercrack of vibration at about 240 mph, gently urging us to move right or die crushed and bleeding.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 5, 2001
It attains its modest ambitions with dispatch and wit, and without ever lifting its foot from the pedal.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 5, 2001
Dahl permeates the film with enough quirky detail ... and horror-movie staples ... to keep things interesting.
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 5, 2001
A genuine thriller, guaranteed to whiten knuckles, grind enamel and render armrests into scrap.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 5, 2001
Much more effectively terrifying than the usual overplotted, underwritten Hollywood thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 5, 2001
Anyone actually looking for a genuinely scary movie at this point will have a lot of fun with Joy Ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2001
Terrific escapist fare, stylish, outrageous and compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 5, 2001
Dahl and his screenwriters spoil it by turning the trucker and his rig into a metallic-sheathed monster willing and able to do anything to get back at his enemies.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 5, 2001
Lives up to its title.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 5, 2001
No one wins awards for movies like this, but this is escapist entertainment raised to the level of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 5, 2001
Zahn's hilariously electric performance is the best thing in the movie.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
October 5, 2001
Feels like a long drive in circles, with no destination worth getting to.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 5, 2001
Nothing more or less than scary noirish fun, low on thematic ambition but giddily high on the fright front.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
October 5, 2001
The endless cat-and-mouse game starts out silly, then it gets ridiculous.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 5, 2001
You want to be scared and have a few laughs and not have your intelligence insulted? Here you go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
October 5, 2001
A nice, nasty little B-movie that keeps things simple and keeps things scary.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2001
The king of the road is Zahn, expertly steering his path between ironic goofball and real scared dude.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 4, 2001
A really satisfying suspenser, but also really, really fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 4, 2001
A solidly crafted thriller, the type of flick that once would have been lauded as 'a terrific B-movie.'
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 4, 2001
Not nearly as speedy as it is silly.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 4, 2001
Essentially a popcorn movie put together by a director who knows how to generate suspense and build tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 4, 2001
There's good pulp and bad pulp, and for most of its duration, Joy Ride is quality stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 4, 2001
A well-oiled, slick and efficient fun-house ride, one that moves too quickly -- and is too much fun, really -- to nitpick.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 4, 2001
Dahl, like his brother protagonists, isn't up on the scare basics.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 4, 2001
[Dahl's] been beaten down either by the idiot script or the idiot moneymen or both.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 13, 2001
Joy Ride gets a lot more mileage from its attention grabbing premise than the recent Jeepers Creepers got from a similarly unsettling high concept.