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Joy Ride Reviews

Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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February 23, 2012
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

October 29, 2001

Ebert & Roeper
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October 12, 2001
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 12, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

October 5, 2001

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 5, 2001
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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It's encouraging to see more than passing attention paid to character development.

October 5, 2001
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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

October 5, 2001
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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It attains its modest ambitions with dispatch and wit, and without ever lifting its foot from the pedal.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

October 5, 2001
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Dahl permeates the film with enough quirky detail ... and horror-movie staples ... to keep things interesting.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

October 5, 2001
John Anderson
Newsday
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A genuine thriller, guaranteed to whiten knuckles, grind enamel and render armrests into scrap.

Full Review Source: Newsday

October 5, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Much more effectively terrifying than the usual overplotted, underwritten Hollywood thriller.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 5, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Anyone actually looking for a genuinely scary movie at this point will have a lot of fun with Joy Ride.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Terrific escapist fare, stylish, outrageous and compelling.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 5, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

October 5, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Lives up to its title.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

October 5, 2001
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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No one wins awards for movies like this, but this is escapist entertainment raised to the level of art.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 5, 2001
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Zahn's hilariously electric performance is the best thing in the movie.

October 5, 2001
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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Feels like a long drive in circles, with no destination worth getting to.

Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz

October 5, 2001
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Nothing more or less than scary noirish fun, low on thematic ambition but giddily high on the fright front.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2001
Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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The endless cat-and-mouse game starts out silly, then it gets ridiculous.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 5, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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You want to be scared and have a few laughs and not have your intelligence insulted? Here you go.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 5, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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A nice, nasty little B-movie that keeps things simple and keeps things scary.

October 5, 2001
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The king of the road is Zahn, expertly steering his path between ironic goofball and real scared dude.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

October 4, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A really satisfying suspenser, but also really, really fun.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2001
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A solidly crafted thriller, the type of flick that once would have been lauded as 'a terrific B-movie.'

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

October 4, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Not nearly as speedy as it is silly.

Full Review Source: USA Today

October 4, 2001
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Essentially a popcorn movie put together by a director who knows how to generate suspense and build tension.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2001
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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There's good pulp and bad pulp, and for most of its duration, Joy Ride is quality stuff.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2001
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A well-oiled, slick and efficient fun-house ride, one that moves too quickly -- and is too much fun, really -- to nitpick.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

October 4, 2001
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Dahl, like his brother protagonists, isn't up on the scare basics.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

October 4, 2001
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[Dahl's] been beaten down either by the idiot script or the idiot moneymen or both.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D

October 4, 2001
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Joy Ride gets a lot more mileage from its attention grabbing premise than the recent Jeepers Creepers got from a similarly unsettling high concept.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 2001
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