Scenic Route Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 23, 2013
Refreshingly intelligent and palpably suspenseful. Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler give the best performance of their career.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
Luke Y. Thompson
Topless Robot
August 23, 2013
Perhaps even more effectively than The World's End - but in a less escapist fashion - this is a parable of responsibilities and foibles filtered through genre (horror, in this case).
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 23, 2013
Lined with a certain bruised grace... a spare, streamlined, desert-set psychological thriller that doubles as a study in masculine relationship drift.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 23, 2013
It's actually a well-made, well-acted low-budget thriller that is more resonant than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 23, 2013
At the very least shows you how to make a smart, cheap little movie with only two actors, one main exterior set and no special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 22, 2013
It begins with energy, dulls in the middle stretches but redeems itself with a final destination that makes the trip feel worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
August 22, 2013
Scenic Route is an unsettling and wonderfully obtuse picture that will provide a different experience for every viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Rob Staeger
Village Voice
August 20, 2013
The howl of the desert wind and the unflagging hammer of the sun are the backdrop for every bad decision, lending them a plausibility they wouldn't have in comfort.
Aly Semigran
Hollywood.com
July 29, 2013
Scenic Route is a movie that crawls under your skin and stays there for a while, thanks largely in part to its haunting ending.
Mark Adams
Screen International
July 29, 2013
Scenic Route offers strong roles for Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, and while familiar in tone and structure it is watchable and well performed.
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
July 26, 2013
When Scenic Route works it really works, and it's definitely a trip worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Kevin Kelly
Film School Rejects
July 26, 2013
This script, by Kyle Killen, and direction from brothers Kevin and Michael Goetz have resulted in a very powerful film that you should see with your best friend. Then take a road trip together. You both might need it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
July 26, 2013
The movie becomes a survival tale and is more successful in its grueling, slightly crazed second half.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
August 30, 2013
Just because moviegoers begin to know these characters intimately doesn't mean they like them, or care whether they perish in the harsh conditions.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 22, 2013
Kyle Killen's script is generally uninspired and fairly predictable ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 22, 2013
Fogler impresses with some brooding edge, but neither he nor the location photography is enough to recommend you join him on this doomed trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
Mitchell and Carter never extend beyond the archetypes of Unhappy Family Man and Bitter Failed Artist. Nor do Duhamel and Fogler's inconsistent performances breathe life into their flat characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott MacDonald
AV Club
August 22, 2013
Is there a worse cinematic punishment than a two-hander featuring dull, unsympathetic twits bickering for an hour and a half?
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Noah Lee
Film Threat
July 26, 2013
It's beautifully shot, has awesome performances from its two leads but just ultimately is marred by its inconsistent storytelling and brutally awful ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
July 26, 2013
As the guys' circumstances become more dire ... Scenic Route gets increasingly dopey and contrived. And the movie's cheesily ambiguous ending ... doesn't help.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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