Refreshingly intelligent and palpably suspenseful. Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler give the best performance of their career.
| Original Score: 8.75/10
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).
Lined with a certain bruised grace... a spare, streamlined, desert-set psychological thriller that doubles as a study in masculine relationship drift.
| Original Score: B
It's actually a well-made, well-acted low-budget thriller that is more resonant than expected.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
It begins with energy, dulls in the middle stretches but redeems itself with a final destination that makes the trip feel worth it.
Scenic Route is an unsettling and wonderfully obtuse picture that will provide a different experience for every viewer.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
Scenic Route is a movie that crawls under your skin and stays there for a while, thanks largely in part to its haunting ending.
Scenic Route offers strong roles for Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, and while familiar in tone and structure it is watchable and well performed.
When Scenic Route works it really works, and it's definitely a trip worth taking.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
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.
| Original Score: A
The movie becomes a survival tale and is more successful in its grueling, slightly crazed second half.
Just because moviegoers begin to know these characters intimately doesn't mean they like them, or care whether they perish in the harsh conditions.
Kyle Killen's script is generally uninspired and fairly predictable ...
| Original Score: 1/4
...it doesn't seem to be the journey as much as the destination: seeing two sorta-friends wailing on each other feels like the shortcut a better movie never made.
| Original Score: C
Fogler impresses with some brooding edge, but neither he nor the location photography is enough to recommend you join him on this doomed trip.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Is there a worse cinematic punishment than a two-hander featuring dull, unsympathetic twits bickering for an hour and a half?
| Original Score: D-
It's beautifully shot, has awesome performances from its two leads but just ultimately is marred by its inconsistent storytelling and brutally awful ending.
| Original Score: 2.5/5