Detour Reviews

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November 26, 2018
The film, told in flashbacks, is held together by a poetically lurid interior monologue and directed, by Edgar G. Ulmer, with harrowingly expressive effects of light and shadow.
October 16, 2007
Uniformly good performances and some equally good direction and dialog keep the meller moving.
October 16, 2007
One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Passion joins with folly to produce termite art par excellence.
January 1, 2000
It lives on, haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir. No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it.
June 25, 2019
Detour is about as threadbare as they come: a small film, shot on a shoestring over a handful of days at a Poverty Row film studio. And yet, the finished product is uniquely compelling.
April 8, 2019
one of the darkest and most fatalistic of the postwar film noir-to the point that, if it didn't work so well, it could be mistaken for a postmodern parody of the genre
April 5, 2019
Ulmer brings an enormous amount of impressionistic creativity and (what are now considered) infamous noir tropes into the project without spending more money.
March 25, 2019
This unbelievably beautiful restoration is a triumph of preservation as well as a poignant testament to the talent of an obscure artist too often taken for granted.
March 23, 2019
One of the most dour, dank and despairing of all film noir offerings.
December 13, 2018
One of the greatest noirs of all time, shot on an almost non-existent budget, lives again.
December 6, 2018
A one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is as bleak and bitter to behold as ever.
November 21, 2015
... little masterpiece of efficient noir storytelling...
July 23, 2014
The world of Detour provides a sharp contrast with the cheerful domesticity and rah-rah jingoism of many Hollywood films of the period ...
January 14, 2011
The zenith of the B-movie genre.
October 14, 2009
Ulmer's threadbare bondage-noir masterpiece
October 16, 2007
You can't take your eyes off the screen, and with the devilish Savage up there you wouldn't dare to.
June 15, 2007
an effective emotional rollercoaster that explores the dark side of human nature, and its concise, pessimistic view of the American Dream is still admired today.
August 31, 2006
A film that must be seen to be (dis)believed.
August 20, 2006
quintessential noir territory
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