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Joy Ride Reviews

October 29, 2001
If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
October 5, 2001
Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 5, 2001
It's encouraging to see more than passing attention paid to character development.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2001
It attains its modest ambitions with dispatch and wit, and without ever lifting its foot from the pedal.
October 5, 2001
Dahl permeates the film with enough quirky detail ... and horror-movie staples ... to keep things interesting.
October 5, 2001
A genuine thriller, guaranteed to whiten knuckles, grind enamel and render armrests into scrap.
October 5, 2001
Much more effectively terrifying than the usual overplotted, underwritten Hollywood thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 5, 2001
Anyone actually looking for a genuinely scary movie at this point will have a lot of fun with Joy Ride.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2001
Terrific escapist fare, stylish, outrageous and compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
October 5, 2001
Lives up to its title.
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
October 5, 2001
Zahn's hilariously electric performance is the best thing in the movie.
October 5, 2001
Feels like a long drive in circles, with no destination worth getting to.
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
October 5, 2001
The endless cat-and-mouse game starts out silly, then it gets ridiculous.
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
October 5, 2001
A nice, nasty little B-movie that keeps things simple and keeps things scary.
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+
October 4, 2001
A really satisfying suspenser, but also really, really fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 4, 2001
A solidly crafted thriller, the type of flick that once would have been lauded as 'a terrific B-movie.'
October 4, 2001
Not nearly as speedy as it is silly.
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
October 4, 2001
There's good pulp and bad pulp, and for most of its duration, Joy Ride is quality stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
October 4, 2001
Dahl, like his brother protagonists, isn't up on the scare basics.
October 4, 2001
[Dahl's] been beaten down either by the idiot script or the idiot moneymen or both.
Read More | Original Score: D
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.