Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. It's fast, slick, stupid, violent fun and, despite the cynically high body count, without serious intention in this world.
  2. 63
    Derailed has a great setup, a good middle passage and some convincing performances. Then it runs off the tracks.
  3. It's a cheap thrill, with twists that later seem evident and foreshadowing that often seems obvious, with a B-movie look and vibe reminiscent of the much tighter "Jagged Edge."
  4. A movie so hysterical it worked best as a black comedy.
  5. This flaccid psychological thriller keeps spoiling its own surprise by constantly signaling the big plot twist.
  6. 50
    The strapping Owen as a guy who can't handle himself and cutie-pie Aniston as a witchy woman? I don't think so. Talk about derailed.
  7. 50
    Rapidly devolves into a pedestrian thriller in which almost nobody behaves in a recognizably human way.
  8. James Siegel's best-selling thriller Derailed is a perfect commuter book that has become the most imperfect of movies.
  9. Owen is all right as the harried husband whose relationship at home has turned frosty, but the essential heat between him and Aniston is missing. The actress succeeds in shedding her "Friends" persona, but there's something missing here, especially as things get knottier.
  10. 50
    The perky Aniston is both unflatteringly photographed and utterly unconvincing in the pivotal role of Lucinda, and overall the film has the oddly disconnected quality of '70s Euro-thrillers whose international casts spoke different languages on the set and were dubbed into conformity.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A tawdry, predictable hunk of movie headcheese, and I still had a pretty good time with it.
  12. 50
    Gratuitously brutal, chronically preposterous, abysmally unoriginal, pretty much pointless and virtually 100% free of credible characters, Derailed represents career lows for its stars while marking an unpromising English language debut for its director.
  13. 50
    For some reason Derailed never fully engages our sympathies. I think that's because it's difficult to swallow Owen as anything other than eminently resourceful.
  14. For starters, everything's grimy and humorless in a way that infects even Aniston.
  15. 50
    Clive Owen proves he can just about save anything.
  16. 50
    Villain? Great. Verdict? Average.
  17. Watching this thriller is like drinking milk that's about to turn: it looks OK but smells a little dodgy.
  18. A junky thriller that mistakes brute-strength plot twist, showy violence, and the against-type participation of Jennifer Aniston for earned excitement.
  19. Every swing of its plot is preposterous, it stumbles to a trick climax that any regular moviegoer will figure out in the first 10 minutes, and the ending is so absurdly unmotivated that it plays like a slap in the face.
  20. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    There's a good film in here somewhere, but it's buried under a messy structure and unclear direction.
  21. 40
    Much of the second half is spent waiting for the other shoe to drop, though you don't have to have 20/20 vision in order to see the big twist coming from miles away. Once it arrives, the film officially disembarks from reality with an over-the-top climax and denouement that play shamelessly to the bloodthirsty masses.
  22. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    This murky psychological suspenser manages the tricky feat of being as predictable as it is finally preposterous.
  23. Jennifer Aniston brings a needed liveliness to Derailed, though not enough to go around.
  24. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Clumsy, miscast thriller.
  25. 38
    Tedious and predictable, it employs obvious situations and clichés instead of genuine suspense-building elements.
  26. Most painfully, the semi-alert Owen and the leaden Aniston go together like sausages and syrup.
  27. 33
    Was the Swedish director, Mikael Hafstrom, taking revenge on the American star system?
  28. 30
    Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, who's clearly new at the genre, this aptly named movie is riddled with obvious parallels, crude moral talking points, a script so awful it's practically avant-garde, and a vain attempt at comic relief by RZA.
  29. Riddled with holes and undeveloped characters, and marred by lurching rhythms that may reflect some triage editing, so it's hard to see what Mr. Hafstrom brings to this film other than a murky palette.
  30. Poor casting is compounded by a ludicrous script.
  31. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Swedish director Mikael Håfström's Derailed makes "Fatal Attraction" look positively subtle, while mustering none of the nuance or moral complexity (not to mention the sexual chemistry) of "Unfaithful."
  32. Derailed seems to want badly to be described as contemporary noir. But it's just pitch-dumb.
  33. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Train wreck.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    Largely underrated and a typically top-nothc psychological thriller. Derailed is filled with countless twists and emotional performances from Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. Full Review »
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    Quite interesting...much better than what I thought! Not great, but it is not a mediocre film either. My favourite actor there: Vincent Cassel! He is just magnificent! Honestly, I don't understand why the bad reviews. It is a bit disappointing for this is not a bad film at all. It is definitely a different film, but it never bores. Intense, and engaging. Give it ago, I do recommend it, and so far, when I have done and people did it, they came and told me they were greatly surprised. Full Review »
  3. AlanN.
    Oct 4, 2007
    Not unwatchable by any means and if you don't wish to be mentally challenged you may well enjoy it. With his current rising stock in Hollywood, I'm really surprised Clive Owen accepted a lead role in this movie, however, as the plot line is so completely predictable. As you can see from my score, I wouldn't recommend it. Full Review »