Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 28, 2013
    At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson’s heavy breathing for your own.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 28, 2013
    Detour is a tautly efficient thriller that fully succeeds in making the viewer identify with its hapless protagonist’s desperate plight.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Mar 26, 2013
    The performance and filmmaking are invigorating.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 27, 2013
    Dickerson passes on the occasion for existential drama and goes for the race-against-the-clock urgency of an ordinary guy trying to crawl out of his predicament. It’s effective enough, but there isn’t much to it.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Mar 30, 2013
    A moderately tense but also somewhat monotonous and overstretched exercise in claustrophobic suspense that doesn’t compare well to similar efforts like “Buried” and “127 Hours.”
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 28, 2013
    Detour does a fine job of giving drivers yet another reason to stress out, but that anxiety doesn’t extend to its hero’s fate.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Jones
    Mar 25, 2013
    In comparison to its superior predecessors, the film's redemption plot feels banal and slight.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 28, 2013
    For all the ways Dickerson vigorously dramatizes the stages of solitary confinement — nervous humor, fear, rages, survival ingenuity (including a nifty breathing apparatus) — it's never enough to explain why this particular individual's story is worth telling.

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