Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Freeway is rude in the way the truth is rude -- only funnier. The movie seduces with its humor, all the while presenting a realized vision of a harsh, absurd world.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff uncredited
    100
    Bright cunningly translates the story of Little Red Riding Hood into the trashy vernacular of tabloid TV and reality-based cop shows.
  3. 90
    With one foot in the grind house and one in the art house, the smarts in Freeway are more than equal to its visceral kick.
  4. 88
    It seems aimed at people who loved "Pulp Fiction'' and have strong stomachs. Like it or hate it (or both), you have to admire its skill, and the over-the-top virtuosity of Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland as the girl and the wolf.
  5. 88
    Using black humor, blood, and a pair of tremendous performances, Freeway hones in on its targets and calculatedly skewers them one-by-one…This movie is both grimly funny and thought-provoking.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    80
    The road-crime movie is such a formula in Hollywood that almost every debuting director turns one out, but writer-director Matthew Bright rings the changes by modeling this white trash nightmare on Red Riding Hood.
  7. Reviewed by: Allan Ulrich
    75
    A hip, corrosive and often hilarious entertainment, the movie strikes another blow for the American independent film.
  8. Cynical, stylish and witty. [21 Feb 1997]
  9. 70
    Freeway is full of nice touches—such as making the villain a psychologist— that play off the expectations of a familiar story. While also working as a conventional thriller, its many twists on the fairy tale make it work on an almost subliminal level.
  10. Danny Elfman's intense score contributes crucial energy, John Thomas' camera work is first-rate, but the ambitious Freeway ends up merely trashy.
  11. Rather than seeming classic, Freeway appears to be another film maker showcase, a derivative apprentice work.
  12. In spirit, if not in letter, it often resembles a gritty Warners crime movie of the 30s, and it held my interest in spite of its excesses.
  13. 30
    A white-trash riff on Little Red Riding Hood, the oddly titled Freeway is a road movie that hits a dead end.
  14. Reviewed by: Gary Dauphin
    30
    As it is, Witherspoon's sweet-as-peach-pie Southern accent only grates and writer-director Bright's incessant winking at the audience bespeaks a project that was running on empty before shooting started. [22 Oct 1996, p.88]
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    30
    Freeway is roadkill. The directorial debut of screenwriter Matthew Bright ("Gun Crazy") is a sophomoric and morally repellent mix of fractured fairy tale, juvenile social satire, bloody mayhem and overstated B-movie melodrama.

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