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  • Summary: A contemporary thriller that finds darkness laced with humor in the heartland of America. (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Turns out to be the most unnerving film of the year. Easy.
  2. Terrific escapist fare, stylish, outrageous and compelling.
  3. The potential for action never lets up; you never know what's coming around the next corner.
  4. 75
    Some of the plot twists don't really stand up to close scrutiny, but the sometimes over-the-top Joy Ride plows through them with such joyful glee, you don't really care.
  5. 75
    There's good pulp and bad pulp, and for most of its duration, Joy Ride is quality stuff.
  6. Much more effectively terrifying than the usual overplotted, underwritten Hollywood thriller.
  7. 42
    The picture is pinched and predictable. Even with the immensely talented Steve Zahn, an actor who's known to steal scenes and, sometimes, save pictures, the movie is a yawn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. Sep 16, 2014
    A heart pounding thriller with an ingenious plot and a clever ending you won't see coming.
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    Joyride is a thrill a minute road chiller that has terrific acting, action and genuine jump scenes. The movie
    is very tense and is perfect to
    watch on an evening in the dark with your friends. Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2014
    One of my favourite thrillers about be careful what you do because it could have future implications for you.
  4. Sep 7, 2014
    A proficiently made thriller with brilliant performances from Paul Walker and Steve Zahn.
  5. Jun 25, 2014
    A relentless thriller in the style of halloween. The movie has twist after twist and the performances are stellar. Joyride is Paul Walker's best film next to Running Scared. The movie will grab your attention and rattle your senses until the unpredictable conclusion. Joyride is one of the smartest thrillers you will ever see. It is a fantastic ride you'll never forget. Expand
  6. snekir.
    Dec 15, 2005
    Brilliant (also their official cite) but it is litlle predictive.
  7. Aug 11, 2011
    Quite a few scenes in this movie were edge of your seat, nail biting moments. The movie unraveled, with hills and valleys, pretty well until the end. For some reason this movie got my adrenaline going and then I fell a little flat. I had to ask myself if 5 minutes of the film was strong enough to disappoint me after watching the previous hour and a half? I think, yes. Expand

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