Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Despite its few flaws, Joy Ride does take viewers on one hell of a ride. It's one of those rare films that manages to take an overused plot and breathe some sort of creativity into it.
  2. At some point in this endless thriller the suspense turns into an extremely unpleasant ordeal that Dahl doesn't know when to stop.
  3. The sequel-ready twist at the end is a letdown, but until then this is a neatly constructed nail-biter.
  4. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    60
    Pure, irrational, claustrophobic, gritty, unpretentious.
  5. 50
    Dahl, who really does know what he's doing when it comes to investing a scene with both heebies and jeebies, is a notch or two above most.
  6. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 157 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. May 8, 2016
    10
    With believable acting performances and an interesting story, Joy Ride is another early 2000's horror movie that succeed at being bothWith believable acting performances and an interesting story, Joy Ride is another early 2000's horror movie that succeed at being both terrifying and entertaining. Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2016
    0
    Watched this movie as a sneak preview in theatres and discussed with the rest of my group to walk out half way. Managed to stay until the endWatched this movie as a sneak preview in theatres and discussed with the rest of my group to walk out half way. Managed to stay until the end just to see what would happen, but the movie didn't redeem itself. It's just a bore with uninspired characters and unrealistic events. Full Review »
  3. Apr 14, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Two brothers played by Paul Walker and Stephen Zahn prank on a truck driver with a CB radio while on a road trip to pick up a friend (Leelee Sobieski). Very soon after they regret playing the prank. The truck driver is insane and makes their lives a living hell.
    What makes Joy Ride, late Paul Walker's best film is that it's a fun thriller heightened by chilling voice work by Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs) as the truck driver. Walker impersonating a woman named Candy Cane on the CB radio which starts everything, is pretty funny. I'm not sure how anyone would believe he was a lady.
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