Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 90
    If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.
  3. 90
    Redoubtably hilarious as always, Zahn also lends his character unpredictable flashes of anger, pathos, and faint psychosis, even when the movie jumps the median from ticklishly discomfiting black comedy into by-the-numbers horror jolts.
  4. Terrific escapist fare, stylish, outrageous and compelling.
  5. Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
  6. 88
    There is a kind of horror movie that plays so convincingly we don't realize it's an exercise in pure style. ''Halloween'' is an example, and John Dahl's Joy Ride is another.
  7. The potential for action never lets up; you never know what's coming around the next corner.
  8. A horror film that doesn't wear out a moment of its welcome.
  9. Zigzags across the conventions of genre, occasionally driving on the shoulders of black humor -- it's a road movie for the way we process suspense today.
  10. Skillfully crafted, flawlessly paced, intellectually challenging tension of classics like "Bad Day at Black Rock."
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Aug 11, 2011
    5
    Quite a few scenes in this movie were edge of your seat, nail biting moments. The movie unraveled, with hills and valleys, pretty well untilQuite 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. Full Review »
  2. snekir.
    Dec 15, 2005
    7
    Brilliant (also their official cite) but it is litlle predictive.