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

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 7, 2014
    A proficiently made thriller with brilliant performances from Paul Walker and Steve Zahn.
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