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  • Summary: A contemporary thriller that finds darkness laced with humor in the heartland of America. (20th Century Fox)
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. Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
  3. 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.
  4. Joy Ride is plenty spooky but there's also plenty of comic relief -- mostly from the perennially goofy Zahn.
  5. 75
    Joy Ride is also surprisingly funny, thanks mostly to Zahn.
  6. Manages to be both astoundingly derivative and reasonably entertaining at the same time.
  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: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. snekir.
    Dec 15, 2005
    7
    Brilliant (also their official cite) but it is litlle predictive.
  2. 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. Expand

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