Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Aug 21, 2013
    While the narrative spins in place, Kyle Killen's script throws out one uninspired gambit after another to extend the film to feature length, eventually climaxing with dual endings, both contrived.
  2. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Aug 22, 2013
    Sometimes indie pictures like this, with over-the-top acting and outrageous situations, are meant as a calling card for its creators - a chance to show their wares to others in the industry. So calling all producers, there is one tour-de-force performance in Scenic Route: the makeup team of Brian Kinney, Sara Robey and Maia Wagle. Admire their work, and bring earplugs.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 22, 2013
    An awkward, long-winded mash-up of therapy session, horror movie and survival tale with pretensions of psychological depth.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott MacDonald
    Aug 21, 2013
    Digital projection has made it easier than ever to get no-budget movies onto theater screens. That might sound wonderfully egalitarian, but it mostly just leads to more shoulda-gone-straight-to-DVD clunkers like Scenic Route.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 1, 2013
    I thought it was a really good ride, maybe some will think it slow but if your dialed In to what these guys are saying you'll see a real life story. Great job all around, writers, actors, and all who got this to the finished product. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2014
    "Scenic Route" 10 Scale Rating: 5.5 (Decent) ...

    The Good: Great performances from Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, which had to happen for
    this to work at all since the film is about two guys stranded in the desert. The idea isn't a bad one and, after a slow start, the film gets very interesting about halfway through.

    The Bad: Sadly, the ending ruins it. It made no sense and tried way too hard to shock the audience with an odd "twist" ending. It was ham-fisted and ruined what would have otherwise been a good movie.
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  3. Dec 19, 2013
    The main actors do a very respectable job of portraying the tension between them. And I love the minimalism of the film, which is mostly set on a stretch of desert road over the course of a few days. The payoff was not what I expected, and not as good as it could have been. Overall, this was an interesting look at what people are really like when you remove all the niceties. Full Review »