Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Rob Staeger
    Aug 20, 2013
    60
    Kevin and Michael Goetz's direction emphasizes the remoteness of the setting. The howl of the desert wind and the unflagging hammer of the sun are the backdrop for every bad decision, lending them a plausibility they wouldn't have in comfort.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 29, 2013
    60
    The movie becomes a survival tale and is more successful in its grueling, slightly crazed second half. The Goetzes do a better job capturing the terrain's physical extremes and the challenge of endurance than they do depicting a relationship.
  3. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 22, 2013
    50
    For Scenic Route, it doesn’t seem to be the journey as much as the destination: seeing two sorta-friends wailing on each other feels like the shortcut a better movie never made.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 29, 2013
    50
    Duhamel and Fogler play off each other nicely in the early going... The arguments and contrasting worldviews are banal, but the relationship feels genuine.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 22, 2013
    40
    The first half of Scenic Route is basically a filmed play, and not an insightful one. The more surreal second half takes on a moodier edge, but the switcheroo ending is cutesy to the point of annoying. Fogler impresses with some brooding edge, but neither he nor the location photography is enough to recommend you join him on this doomed trip.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 1, 2013
    10
    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 lifeI 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. Jul 3, 2015
    8
    With all the independent films today, Scenic Route packs a refreshing dose of originality and superb acting. Making good use of theWith all the independent films today, Scenic Route packs a refreshing dose of originality and superb acting. Making good use of the surroundings and situations, the film really pushes the bar of human thought and really examines how much one can take. Full Review »
  3. Dec 23, 2014
    8
    Scenic route takes a few different routes itself. The film has comedy elements, drama and a survival plot to it and, while it is not a greatScenic route takes a few different routes itself. The film has comedy elements, drama and a survival plot to it and, while it is not a great film, it succeeds in all three of them pretty well. Full Review »