Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    Nov 5, 2013
    Craig Lahiff’s feisty genre outing is a neat surprise.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    Nov 5, 2013
    Packs enough pace, suspense and quality thesping to overcome some minor plot wobbles.
  3. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Dec 1, 2013
    A confident and exciting genre film, and that's certainly not nothing, but it has a slight impersonality that marks it as either a calling card or a work for hire.
  4. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Dec 4, 2013
    Driven by Paul Grabowsky’s deceptively jaunty score, Swerve is ably performed and tightly paced... But it doesn’t stick the landing.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 3, 2013
    There are a few too many twists on this highway.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Dec 6, 2013
    The film strains credulity as it hurtles toward its conclusion.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Dec 31, 2013
    As it zigs and zags, its plot unravels rather than tightens, and its curveball of an ending is bound to leave audiences feeling as double-crossed as some of the characters.
  8. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 5, 2013
    The fatalities and clichés escalate, as the wife plays the femme fatale, and the men run circles around one another amid the dust, blood and some tonally off, ill-conceived cutesiness.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 3, 2013
    The photogenic cast's looks far exceed their featureless performances, and any mood of sunshiny malevolence is undercut by too many studied directorial compositions.
  10. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Dec 6, 2013
    For the most part, the most shocking thing about Swerve is how utterly straightforward it is.
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 5, 2013
    Despite the revved-up start and a suitably dusty setting, the movie stalls almost immediately. The story is uninspired, Lyons looks lost, and Booth makes for a bland femme fatale. Clarke tries to inject some energy into the action, but even he seems to realize this ride’s going nowhere.

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