• Released
  • March 29, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 26 min
  • Drama

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Detour is a tautly efficient thriller that fully succeeds in making the viewer identify with its hapless protagonist’s desperate plight.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson’s heavy breathing for your own.
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The performance and filmmaking are invigorating.
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The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Dickerson passes on the occasion for existential drama and goes for the race-against-the-clock urgency of an ordinary guy trying to crawl out of his predicament. It’s effective enough, but there isn’t much to it.
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Detour does a fine job of giving drivers yet another reason to stress out, but that anxiety doesn’t extend to its hero’s fate.
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By Dennis Harvey
A moderately tense but also somewhat monotonous and overstretched exercise in claustrophobic suspense that doesn’t compare well to similar efforts like “Buried” and “127 Hours.”
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Slant Magazine

In comparison to its superior predecessors, the film's redemption plot feels banal and slight.
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Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
For all the ways Dickerson vigorously dramatizes the stages of solitary confinement — nervous humor, fear, rages, survival ingenuity (including a nifty breathing apparatus) — it's never enough to explain why this particular individual's story is worth telling.
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53 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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