San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Turns out to be the most unnerving film of the year. Easy.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.
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Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
The potential for action never lets up; you never know what's coming around the next corner.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Zigzags across the conventions of genre, occasionally driving on the shoulders of black humor -- it's a road movie for the way we process suspense today.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A really satisfying suspenser, but also really, really fun.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Joy Ride is plenty spooky but there's also plenty of comic relief -- mostly from the perennially goofy Zahn.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's a snazzy, smartly made, and even hip little scarefest. As a jump-start to Halloween, it's all you could hope for.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's plenty of scary pleasure to be had from this clever, compact thriller.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Even at its best, Ride never survives its shaky opening hook.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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