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This film begins when hitchhiker Al Roberts accepts a ride from affable gambler Charles Haskell Jr. When Haskell suffers a fatal heart attack, Roberts disposes of the body and begins driving the car himself. He picks up beautiful Vera, who is aware of Roberts' secret and attempts to blackmail him.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Uniformly good performances and some equally good direction and dialog keep the meller moving."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It lives on, haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir. No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ulmer's threadbare bondage-noir masterpiece"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A film that must be seen to be (dis)believed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tawdry, textbook example of classic "B" film noir."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The world of Detour provides a sharp contrast with the cheerful domesticity and rah-rah jingoism of many Hollywood films of the period ..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"You can't take your eyes off the screen, and with the devilish Savage up there you wouldn't dare to."
‑ , Film4
"quintessential noir territory"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Strange, paranoid thriller using minimal sets and budget."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Passion joins with folly to produce termite art par excellence."
‑ , Time Out
"The zenith of the B-movie genre."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"an effective emotional rollercoaster that explores the dark side of human nature, and its concise, pessimistic view of the American Dream is still admired today."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Like great garage rock, however, Ulmer's landmark film ultimately derives its raw, jittery vitality from its very crudeness."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Reveals the masochistic strain in film noir characters, who fume bitterly about their bad luck without ever taking responsibility for their actions."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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