Scenic Route
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Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other's life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's actually a well-made, well-acted low-budget thriller that is more resonant than expected."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"It begins with energy, dulls in the middle stretches but redeems itself with a final destination that makes the trip feel worth it."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"Just because moviegoers begin to know these characters intimately doesn't mean they like them, or care whether they perish in the harsh conditions."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Lined with a certain bruised grace... a spare, streamlined, desert-set psychological thriller that doubles as a study in masculine relationship drift."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Scenic Route is a movie that crawls under your skin and stays there for a while, thanks largely in part to its haunting ending."
‑ Aly Semigran,
"At the very least shows you how to make a smart, cheap little movie with only two actors, one main exterior set and no special effects."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Fogler impresses with some brooding edge, but neither he nor the location photography is enough to recommend you join him on this doomed trip."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"Refreshingly intelligent and palpably suspenseful. Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler give the best performance of their career."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Scenic Route is an unsettling and wonderfully obtuse picture that will provide a different experience for every viewer."
‑ Simon Brookfield, We Got This Covered
"Scenic Route offers strong roles for Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, and while familiar in tone and structure it is watchable and well performed."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"Kyle Killen's script is generally uninspired and fairly predictable ..."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mitchell and Carter never extend beyond the archetypes of Unhappy Family Man and Bitter Failed Artist. Nor do Duhamel and Fogler's inconsistent performances breathe life into their flat characters."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"Perhaps even more effectively than The World's End - but in a less escapist fashion - this is a parable of responsibilities and foibles filtered through genre (horror, in this case)."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Topless Robot
" 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."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"When Scenic Route works it really works, and it's definitely a trip worth taking."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
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