Joy Ride
Joy Ride (2001)

After forays into film noir, thrillers, dramas, and even documentaries, director John Dahl tries the teen horror genre on for size. Paul Walker stars as Lewis Thomas, a college freshman embarking on a cross-country road trip during summer… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 5, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-constructed B-movie thriller, Joy Ride keeps up the necessary level of tension and chills. Critics also liked Zahn's performance as the goofball older brother.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

It's encouraging to see more than passing attention paid to character development.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a dumb movie.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Dahl works the audience like the dial of a car radio, testing out all manner of squeals and static and all-out, high-pitched terror.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Expertly toys with the fear any carbon-based life-form feels when one of those Peterbilt express trains comes rolling by with a thundercrack of vibration at about 240 mph, gently urging us to move right or die crushed and bleeding.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...boasts a number of genuinely exhilarating sequences and set-pieces.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

It attains its modest ambitions with dispatch and wit, and without ever lifting its foot from the pedal.

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Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)

Will convince you that you'd be better off taking the train.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
All college student Lewis wants to do for his summer break is travel cross country to pick up his girlfriend Venna. In tow is his recently paroled practical… More
Lady D'arbanville
For me, this was one of the better teen Horrors, with lots of suspense, corny - Yes! Cliched - Yes, but definitely more watchable than most. A guilty… More
KJ Proulx
This movie is both trilling and fun at the same time, mixing laughs, spooky moments, and just plain cheesiness in almost every scene. Paul Walker and Steve Zahn… More
Alex roy
Joy Ride is a good little horror film. Though not very original, the film has great tense moments and terrifying, sequences that will definitely keep you on the… More
Stephen M
Like a bigger, dumber version of Spielberg's "Duel" with excellent production values.
Cynthia S.
This is one of my all time favorite thrillers. It amazes me how many people I personally know that never saw this movie. Not only was it suspenseful, but had a… More

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