Oliver Stone takes a breather from politics with this violent and frequently very funny black comedy about a gambler whose car breaks down near an Arizona mining town filled with thieves, vamps and killers.
Consensus:U-Turn is a lurid, stylish lark that boasts striking moments but lacks the focus and weight of Oliver Stone best work.
The best art of any age typically comes from the dysfunctional artist, and U-Turn is just that -- Stone's oddball glimpse into a shadow America that no one wants to believe exists but that undoubtedly does.
As the first Oliver Stone movie to gleefully dispense with sociopolitical significance, U-Turn is an overdue event, a chance for Stone to apply his hypnotic acid-trip-of-the-soul wizardry to something sexy and lowdown.
It's a feast for the senses, as long as you have a strong stomach.
The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.
Los Angeles Times
It's so empty emotionally it's difficult to see what the point is, unless it's the celebration of emptiness, an aim that has become so familiar recently it hardly seems worth the trouble everyone has gone to.