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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Detour is a tautly efficient thriller that fully succeeds in making the viewer identify with its hapless protagonist’s desperate plight. show more

  • 50
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Detour does a fine job of giving drivers yet another reason to stress out, but that anxiety doesn’t extend to its hero’s fate. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    In comparison to its superior predecessors, the film's redemption plot feels banal and slight. show more

  • 70
    Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice

    The performance and filmmaking are invigorating. show more

  • 70
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson’s heavy breathing for your own. show more

  • 50
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    A moderately tense but also somewhat monotonous and overstretched exercise in claustrophobic suspense that doesn’t compare well to similar efforts like “Buried” and “127 Hours.” show more

  • 30
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    For all the ways Dickerson vigorously dramatizes the stages of solitary confinement — nervous humor, fear, rages, survival ingenuity (including a nifty breathing apparatus) — it's never enough to explain why this particular individual's story is worth telling. show more

  • 58
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    Dickerson passes on the occasion for existential drama and goes for the race-against-the-clock urgency of an ordinary guy trying to crawl out of his predicament. It’s effective enough, but there isn’t much to it. show more

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