"Panahi films the drama with aesthetic audacity to match his psychological subtlety."
— The New Yorker
"This is a triumph on every conceivable level, announcing the arrival of a prodigious talent."
— Alex Saveliev, Film Threat
"A lovable and affecting crowd-pleaser… the work of a filmmaker in full command of their own voice."
— David Ehrlich, IndieWire
"Phenomenal! Thrillingly inventive, satisfyingly textured and infused with warmth and humanity, this is a triumph."
— Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
"The clarity and ingenuity with which each spark of imagination is delivered is astounding… Panahi is every bit the filmmaker his father is."
— Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com
"A breath of fresh air and a truly original work… contains more thrilling cinema than most other films at this year’s Cannes put together."
— Elena Lazic, The Playlist
"Wistful and eerie in equal measure… the sensations that Panahi whips up, from humor to tension, from mystery to grief, are crystal clear."
— Diego Semerene, Slant Magazine
"Terrific! Panahi's quietly affecting drama is leavened with wry humor and… capped with a thrillingly Kubrickian ending that seems all too appropriate."
— David Morgan, CBS News
"A worthy descendant—both stylistic and biological—of Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi, Hit the Road maps its own journey: playful, bittersweet and wholly surprising."
— Dylan Kai Dempsey, Ioncinema
"An intimate, frequently funny, poignant and deeply moving piece of work… damned near to being a masterpiece – if it isn’t simply one already."
— John Bleasdale, Cinevue