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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Bucking the lava tide of computer special effects gushing out of Hollywood this season, the makers of Breakdown use old-fashioned ingenuity -- plus a compelling star, a fast- paced mystery and a deadpan villain -- to come up with a sizzler. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Breakdown exploits so many traditional thriller situations that any suspense fan vet can easily devote a hand to counting off the predecessors it plunders. [02May1997 Pg 12.D] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Breakdown is a fine thriller, and its ending is unworthy of it. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It starts slowly, but builds to a spectacular climax with hearty sound effects and deftly directed stunts. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Breakdown is a taut little thriller, the kind of well-crafted yarn that sets itself attainable goals and then meets them. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    When you really think about Breakdown - and believe me, that would probably require spending more time thinking about the movie than the filmmakers did - it doesn't make much sense. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Breakdown is the latest in a seemingly endless traffic jam of thrillers that opens strong but finishes abominably. show more

  • 80

    The great thing about Breakdown is simply that what you see is what you get. Want 90 minutes of edge of the seat tension? You got it. Want an unravelling nightmare that stays with you long after the movie? You got it. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    There are echoes of Stephen Spielberg's "Duel," as well as "Roadgames," "The Hitcher" and "The Hills Have Eyes," but director/cowriter Mostow isn't interested in hommages: He's just looking to crank up the suspense (not the in your face action, thank heavens), bit by miserable bit, and does a very nice job of it. show more

  • 40
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    Breakdown further illustrates the axiom that every truly original movie must be remade again and again until it achieves a state of sublime, all-encompassing idiocy. show more

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