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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 18 )
  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Any good will built up during the decent first half hour is quickly vaporized. show more

  • 20
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    While the 1986 edition was no classic, it's light years better than this update, which naturally opened without being screened for those ultimate villains, the critics. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The Hitcher is the Jessica Simpson of psycho killer flicks - cheerfully in touch with its own brainlessness. show more

  • 50

    The Hitcher's main problem is that many of the title character's dirty deeds are done off-camera. Instead of seeing Ryder trap his victims before he kills them, the audience is treated to plenty of butchered corpses that seem to magically appear after Ryder leaves a room. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The young couple is far less compelling, which is one reason why the remake is only intermittently effective. Bland and dim-witted, it's hard to see why they'd attract Ryder's wrath. show more

  • 38
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Bean carves out his own modest variations on the theme of John Ryder-on-the-storm, but Bush and Knighton are so blandly forgettable that it's hard to believe that they're the protagonists and not Victims 1 and 2. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is a mechanical gore-fest that offers preposterous stunts in place of escalating tension and waxwork mannequins in place of marginally interesting characters. show more

  • 25
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    If you boil off dialogue, performance, narrative logic and grind a movie down to the nub of genre, will there be any suspense left? The answer is yes, but only in a Pavlovian sense. You react to this dull shockathon like a wired lab rat who's seen it all before. And guess what? You have. show more

  • 30
    Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat

    Reviewing it is a wholly meaningless exercise, but I do it against my better judgment that anyone even seeks a second opinion before plopping down their hard-earned money for garbage like this. show more

  • 11
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    The first film was near-mythic in its tone and treatment of its characters, while this remake barely serves as a primer in how not to generate suspense. show more

  • January 20, 2014 finnertybunch3
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    Awesome movie, excellent photography...characters and actors. A must see a few times or more!

  • May 22, 2008 lkmath
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    i do this

  • May 22, 2008 Rip10199
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    how anyone would think this would be a good movie is beyond me, they are all the same try reading a book next time

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  • May 22, 2008 ggoblin10
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    this movie is GREAT see it. Sophia Bush is hot and Sean Bean is a bad@$$. Go on and see it.

  • May 22, 2008 archery123
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    I can't believe that I wasted my money on a crummy movie, bad acting,bad luck and a bad ending. The movie felt rushed,The popcorn and the soda was better than the show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 22, 2008 c21fhrtwl10
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    very disappointing. My expectations for this movie were already pretty low, but after seeing it....I was still disappointed. Oh well.

  • May 22, 2008 magicjammer9
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    SCARIEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN.This movie is worth the whole 10 dollars i spent on it. I was huddled in my seat during the whole movie. the action is non-stop and it is freakingly realistic. You feel like you are actually in the movie. The whole movie kept you in suspense and didn't waste anytime getting into the mood. The perfect movie in my eyes. One i couldn't predict from start to finish. Complete brilliance. Do not read the stupid reviews from the critics, they are moronic.

  • May 22, 2008 antmd2000
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    The Hitcher is an awesome movie. Do not listen to the critics. This movie delivers everything you would want to see in a movie. It is the first must see movie of the year. Do not miss this movie. Their is non stop action, terror, and blood/gore. Everyone should enjoy this movie. It makes you feel like you want to help the people in the movie and you want them to survive. Go see this movie now. It is one of the most entertaining movies in years.

  • May 22, 2008 felixthekat5
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    this movie was absolutely amazing. Phenominal acting, suspense, and filmmaking.

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