Breakdown Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Although Breakdown certainly resembles a compacted version of George Sluizer's Americanized remake of his 1988 Dutch/French psychothriller, it actually owes a lot more to The Hitcher in terms of tone, atmosphere, and execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 6, 2009
...one of the most effective and flat-out engrossing thrillers within recent cinematic history...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
March 3, 2006
A first-rate nail-biter that packs more genuine white-knuckle moments into 100 minutes than a dozen overpriced volcano movies could ever dream of having.
| Original Score: 8/10
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
October 28, 2005
A taut, well-crafted suspense film that delivers the paranoid goods.
| Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 3, 2005
An engrossing, exciting nailbiter that makes the most of every single one of its efficient 95 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
Are we really supposed to empathize with the empathy-proof Kurt Russell? I was actually hoping that his character's wife had run away with the trucker ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 7, 2003
[Kurt Russell's] lack of energy afflicts the film as much as its director's lack of ideas.
John Paul Powell
Jam! Movies
May 7, 2003
A well-crafted thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
May 7, 2003
Pure free-fall fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
It's a little silly and you do have to suspend your disbelief, but it's a thrilling ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
A taut suspense film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A spare, solid, sharply paced tale of terror that does what a thriller is supposed to do -- scare the bejesus out of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Nifty morality play about the invidious vices of envy and showing off.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
A well-made B thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dale Winogura
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
[Mostow is] able to sustain a nightmarish reality that is at once gripping and chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
If you liked Hand That Rocks the Cradle, or Eye for An Eye, you are gonna like Breakdown.
October 24, 2001
It's a cool flick, with a good story, and it's worth paying full price. And I never say that about Kurt Russell movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Some movies have such good set-ups, that they are virtually assured to be something of a let-down when it comes time for the follow-through. Jonathan Mostow's Breakdown is such a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Pretty good.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
A fairly taut thriller that gets into gear by stealing parts from Duel, The Vanishing and Deliverance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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