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The Hitcher

The Hitcher (2007)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 75

Sean Bean tries giving motive and emotion to the hitcher, but director Dave Meyers is more interested in cheap shocks, and gratuitious gore and torture.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 18

Sean Bean tries giving motive and emotion to the hitcher, but director Dave Meyers is more interested in cheap shocks, and gratuitious gore and torture.



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Movie Info

Grace Andrews and Jim Halsey, a collegiate couple, are tormented by a mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher. The young couple hits the road in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, en route to spring break. But, their pleasure trip soon turns into a waking nightmare. The initial encounters with Ryder are increasingly off-putting for Grace and Jim, and they bravely fight back when he ambushes them. But they are truly blindsided when he implicates them in a horrific slaying and continues to shadow


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Jake Wade Ball, Eric Red

May 1, 2007


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All Critics (100) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (75) | DVD (17)

[It's] cheerfully in touch with its own brainlessness.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Bloated, boring and over-explained.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Eric Red's sturdy genre script from 1986 has been diluted in the worst way possible.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Don't even think of stopping.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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... about all the movie is effective at is insulting the audience.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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[Grace, played by Sophia Bush] can't go six blocks without having to pee, and we're supposed to believe she knows how to fire a Colt 45 and a shotgun?

January 22, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (2)
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Despite its Playboy Playmate heroine and corny-as-hell climax, The Hitcher is still more engrossing than most of the other horror redos unleashed on the youth market of late. I'm talkin' to you, Grudge 2.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The recent assembly-line remaking of recognizable horror titles continues with The Hitcher, a dreary updating of the 1986 Rutger Hauer thriller.

July 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily

The new version is an adequate technical exercise ... but the attempts at 'originality' undermine whatever meager integrity the original possessed.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

For my taste, it was better off left dead, roadkill on the cinematic highway.

July 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

While this new Hitcher has its moments, it just doesn't make for as scary or interesting a ride as its predecessor.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Enjoyably trashy remake with a suitably creepy performance from Sean Bean, even if it's not quite on the level of Rutger Hauer's original.

June 19, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Tense, brooding, scary -- there are plenty of words to describe 1986's superior B-movie The Hitcher. None, however, apply to this remake.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

As is usually the case with remakes of this sort, instead of soul, point of view, or guts, the movie features a story as flat as its open surroundings, transparent like soda water, with as many holes as bubbles, and a few slices of improbability for flavo

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The first few minutes of Dave Meyers's remake of The Hitcher are desperately tense.

June 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
Times [UK]

A depressingly formulaic reworking of a unique cult favourite that should have been left well alone. Stick with Rutger.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A guilty pleasure -- but only if you like your action outlandish, your continuity challenged and your guts and gore splattered all over the screen.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

If you can't improve upon your original in some small but interesting way, then you're simply churning out assembly-line product for a gradually more disinterested fan-base.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: FEARnet

If only they had a good story and enough solid thrills to sustain it for longer than a half-hour.

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

One of the better models in a long line of recent horror remakes.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Meyers' young characters are denied personality. The psychological turmoil is all at the surface.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

The script is bloodsoaked, predictable as well as meaningless, and there is little else to recommend the film unless you're after mindless shocks and like to be in the company of a couple of youngsters who are made out to be a bit stupid

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

I don't get the rational behind remaking a mediocre piece of cinematic fluff that never really captured the public's attentions in the first place.

March 7, 2007 Full Review

She's also a little too convincing when she asserts at last, "I don't feel anything." If Grace hasn't been here before, you most certainly have.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for The Hitcher

October 24, 2013
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four stars...
July 20, 2013
MisterYoda ?

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In all fairness, I don't remember thinking the original was all that great either, but this is pretty bad. Ending is probably the best bit of it, and even that is far fetched.
January 12, 2013

Super Reviewer

If you're going to remake a film then let it be better than the original or give it a slightly different plot. The original in this case was much better and this is hardly a challenging role for Sean Bean
February 10, 2012

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    1. John Ryder: [after Grace shoots John repeatedly in his bulletproof vest] Feels good, doesn't it?
    2. Grace Andrews: I don't feel anything. [Grace shoots John in the head, and walks away]
    – Submitted by Bria M (2 years ago)
    1. John Ryder: I want you to say four little words: I... Want... To... Die.
    – Submitted by Alister M (2 years ago)
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