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The Hitcher Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 2, 2014
A cosmic horror film drawn out of a psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Spare and engrossing original road slaughterfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
February 12, 2010
An uncanny frisson, plus a road of endless curves

TV Guide
August 30, 2009
Feature debuts don't come much better than director Robert Harmon and screenwriter Eric Red's sleek, dream-like thriller about a naïve college boy who crosses paths with devil in the flesh after taking a wrong turn on some lost highway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A highly unimaginative slasher that keeps the tension going with a massacre about every 15 minutes.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
February 22, 2007
Without the original film's subtext of male bonding gone awry, nothing here has a shred of psychological resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 29, 2006
A partir de um conceito simples, o diretor cria tensão e transforma seu vilão (muito bem vivido por Hauer) em uma figura quase alegórica.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's a highly competent sick-fright version of the evergreen chase formula.
Chuck O'Leary
October 10, 2005
Rutger Hauer is so menacing as the title fiend that you'll never pick up a hitchhiker. An absolutely relentless horror-thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 2, 2005
...essentially entertaining throughout...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Venable
June 28, 2005
This film is the reason Rutger Hauer is still a name that movie fans know.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Hauer's lunatic performance is the only thing that keeps The Hitcher from completely running off the road.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 13, 2004
Pretty nifty little thriller that falters at the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Effective '80s horror movie. A relentless villain and some horrific scenes.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Hauer, who has reportedly vowed not to play any more villains or crackpots, is probably making the right decision, if this is any measure of the sort of role that comes his way.
Widgett Walls
March 19, 2003
It's like a sadistic version of Duel, instead of a semi you get Hauer in all his creepy manic splendor.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 4, 2003
Fairly effective little thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
A gruesome cult classic.
| Original Score: 3/5
IGN Movies
August 8, 2002
Creepy, moody, implausible and impossible to take your eyes off of.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I would have admired it more if it had found the courage to acknowledge the real relationship it was portraying between Howell and Rutger, but no: It prefers to disguise itself as a violent thriller, and on that level it is reprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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