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Breakdown Reviews

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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 ...
| Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A long, drawn-out bore where the fate of each character is all-but-inscribed on his or her forehead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Breakdown has plenty of deft action sequences, and what they add up to is nifty garbage disposal, with all of us -- characters, filmmakers, viewers -- ultimately spiraling down the same drain.
| Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
The film has a few interesting twists, but the movie's main flaws are its over-reliance on wild coincidences to advance the plot and a pace that is overwhelmingly slow until the very end.
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Watching one action cliche after another, the audience's natural reaction to the film's conclusion has to be, 'Yeah, right!'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Taut, skillful and surgically effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
An example of what happens when a new filmmaker comes along with a fresh perspective and manages to squeeze some life back into a by-now formula plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Breakdown is mostly a testosterone fest, but it's a good one.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Breakdown manages a constant, paranoid suspense by never revealing more about what's really happened to the wife on than the hero himself knows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Nifty morality play about the invidious vices of envy and showing off.
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
Terrific stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Many will note echoes of 'The Vanishing,' 'Deliverance' and most of all, Steven Spielberg's 'Duel,' with Mostow displaying much of the craft that Spielberg ambushed us with in the 1971 TV movie that put him on the map.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Bill Clark
October 28, 2005
A taut, well-crafted suspense film that delivers the paranoid goods.
| Original Score: B+
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2003
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
August 16, 2011
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January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
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Washington Post
May 8, 2003
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Time Out
June 3, 2006
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