The Hitcher

Critics Consensus

Sean Bean tries giving motive and emotion to The Hitcher, but director Dave Meyers is more interested in cheap shocks, and gratuitous gore and torture.



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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 them. The open road becomes a suspenseful, action-packed battleground of blood and metal as, in trying to elude not only Ryder but also New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Esteridge's officers, Grace and Jim must fight for their lives and face their fears head-on.

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Sean Bean
as John Ryder
Sophia Bush
as Gracie Andrews
Zachary Knighton
as Jim Halsey
Neal McDonough
as Lt. Esterbridge
Danny Bolero
as Officer Edwards
Skip O'Brien
as Harlan Bremmer Sr.
Travis Schuldt
as Harlan Bremmer Jr.
Jeff Hutchinson
as Young Father
Lauren Cohn
as Marlene
Jeffrey Hutchinson
as Young Father
Kyle Davis
as Buford's Store Clerk
Joseph Michael Self
as Transport Guard No. 1
Mike Fisher
as Transport Guard No. 2
Kurt Grossi
as Officer Franklin
Brad Robinson
as Correctional Officer
Kurt Bryant
as Paramedic
Jesse De Luna
as Officer Jessup
George McLain
as Officer George
Lance Strumpf
as Helicoptor Pilot
Kurt E. Soderling
as Helicopter Co-Pilot
Richard Hancock
as Ryder's Guard
Damon Carney
as Negotiator
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Critic Reviews for The Hitcher

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (77)

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

    Aug 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • Tense, brooding, scary -- there are plenty of words to describe 1986's superior B-movie The Hitcher. None, however, apply to this remake.

    Jun 16, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The first few minutes of Dave Meyers's remake of The Hitcher are desperately tense.

    Jun 2, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Bloated, boring and over-explained.

    May 31, 2007 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith
    Top Critic
  • Eric Red's sturdy genre script from 1986 has been diluted in the worst way possible.

    Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hitcher

  • Oct 24, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2012
    God, this is a terrible remake of a great film! All of the main plot points and set pieces are present and correct but none come close to the 86 original and there is no way that Bean can replicate the great Rutger Hauer. Also the young couple (why a couple and not a single driver I have no idea!) are stereotypical Hollywood cattle and bring no depth to their characters. C Thomas Howell was never a great actor but 'The Hitcher' was his greatest moment on film and these guys don't come close to his talent! Avoid at all costs and stick to the 1986 film.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    Bad remake of a good movie. Watch the 1986 version instead.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2011
    An extremely Entertaining classic horror flick
    Jacob P Super Reviewer

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