The Hitcher Reviews

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April 27, 2020
Viewers looking for more than a few secondhand thrills should drive right past The Hitcher.
August 22, 2007
[It's] cheerfully in touch with its own brainlessness.
June 16, 2007
Tense, brooding, scary -- there are plenty of words to describe 1986's superior B-movie The Hitcher. None, however, apply to this remake.
June 2, 2007
The first few minutes of Dave Meyers's remake of The Hitcher are desperately tense.
May 31, 2007
Bloated, boring and over-explained.
May 29, 2007
A guilty pleasure -- but only if you like your action outlandish, your continuity challenged and your guts and gore splattered all over the screen.
February 3, 2007
Don't even think of stopping.
February 3, 2007
Eric Red's sturdy genre script from 1986 has been diluted in the worst way possible.
January 25, 2007
About all the movie is effective at is insulting the audience.
January 22, 2007
[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
Switching the hero from a lone driver to a couple spoils the original's most intriguing idea: that the mass-murdering jackal may be the driver's own escaped id. That leaves little to fill 83 expendable minutes, which barely register as a movie.
January 22, 2007
That [original] film was intellectually engaging as well as tangibly creepy, while the new remake is just plain bad, and boring to boot.
January 20, 2007
There's no snowball effect and the characters are too weakly drawn and acted for there to be any psychological dimension to their interaction. The ending of the first movie was unsettling; the conclusion of this one is unsatisfying.
January 20, 2007
Perhaps most unforgivably, pic lacks suspense. The action scenes are directed credibly enough, but the nail-biting buildups and awful aftermaths are laid out mechanically and drained of emotional effect.
January 20, 2007
Like the same-titled 1986 cult favorite, this remake is a crash-and-burn action horror with intellectual pretensions.
January 19, 2007
Probably the nerviest move on filmmaker Dave Meyers' part was to include a clip from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, well demonstrating just how far we've descended when it comes to cinematic suspense.
January 19, 2007
There are several good jumps and scares, and it's surprisingly tense the whole way through, not just gory and cheesy.
January 19, 2007
[Director] Meyers delivers a steady stream of cheap jolts and something-popping-unexpectedly-into-frame scares, but little tension or atmosphere.
January 19, 2007
A stylish, jolting remake that has some of the virtues, but also the dramatically unsatisfying, amoral plot points as the original.
January 19, 2007
The movie doesn't make a lick of sense, but then neither did the original. There are enough shocks to keep it going but all thoughts of originality also perish on the side of the road.
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