When Strangers Appear

2001, Mystery & thriller, 1h 40m

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The owner of a roadside cafe plays a deadly cat-and-mouse game with three psychopaths.

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Critic Reviews for When Strangers Appear

All Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for When Strangers Appear

  • Aug 17, 2013
    Begins well as an intense thriller, and manages its twists and turns efficiently. But that lasts only for the first half or so. What began as an intense thriller then turns to a ridiculously mindless chasing flick. A nail biting thriller gives place to finger biting one. Utterly nonsense to recommend to. Yet, 1/10.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2012
    Yay, a homage to the classic road thriller, intensity was 100% there just like in the Hitcher. Radha Michell was brilliant in this film, it's a really nicely done low budget film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2010
    Surprisingly solid suspense-thriller filled with interesting twists, written and directed by Scott Reynolds. Good writing, very interesting subplots which compliment everything on the surface very well. Great cinematography. Good performances all around; especially by Radha Mitchell ["Pitch Black"], Josh Lucas ["Glory Road"], Barry Watson ["Boogeyman", which was a crappy movie by the way], and Kevin Anderson. Overall it's a very entertaining film and the ending is pretty good even though it was a bit unrealistic.
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  • Jan 26, 2010
    A film like 'When Strangers Appear' serves as a worthy reminder of how difficult a well-constructed screenplay is to write by demonstrating how poorly it can be done! Truly an amateurish effort: a vehicle changes location without a driver, 3 men cannot chase down a 5'4" woman neither in their car nor on foot, enemies routinely appear from nowhere, and the hackneyed King of McGuffins, an unexplained computer disc. How original! These inadequacies disrupt what began as an intriguing mystery/thriller with a wounded drifter appearing at an offroad diner tended by a jaded waitress with a secret of her own. Unfortunately the writer seemed to have concocted his scenes first but then had no idea how to string them together. Josh Lucas and his cronies are fairly pedestrian, the only reason this gets two stars is the typically involving, realistic work from Radha Mitchell who draws us into her plight. And the final pre-credit scene is an ironic chuckler. But set in Oregon?? Ha ha, I don't think so!
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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