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In this suspense thriller, a man discovers the unexpected danger of trusting a good Samaritan. Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) and his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) are driving through the New Mexico desert en route to California when an incident with a lunatic driver causes their jeep to break down in the middle of nowhere. Jeff is trying to fix the vehicle when an apparently friendly truck driver, Red Barr (J.T. Walsh), stops by to offer help. Red tells the couple that there's a diner a few miles down the road where they can call for help; Jeff decides to stay with the car while Amy hops a ride… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"[Kurt Russell's] lack of energy afflicts the film as much as its director's lack of ideas."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Taut, skillful and surgically effective."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A first-rate nail-biter that packs more genuine white-knuckle moments into 100 minutes than a dozen overpriced volcano movies could ever dream of having."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"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 ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's a little silly and you do have to suspend your disbelief, but it's a thrilling ride."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A taut suspense film."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Although Breakdown certainly resembles a compacted version of George Sluizer's Americanized remake of his 1988 Dutch/French psychothriller, it actually owes a lot more to The Hitcher in terms of tone, atmosphere, and execution."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"A taut, well-crafted suspense film that delivers the paranoid goods."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"A well-crafted thriller."
‑ John Paul Powell, Jam! Movies
"A spare, solid, sharply paced tale of terror that does what a thriller is supposed to do -- scare the bejesus out of you."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"...one of the most effective and flat-out engrossing thrillers within recent cinematic history..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An engrossing, exciting nailbiter that makes the most of every single one of its efficient 95 minutes."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Pure free-fall fun."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"Nifty morality play about the invidious vices of envy and showing off."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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