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Scripter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard) made his directorial debut with this thriller about an FBI agent in pursuit of a serial killer. Politically ambitious Amarillo police chief Jack McGinnis (William Fichtner) uses a local murder to gain votes in his campaign, a setback for Sheriff Buck Olmstead (R. Lee Ermey), up for reelection. The situation looks better for Olmstead after FBI agent Frank LaCrosse (Dennis Quaid) arrives to track the killer. LaCrosse has a personal agenda: he's convinced this killer is the man who kidnapped his son. Meanwhile, ex-medical student Lane Dixon (Jared Leto),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Quaid is a one-note sadsack here and no natural action hero."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"A well-done suspense-thriller...Has modest aspirations, but meets them admirably."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"messily written and surprisingly poorly acted... the pursuit is a yawn a minute, leading to a climax that would be laughable if it weren't so dull."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A superb, underrated drama"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"The striking American West setting enlivens this efficient, rote thriller."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"High-class thriller, with a superb turn by Quaid"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Switchback plays as entertaining, if not quite classic, dramatic fare."
‑ Rod Granger, Film Journal International
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