The Hitcher
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The Hitcher tells a story that dates back to Orson Welles's Mercury Theater radio broadcasts, only with an added layer of gore and cynicism. Rutger Hauer is John Ryder, an itinerant serial killer who murders without reason. He comes upon Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell), whom he spares, but John succeeds in framing Jim as a murderer, trapping him in a labyrinthine maze of circumstantial evidence. Taking it on the lam, Jim is befriended by Nash (Jennifer Jason Leigh). But John Ryder is always following close behind, and Ryder has a terrible fate in store for anyone who becomes friendly with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A highly unimaginative slasher that keeps the tension going with a massacre about every 15 minutes."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I would have admired it more if it had found the courage to acknowledge the real relationship it was portraying between Howell and Rutger, but no: It prefers to disguise itself as a violent thriller, and on that level it is reprehensible."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An uncanny frisson, plus a road of endless curves"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A partir de um conceito simples, o diretor cria tensão e transforma seu vilão (muito bem vivido por Hauer) em uma figura quase alegórica."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This film is the reason Rutger Hauer is still a name that movie fans know."
‑ John Venable,
"It's a highly competent sick-fright version of the evergreen chase formula."
‑ , Time Out
"A cosmic horror film drawn out of a psychological thriller."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Feature debuts don't come much better than director Robert Harmon and screenwriter Eric Red's sleek, dream-like thriller about a naïve college boy who crosses paths with devil in the flesh after taking a wrong turn on some lost highway."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Rutger Hauer is so menacing as the title fiend that you'll never pick up a hitchhiker. An absolutely relentless horror-thriller."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Hauer's lunatic performance is the only thing that keeps The Hitcher from completely running off the road."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Mr. Hauer, who has reportedly vowed not to play any more villains or crackpots, is probably making the right decision, if this is any measure of the sort of role that comes his way."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Spare and engrossing original road slaughterfest."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Without the original film's subtext of male bonding gone awry, nothing here has a shred of psychological resonance."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"...essentially entertaining throughout..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Pretty nifty little thriller that falters at the end."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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