The Hitcher
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Grace Andrews and Jim Halsey, a collegiate couple, are tormented by a mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher. The young couple hits the road in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, en route to spring break. But, their pleasure trip soon turns into a waking nightmare. The initial encounters with Ryder are increasingly off-putting for Grace and Jim, and they bravely fight back when he ambushes them. But they are truly blindsided when he implicates them in a horrific slaying and continues to shadow them. The open road becomes a suspenseful, action-packed battleground of blood and metal as, in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[It's] cheerfully in touch with its own brainlessness."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Don't even think of stopping."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Despite its Playboy Playmate heroine and corny-as-hell climax, The Hitcher is still more engrossing than most of the other horror redos unleashed on the youth market of late. I'm talkin' to you, Grudge 2."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"For my taste, it was better off left dead, roadkill on the cinematic highway."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Tense, brooding, scary -- there are plenty of words to describe 1986's superior B-movie The Hitcher. None, however, apply to this remake."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian
"Bloated, boring and over-explained."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"... about all the movie is effective at is insulting the audience."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The recent assembly-line remaking of recognizable horror titles continues with The Hitcher, a dreary updating of the 1986 Rutger Hauer thriller."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"While this new Hitcher has its moments, it just doesn't make for as scary or interesting a ride as its predecessor."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"As is usually the case with remakes of this sort, instead of soul, point of view, or guts, the movie features a story as flat as its open surroundings, transparent like soda water, with as many holes as bubbles, and a few slices of improbability for flavo"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Eric Red's sturdy genre script from 1986 has been diluted in the worst way possible."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"[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?"
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"The new version is an adequate technical exercise ... but the attempts at 'originality' undermine whatever meager integrity the original possessed."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Enjoyably trashy remake with a suitably creepy performance from Sean Bean, even if it's not quite on the level of Rutger Hauer's original."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The first few minutes of Dave Meyers's remake of The Hitcher are desperately tense."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
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