The Hitcher
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A lonely stretch of highway leads to a date with terror in this thriller. Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton) and Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) are a young couple in the midst of a long-distance road trip when, during a rainstorm, they take pity on a hitchhiker, John Ryder) (Sean Bean), and give him a lift. Jim and Grace soon come to regret their benevolence when Ryder reveals himself as a violent madman determined to see them dead. Luck is with Jim and Grace, and they're able to throw off Ryder and get back on the road, but as it happens their troubles are just beginning. Ryder has already killed… 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 [UK]
"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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