Breakdown (1997)

Focusing more on building suspense than slam-bam action sequences, this taut thriller follows an ordinary man's struggle to locate his beloved wife, who simply vanished after a car breakdown led her to hitch a ride with a friendly… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 2, 1997
DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A brainy and suspenseful -- if somewhat uneven -- thriller.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

[Kurt Russell's] lack of energy afflicts the film as much as its director's lack of ideas.

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James Berardinelli

A long, drawn-out bore where the fate of each character is all-but-inscribed on his or her forehead.

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Nick Rogers

Sometimes a tightly wound watch - with a little bit of filigree and flourish to set it apart - is all you need. The sort of low-and-slow simmer that Blumhouse might now push into 1,000 theaters at best.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A taut suspense film.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mostow knows his Hitchcock as well as his Spielberg.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Breakdown gets the job done.

David Nusair
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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
A plain old bad movie with a ridiculous plot and no logic. The first thirty minutes was sort've interesting, but after that it just takes a trip to crazy… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Billy: You the fella looking for his wife? A damn good thriller that cuts off most of the fat and keeps everything moving. Its well made and stars Kurt… More
Jason Owens
"Breakdown" is without a doubt one of the best action movies I've ever seen, and one of the more overlooked. It's about a married couple… More
Lady D'arbanville
Not a bad film, although it did feel more like an 80's film than a 90's, with a slight resemblance to 'The Vanishing' Very predictable,… More
Red Lats
One of those movies where the world is stacked against you, but you battle against the bad guys if it is the last thing you ever do. The movie keeps you… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Standard and easy to forget thriller.