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  • Summary: Jeff Taylor (Russell) and his wife Amy (Quinlan) are headed toward a new life in California when their car's engine dies on a remote highway. Amy accepts a ride from a helpful trucker (Walsh) while Jeff waits with the car. But when Jeff shows up at the agreed rendezvous, he finds his wife'sJeff Taylor (Russell) and his wife Amy (Quinlan) are headed toward a new life in California when their car's engine dies on a remote highway. Amy accepts a ride from a helpful trucker (Walsh) while Jeff waits with the car. But when Jeff shows up at the agreed rendezvous, he finds his wife's not there. The locals aren't talking; the police aren't much help. With no one to turn to, Jeff battles his worst fears and begins a desperate, danger-ridden search to find Amy -- before it's too late! (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Bucking the lava tide of computer special effects gushing out of Hollywood this season, the makers of Breakdown use old-fashioned ingenuity -- plus a compelling star, a fast- paced mystery and a deadpan villain -- to come up with a sizzler.
  2. 90
    Breakdown recalls so many good movies, in such unpredictable order, that by the end it simply stands on its own, a solid, logical, edge-of-the-seat sluiceway of escape and pursuit.
  3. His Breakdown is a tough, vigorous exercise in pure action, shot with throwback expertise and, most refreshingly, without special effects.
  4. It starts slowly, but builds to a spectacular climax with hearty sound effects and deftly directed stunts.
  5. 75
    Breakdown is a fine thriller, and its ending is unworthy of it.
  6. The movie's surrender to banality is all the more dispiriting because it gets off to such a good start.
  7. 38
    Breakdown is the latest in a seemingly endless traffic jam of thrillers that opens strong but finishes abominably.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    Breakdown is a fantastic thriller with Kurt Russell. The movie has great imagination and few movies can
    have no flaws or slower paced scenes.
    Breakdown is a fantastic thriller with Kurt Russell. The movie has great imagination and few movies can
    have no flaws or slower paced scenes. Breakdown is a thriller in the tradition of all the classic thrillers.
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  2. BrandonU.
    Nov 2, 2005
    9
    A very well made thriller with great performaces from Kurt Russell and the late, great, J.T. Walsh.
  3. Mar 10, 2014
    8
    One of my favourite films of all time, why?.

    Because it felt real I had watched this young so I had a imagination that was way to big to
    One of my favourite films of all time, why?.

    Because it felt real I had watched this young so I had a imagination that was way to big to control. I had liked and watched this great thriller genre that I would say now easily pitch's up to the master of thrillers like the great Aldred Hitchcock would definitely recommend this classic to any who are interested in great stories and unpredictable conclusions.
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