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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 11 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Saito
    50
    The Hitcher's main problem is that many of the title character's dirty deeds are done off-camera. Instead of seeing Ryder trap his victims before he kills them, the audience is treated to plenty of butchered corpses that seem to magically appear after Ryder leaves a room.
  2. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    50
    The young couple is far less compelling, which is one reason why the remake is only intermittently effective. Bland and dim-witted, it's hard to see why they'd attract Ryder's wrath.
  3. A remake of the 1986 suspense ''classic,'' is as processed and hoot-worthy as the original.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    The original film was intellectually engaging as well as tangibly creepy, while the new remake is just plain bad, and boring to boot.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    30
    The movie genuflects toward pop depth in a scene where Grace sprawls on a motel bed watching Alfred Hitchcock’s "Birds," another thriller about implacable, undefined evil, but there’s a difference between refusing to give viewers the answers and having nothing to say. For all its death-metal vigor, The Hitcher falls into the latter camp.
  6. Any good will built up during the decent first half hour is quickly vaporized.
  7. 11
    The first film was near-mythic in its tone and treatment of its characters, while this remake barely serves as a primer in how not to generate suspense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. SteveO.
    Jan 19, 2007
    10
    Sophia Bush is mighty fine, and is the best part of this movie!!
  2. R.L.
    Feb 19, 2009
    10
    An amazingly disturbing and creepy horror film that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. This reimaging of a boring and not so An amazingly disturbing and creepy horror film that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. This reimaging of a boring and not so scary horror film is a much better film than the original. The Hitcher stars Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton as Jim Halsey(the name of the original Hitcher) and Grace Andrews, a college couple en route to spring break along the way they meet the mysterious John Ryder. He introduces himself and asks if he can trouble them for a ride, Jim reluctantly agrees, almost a mile form the gas station Ryder pulls a knife on Jim and tells Jim to say four little words " I want to die." Jim soon manages to kick Ryder rout of the car and drive off. And that begins the pulse pounding, heart stopping and mind blowing horror film that explodes into a nonstop thrill ride that won't let up till the very end. Expand
  3. LennyR.
    Feb 19, 2009
    10
    An amazing horror experience. I really enjoyed this creepy film.
  4. MatthewF
    Jul 29, 2007
    8
    This fresh update to the boring 1986 movie has it all: Top acting, plot, gore, sex, and adult language (which is coming harder and to find This fresh update to the boring 1986 movie has it all: Top acting, plot, gore, sex, and adult language (which is coming harder and to find due to the evil. Expand
  5. May 29, 2012
    6
    Passable horror that has some good moments but unfortunately falls into the category of "what are they playing at" and instead of just takingPassable horror that has some good moments but unfortunately falls into the category of "what are they playing at" and instead of just taking a hint, turning around and heading home the road trip continues and subsequent mayhem ensues. Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2011
    3
    This movie could have been a lot better if there weren't so many what in the hell moments. I understand that it's a movie and I need toThis movie could have been a lot better if there weren't so many what in the hell moments. I understand that it's a movie and I need to suspend my disbelief but some of it was just to much. The soundtrack also didn't fit in a couple spots either. One thing that deserves credit is the acting was actually pretty good. Usually horror movies are not packed with actors that make you go wow, but this one was actually very respectable. Overall the movie isn't anything great but it a lot better then some.
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  7. AW
    Jul 11, 2008
    1
    Only noteworthy thing about it is the unintentional comedy.

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