Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
Mostow knows his Hitchcock as well as his Spielberg.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Many will note echoes of 'The Vanishing,' 'Deliverance' and most of all, Steven Spielberg's 'Duel,' with Mostow displaying much of the craft that Spielberg ambushed us with in the 1971 TV movie that put him on the map.
Mike Clark - USA Today
- Washington Post
[Kurt Russell's] lack of energy afflicts the film as much as its director's lack of ideas.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Richard Harrington - Washington Post
Breakdown gets the job done.
Jeff Millar - Houston Chronicle
Taut, skillful and surgically effective.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A taut suspense film.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A classic summer movie that has smarts plus sizzle.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Todd McCarthy - Variety
- Globe and Mail
A long, drawn-out bore where the fate of each character is all-but-inscribed on his or her forehead.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Jack Mathews - Los Angeles Times
Keith Uhlich - House Next Door
...one of the most effective and flat-out engrossing thrillers within recent cinematic history...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
- Time Out
A first-rate nail-biter that packs more genuine white-knuckle moments into 100 minutes than a dozen overpriced volcano movies could ever dream of having.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
A taut, well-crafted suspense film that delivers the paranoid goods.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
An engrossing, exciting nailbiter that makes the most of every single one of its efficient 95 minutes.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Are we really supposed to empathize with the empathy-proof Kurt Russell? I was actually hoping that his character's wife had run away with the trucker ...
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Pure free-fall fun.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A well-crafted thriller.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
It's a little silly and you do have to suspend your disbelief, but it's a thrilling ride.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A spare, solid, sharply paced tale of terror that does what a thriller is supposed to do -- scare the bejesus out of you.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Nifty morality play about the invidious vices of envy and showing off.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A well-made B thriller.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
[Mostow is] able to sustain a nightmarish reality that is at once gripping and chilling.
Dale Winogura - Boxoffice Magazine
If you liked Hand That Rocks the Cradle, or Eye for An Eye, you are gonna like Breakdown.
Leslie Rigoulot - Film Scouts
It's a cool flick, with a good story, and it's worth paying full price. And I never say that about Kurt Russell movies.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Some movies have such good set-ups, that they are virtually assured to be something of a let-down when it comes time for the follow-through. Jonathan Mostow's Breakdown is such a movie.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A terrifying movie that presses the right buttons early on and then capitalizes on your vulnerability.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Watching one action cliche after another, the audience's natural reaction to the film's conclusion has to be, 'Yeah, right!'
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The movie will make you feel sick, but in the nicest, most entertaining kind of way.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Just about worth the price of admission.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
A 96- minute thrill ride that twists and turns before accelerating to a wonderfully overwrought finale.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
From the beginning, the movie grabs your attention and doesn't let go.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
- Boston Phoenix
If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and working with a '90s sensibility, he'd be proud to claim it as his own.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A fairly taut thriller that gets into gear by stealing parts from Duel, The Vanishing and Deliverance.
- E! Online
Russell Smith - Austin Chronicle
When you really think about Breakdown -- and believe me, that would probably require spending more time thinking about the movie than the filmmakers did -- it doesn't make much sense.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Breakdown manages a constant, paranoid suspense by never revealing more about what's really happened to the wife on than the hero himself knows.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Breakdown is mostly a testosterone fest, but it's a good one.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
An incredibly tense, gripping, white-knuckle treat.
Bob McCabe - Empire Magazine
The film has a few interesting twists, but the movie's main flaws are its over-reliance on wild coincidences to advance the plot and a pace that is overwhelmingly slow until the very end.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Breakdown is as viscerally effective as any thriller Hollywood has turned out in the last few years.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Overall, you should enjoy Breakdown, but you'll leave with the feeling that it could have been done a little bit better.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
An example of what happens when a new filmmaker comes along with a fresh perspective and manages to squeeze some life back into a by-now formula plot.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews