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  1. Adam Whybray's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    The pot was thoroughly boiled! There's something genuinely chilling in its economy of style. A testimony to the heroism of softness and the importance for English speakers to learn a secondary language. A hearty three stars. Note: The synopsis incorrectly identifies the hitchhiker was being "psychotic" - he is not experiences psychosis and those who do are generally a far greater danger to themselves than others.

  2. P D Dawson's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    A claustrophobic movie from beginning to end. You can feel the heat and tension building and it manages to cleverly pull you in, to make you look for chances where the men could maybe have taken the gun from the Hitch-Hikers grasp. All told, a wonderful film for its time and still a joy to watch today, a good suspenseful thriller skillfully put together.

  3. James's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    Michael Stipe takes Phil Collins hostage, what's not to like?! Some excellent performances by some boulders too, not to be missed.

  4. Pango's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    I would not consider this film a noir. As a noir fan I found myself disappointed. It seemed to me more a propaganda anti-hitch-hiking. William Talman gives a great performance, but the other two main characters are so not memorable.

  5. The Tsundokuist's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    I'm a huge fan of Noir but The Hitch-Hiker is a road to nowhere. Most of the cast are off-the-shelf average Joes of Hollywood's worst variety and the plot never really takes a single twist or turn away from what you expect is about to happen.

  6. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    It's a respectable noir. Though I'd sooner describe it as Jack Kerouac's omitted heroin withdrawal chapter from On The Road. The eras strange glorification of psychos as American 'rogues' and 'outlaws' is a bit hard to take seriously in this film, but the overall acting is fine and Mexico in the early 50's makes for a treat.

  7. Lewis Taylor's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    A simple premise executed with economy and control by Lupino. The slumbering psychopath with the wandering eye is a brilliant conceit, full of menace.

  8. Bilouaustria's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    Excellent B-Noir thanks to Lupino┬┤s direction. The long introduction without dialogues is a great exemple of what talkies can take from the silent era into modern filmmaking : using suggestion and action outside the scope to tell a story. The rest is almost hitchcockian. With limited space and only three characters, the tension never slows down. Great work from Musuraca (cinematography), solid acting.

  9. EdieEmm's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    Psychologically tense, cinematographic noir with enough atmosphere to make a wide-open desert seem claustrophobic. Suffers from obviously limiting production code restrictions and an exhaustingly melodramatic score.

  10. smndvdcl's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    The only noir directed by a woman (1 out of 350). Commendable for breaking up the boys' club if a variable script to work with.

  11. L'immoralistee's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

  12. fluforget's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    somehow waited till the end, but found the movie unsatisfying - nor via interesting plot or character development, neither through some acting or style or anything. why did i wait till the end, anyway? :) perhaps that i've hitch-hiked a lot somewhen. dear me.

  13. filmcapsule's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    A deliciously tense and gritty noir thriller. Lupino imbues this B-movie frame with some elements of real horror and emotional heft, like the dark and ominous opening combining a crime with its discovery in a single shot. Touches like these add an authorial voice and wryness to a film otherwise literal and down-to-earth.

  14. Mikhail Moldavskiy's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    It is quite mediocre, at times simply bad, yet worth a look as a location showcase of Alabama Hills near Lone Pine and Big Pine, California. Labeled as a film noir, it feels transitional into the next decade of film mainstream.

  15. Joe Pryweller's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    A throwback to earlier noir, with little action, shootouts or car chases. It's all psychological, with the tension coming from the devil-like hitchhiker with the paralyzed eye, the remote hills, rocks and buzzards portending desperation and possible doom. Lupino, one of the best crime directors of her day, tellingly has little use for women in this film. She's a director of men, some soft, some hard, all angry.

  16. tcurley's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    What's with that canvas bag on the front bumper of the Plymouth? A pretty good movie overall.

  17. Joseph Filvarof's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

  18. Ben's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    There are some incredibly tense scenes and classic noir camerawork that almost make up for the fact that a bunch of this movie is shots of people driving through the desert.

  19. T Mills's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    One of the best crime films ever. It's lean and mean, Lupino has an eye and ear for the genre. Where it could have gotten so silly at the end, it prevails and shows that Lupino was one of the most mature and best directors of her time.

  20. caitlin.f's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    decent film. a little too predictable.

  21. corycorycorycory's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

  22. Nick Potter's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    At its core, The Hitch-Hiker is a very simple film noir story told efficiently. Ida Lupino's directing style isn't flashy or showy, so it doesn't get in the way of the three actors subtly playing off of each other. Coming in at 71 minutes, the film has no room for any fat to be left around, and there isn't any to be found.

  23. Kelsey Hill's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

  24. Kaiwen Li's rating of the film The Hitch-Hiker

    Average quality crime film. Enjoyed the beginning. Later the weakness in the story became apparent. There is no good reason why the killer keep the two people alive. He popped off so many others in cold blood. Why does he need them alive? To drive the car? The ending is lame. A random mexican sees a Wanted notice and calls the police. The police shows and the story is over. Come on.

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