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Untraceable (2008)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 124

Despite Diane Lane's earnest effort, Untraceable manages to be nothing more than a run-of-the-mill thriller with a hypocritical message.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 29

Despite Diane Lane's earnest effort, Untraceable manages to be nothing more than a run-of-the-mill thriller with a hypocritical message.



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Movie Info

This is the story of a technology-savvy serial killer who displays his graphic murders on his own website. The FBI Internet Crimes division must work quickly to track him down.


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Robert Fyvolent, Mark R. Brinker

May 13, 2008


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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (124) | DVD (17)

You know something ain't kosher when a movie purporting to offer a critique of sadistic voyeurism opens with a hand-rubbing scene of kitten abuse.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Morally duplicitous torture porn: how else to describe Untraceable, a bleak, rain-washed horror thriller.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This joyless thriller runs the gamut from unconscionable through unwatchable to unendurable. It's also unfathomable that two talented people, Diane Lane and her director, Gregory Hoblit, got themselves involved in such an unpromising enterprise.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Untraceable feels sleazy and gratuitous.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Untraceable demonstrates, once again, how unnecessary it is for audiences actually to understand technical jargon.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Untraceable really is disgraceable.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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For all the would-be with-it cyber/techno-speak, strip that all away, and Gregory Hoblit's film is completely stale and cliched thriller nonsense.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source:

Untraceable is a thriller with a heavy moral compass which shines a bright light on internet ethics.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Untraceable boasts a respected director (Gregory Hoblit of Fracture and Primal Fear), and a popular movie star (Diane Lane) but it's still about people getting tortured to death.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Untraceable is prototype Internet conspiracy drivel, with a hackneyed plot years too late and a simple premise of good cops and innocents against sickos.

October 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Cookie cutter police procedural with a Hostel tinge.

November 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Neither terrifying nor inspiring.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

While certainly compelling in terms of drawing you into the story, Untraceable has a number of nagging narrative flaws.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

If you aren't a fan of scary thrillers, you're going to want to give this one a wide berth. But if you're aching for your next dose of suspense drama adrenaline, Untraceable may just do the trick.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

Previsível e desinteressante, tenta contornar a trama clichê com cenas que investem na violência gráfica, mas sem sucesso.

July 10, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Bah! What a lame-o thriller.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Untraceable will have steam for a little while and then it is just going to die down and become the $5.99 movie at Walmart.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

...a generic, garden-variety thriller that's almost entirely lacking in genuine thrills or surprises...

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Neither terrible nor memorable, Untraceable is the sort of movie that lives up to its name %u2013 within an hour of seeing it, memories of it will vanish without a trace.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The movie's run of the mill stuff - fairly entertaining but not particularly inventive - with the standard twists and turns. Yet another film featuring a cute but horrific serial killer fixated on a beautiful and intelligent female law officer.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Part of the problem with "Untraceable" is the identity of the killer behind the Web site is revealed way too early, thus taking most of the mystery out of the movie.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Daily Times

Creepy, suspenseful cyber-thriller about downloading death, hacker homicide, and a baby-faced computer geek wielding a mouse as a deadly weapon.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

[T]he honkingly stupid script is the kind that inspires Mystery Science Theater call-and-response.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

What is ultimately more disturbing than the premise itself is the way director Gregory Hoblit injects a sensational voyeuristic element to the proceedings. I felt as though I needed a good wash after watching.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (3)
Urban Cinefile

Even if you take the film's moral lesson at face value, the overkill is discouraging, and not very instructive.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Lane is an imaginative actress, every bit as good as Jodie Foster, and the film is clothed in a dark and chilly atmosphere that Hoblit constructs with some skill.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for Untraceable

Perhaps not quite as impressive on the second viewing of this film, due to the high number of films created around similar scenarios, the online killer has perhaps struck far too many times. Having said that this was slightly more Thriller than Horror and Diane Lane was a likeable lead, plus there was more of a believable background story than most of this genre.
February 25, 2011

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its ok in a thriller by the numbers kind of way.
August 12, 2010

Super Reviewer

Untraceable was seen as one of the worst films of 2008 when released. I do not understand why this is so. Diane Lane makes the film what it is with a decent enough performance to keep you interested in watching. Untraceable though not flawless is still a strong enough thriller to keep you guessing til the end. Some parts of this film were indeed creepy, and Hoblit's direction adds the right amount of tension to the mix. Untraceable is highly underrated, though definitely not the best thriller it has a decent enough story. It's not as bad as what many reviews have said. If you want the worst recent thriller rent 88 Minutes. Untraceable mixes elements of a crime thriller with creepy parts seen in horror films. But as far as a good thriller is concerned, Untraceable is a decent enough film to watch.
June 9, 2010
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