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Untraceable (2008)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 29

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 224,898


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.

R (for some prolonged sequences of strong gruesome violence, and language)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Robert Fyvolent , Mark R. Brinker
In Theaters:
May 13, 2008
Box Office:
Sony/Screen Gems - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Untraceable

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Morally duplicitous torture porn: how else to describe Untraceable, a bleak, rain-washed horror thriller.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Untraceable feels sleazy and gratuitous.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Untraceable demonstrates, once again, how unnecessary it is for audiences actually to understand technical jargon.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Untraceable really is disgraceable.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 2, 2014

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2009
Apollo Guide

Cookie cutter police procedural with a Hostel tinge.

Full Review… | November 30, 2008
Cinema Sight

Neither terrifying nor inspiring.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2008

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.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
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.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008

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

Full Review… | May 29, 2008
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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2008
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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | March 21, 2008

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.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
This is London

Audience Reviews for Untraceable

Im not a big gan of the Saw type movies as one of my friends compared this too but being that i work in fraud and i see a lot of cybercrime this perked me up. Diane Lane is awesome as alwasys and it was a good plot. Not horrible as some have said but not unwatchable either.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

its ok in a thriller by the numbers kind of way.

Stuart Brooks

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

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