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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Reviews

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 26, 2009
When all is said and done, The Taking of Pelham 123 is a reliable, if unremarkable thriller that delivers what it must, and doesn't waste a moment doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
August 26, 2009
Packed with enough rap music, nauseating camera jerks, speed shifts and freeze frames to almost, so nearly, convince us something interesting is occurring on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons
August 23, 2009
Pelham would've been better served by a handful of Ritalin, or perhaps a director who wouldn't dare sacrifice rollicking suspense to feed his meaningless camera fetishes. Stick with the 1974 version.
Colin Newton
Courier Mail (Australia)
August 23, 2009
Ultimately, this is not a great train-robbery film -- but hey, in the whole scheme of things, it's not a bad one, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
D.K. Holm
Vancouver Voice
August 23, 2009
"Bland, overweight, and overpaid actors enact their dumbshow against a backdrop of urban efficiency prettied up for consumer delight."
Scott A. Mantz
Entertainment Insiders
August 21, 2009
Stays on track as an entertaining-enough suspense thriller featuring fine performances by Denzel Washington, John Travolta and James Gandolfini.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 20, 2009
Made with all the sinewy economy and storytelling clarity honed by making lots of high end TV commercials, Tony Scott pumps contempo energy and visual style into this classic good story
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 20, 2009
It is all about star power and screen charisma with Washington and Travolta making formidable adversaries, whether on screen together or at opposing ends of the microphone.
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
August 11, 2009
[It's]a popcorn movie, nothing more and nothing less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2009
I won't lie and say The Taking of Pelham 123 is destined to be a classic, nor does it make a whole lot of sense, but it is goofy fun and does no damage to the original.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 8, 2009
Unlike Sargent, who trusted his story to provide the fireworks, Scott resorts to gimmicks: choppy editing, speeded-up footage that segues inexplicably into slo-mo, and pointless explosions of noise. Sometimes, less really is more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
August 4, 2009
All sound and fury, devoid of any relevance or resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 4, 2009
Scott, a sensationalist who cut his teeth in advertising and still looks upon every minute of a feature film as a TV commercial, hits us from the opening shot with speeded-up film, rapid cutting, flash pans, and rap music.
Victor Olliver
Teletext
August 3, 2009
This is a post-9/11 city: terrorism is suspected, the cops are over-armed and trigger happy. Why they don't shoot Ryder when they could is unexplained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
August 1, 2009
Where the movie can't quite deliver is in... some third act choices... that seem to be motivated by the servicing of movie star egos instead of story sense or character reality.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 31, 2009
Scott's style, all staccato edits and blurry panic, pays off in a few minor scenes, though it's a pity a sub-plot traffic accident has more impact than the main event.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
July 31, 2009
'The Taking of Pelham 123' is not a bad film: it's ponderous and shallow, but always watchable. But what it crucially fails to do, especially in the light of its illustrious predecessor, is justify its own existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
Featuring good work from the dependable Denzel, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is hampered by hyper-kinetic visuals from Scott, an over-zealous turn from Travolta and a thoughtless script from Brian Helgeland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Toby Young
Times (UK)
July 31, 2009
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is not a disaster by any means. For most of its running time, it's a slick, well-crafted piece of entertainment. But you can't help wondering just how good it might have been in the hands of a less self-advertising director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 31, 2009
Head-bangingly hyperactive as ever, action maestro Tony Scott appears to have upped his caffeine intake for this unexpectedly entertaining remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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