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Abduction (2011)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 98

A soulless and incompetent action/thriller not even a veteran lead actor could save, let alone Taylor Lautner.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 20

A soulless and incompetent action/thriller not even a veteran lead actor could save, let alone Taylor Lautner.



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For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he's living someone else's life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan's darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Just as he begins to piece together his true identity, Nathan is targeted by

Jan 17, 2012


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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (98) | DVD (2)

While the ultra-banal dialogue draws the occasional titter, the action scenes are tame and it's rife with plot holes that you could navigate a burning blimp through.

September 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie is a more objective opportunity to assess Lautner's potential as a general-purpose action hero once his emo-goth run wraps. You might not want to go betting on that one.

September 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (4)
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A blockhead espionage thriller from director-for-hire John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood).

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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Perhaps the only way to approach Abduction that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (6)
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Singleton once radiated ambition and vision. These days, he seems to be aiming for mediocrity at best. Even by those extraordinarily lenient standards, the inessential, perfunctory Abduction falls short.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Sadly, it's impossible to fake the faintest enthusiasm for this picture, which is a fourth-rate Hollywood thriller that bungles a lot of thievery from better movies.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source:
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By the end of "Abduction," it's even becoming difficult for supporting actors like Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina to keep from laughing at the lunacy unfolding.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Never goes far wrong as long as Taylor Lautner's in motion

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Lautner fans will enjoy five separate occasions where the star takes off his shirt but, for fans of worthwhile trips to the theater, Abduction is hard to recommend.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Card-carrying members of Team Jacob may approve, but Abduction won't help turn Lautner into the action star he clearly aspires to be.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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In the end, we're left with a semi-interesting story that was poorly executed and poorly thought out with a bad lead performance that merely exemplifies the weaknesses of the script.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

The jury's still out on Lautner's leading man future.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source:

Even subtracting Taylor Lautner's mechanical performance, Abduction is an illogical train wreck riddled with messy direction, bad editing, tired action and plot holes galore.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Lautner is a distracting screen presence; he's like a living Mort Drucker caricature or a 'motion capture' animated avatar of himself. Even so, he deserves better than this.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Boring fugitive action-flick meets insipid teen romance. Well before the movie shows any hint of ending, you'll hope for a quick abduction, by any means, from the cineplex.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The holes in the film's twist-filled story are often so big you could almost squeeze Lautner's sex appeal through them.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

At not a single point in this movie is anyone abducted.

October 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comments (6)
Fan The Fire

This uneven thriller alternates between fast-paced action and confusing plot situations, but Taylor Lautner takes his shirt off again to please his fans.

October 15, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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... more twists and holes than a bad mountain road ...

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The dude is so wooden it's like watching Pinocchio with abs.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

Lautner makes a laughable attempt to become an abdominal-flaunting action star in this abominably directed spy drama.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

For an entertainment centering on teenagers the violence is, I think, excessive.

October 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

You look at the screen mainly because it beats staring at the auditorium walls.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The film's Pittsburgh location is used to nice effect but little else about the movie rings true.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Some movies are hard to spoof.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

As a stupidly-entertaining, implausible and downright far-fetched action flick, this no-brainer does the job better than the recent 30 Minutes Or Less.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Comments (7)
Birmingham Mail

Audience Reviews for Abduction

May not be the stupidest movie I ever saw, but got to be coming close. No wonder Taylor does not seem to get decent roles! (By the way, I am not a fan, but he is not *that* bad as an actor). This is just a crappy movie with a silly plot.
April 3, 2014

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A dumb thriller with a foolish script. Taylor Lautner has one expression, dazed confusion, no matter what kind of danger he's in so involvement in his plight is minimal. Lily Collins is not much better. Quality actors Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, and Sigourney Weaver are wasted in nothing parts and Alfred Molina seems as bored as you will be.
December 13, 2012
jay nixon

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Some interesting, Hitchcockian twists and turns but overall the acting and less than perfect action sequences make it difficult to watch.
November 29, 2012

Super Reviewer

A very average action/thriller, more of a teenage Bourne identity. It obviously had plenty of money to be spent on it, but from the very experienced cast none of the performances were that good. It does feel like a collection of ideas from other films, but sadly doesn't do them as well. Ok if nothing else is on.
June 23, 2012

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    1. Nathan: Trust needs to be earned.
    – Submitted by Katherine T (2 years ago)
    1. Nathan: They killed my parents!
    2. Agent Frank Burton: They weren't your real parents.
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (2 years ago)
    1. Kozlow: I can guarantee this: if you don't surrender that list, I will killing every friend you have, Zake, Keelie, neighbors, even your boring teachers, and when i'm finished you will be responsible for the death of every friend you have on facebook.
    – Submitted by Sophi L (2 years ago)
    1. Nathan: What's my real name?
    – Submitted by Matt D (2 years ago)
    1. Kozlow: There's a bomb in the oven.
    – Submitted by Margot L (2 years ago)
    1. Nathan: Not if I find you first!
    – Submitted by Ben C (3 years ago)
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