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Abduction Reviews

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Liverpool Echo

The film has turbo-charged chases and fight sequences but the script is littered with unintentionally hilarious interludes and some excruciating dialogue.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

September 30, 2011
Grant Rollings
Sun Online

It left me wishing the scriptwriters had been kidnapped and told they would not be released until they came up with more than one original idea.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2011
Tim Martain
The Mercury

Abduction is a brilliant action/thriller spoof that had me laughing from start to finish. Unfortunately, it is supposed to be an action/thriller.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 0/5

September 29, 2011
Catherine Shoard

Sigourney Weaver? After Avatar, surely she doesn't need the cash?

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

A serviceable if familiar premise is executed without thrills and excitement while Lautner doesn't have the necessary edge or charisma to carry the movie.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

When Taylor Lautner is the least of a movie's problems, be afraid.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

September 29, 2011
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Taylor Lautner gets his first solo vehicle - but the wheels come off pretty quickly thanks to a clunky script, cack-handed direction and, sadly, Lautner's inadequacy as an actor.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk | Original Score: 1/5

September 29, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Yet another embarrassing squandering of John Singleton's talent, and proof that Taylor Lautner isn't ready to carry a film on his broad shoulders.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews almost-passable thriller that would've benefited from a much shorter running time...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

September 28, 2011
Ben Lee
Digital Spy

Lautner will likely get more chances to shine, but this is not his finest moment.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

September 28, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Taylor Lautner plays characters with mysterious origins and makes them boring.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 28, 2011
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

[A] sleek-looking but mechanically dodgy vehicle...

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2011
Matthew Turner

The reveal is so mind-numbingly stupid that it stops the film in its tracks and it gets progressively worse from that point onwards.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

September 28, 2011
Ellen E Jones
Total Film

Agent Cody Banks meets post-shark jump 24, with what appears to be an 8-year-old Soviet body builder in the lead role.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 1/5

September 28, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

There's a brief window... during which Abduction is good enough, which is obviously not the same as "good", but any port in a storm.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

September 27, 2011
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2011
Jackie K. Cooper

Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins are not ready for prime time and not ready to carry a movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

September 27, 2011
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 26, 2011
Cole Smithey

Filled with dialogue that hits the floor like syrup on a wet sponge, and chase scenes that barely register a pulse, "Abduction" is a less than disposable action thriller; it's pre-disposable.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

September 25, 2011
Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
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A blockhead espionage thriller from director-for-hire John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood).

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 25, 2011
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