Contraband Reviews

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Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered
September 17, 2012
Contraband is a decent action film but none of the cast can do anything to elevate the material beyond what it is: a January movie from top to bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
Plays like conventional Hollywood genre entertainment even though all the actual events in movie feel like they belong in a Michael Mann joint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
The film puts the word 'con' in Contraband because its primary goal is to rob you of your money. If you plan on seeing it, please locate your nearest emergency exits before the lights go down.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
January 12, 2012
It's a thriller distinctly lacking in thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
January 13, 2012
The biggest problem with the new Mark Wahlberg movie Contraband is that it can't decide if it wants to be a gritty crime drama, a rowdy action movie or a light-hearted heist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
January 13, 2012
Contraband's not a bad movie. It's not a particularly good movie, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
December 30, 2012
We are left to ponder why Andy is any less culpable or any more worth saving than anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 12, 2012
Several graphically violent scenes of women and children in jeopardy make this, ultimately, beneath contempt.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 19, 2012
Sound familiar? Of course it does, and not just because it's a remake of the 2008 film Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 26, 2012
It meanders along with poor developed characters and culminates with a weak finale that tries too hard to please.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
January 13, 2012
There's hardly a single original idea in the movie, which is pretty ironic considering the film itself is about counterfeiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 11, 2012
Wahlberg sleepwalks through yet another blue-collar tough-guy role, and Beckinsale, who's kicked plenty of ass on her own, is wasted as the helpless damsel in distress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 12, 2012
"Contraband" involves a lot of energy, but I'm getting tired of violent retreads of these heist elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 12, 2012
Contraband is the kind of thriller that offers just enough in the way of effective elements to assemble a two-minute trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
January 12, 2012
Oh, not another one last job movie!
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
January 12, 2012
And then there's the predictability of the "surprise" villain; I won't spoil it here, but if you don't guess who it is well before the reveal, then I sincerely hope you enjoyed seeing your very first movie.
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
March 15, 2012
Needlessly convoluted subplots and crummy supporting characters suffocate the Farraday dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
January 12, 2012
A convoluted plot and the wasting of some decent actors, including an out-of-place Kate Beckinsale, makes "Contraband" just so much lost cargo. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 13, 2012
Not brilliant, but certainly entertaining. Wahlberg plays his go-to blue-collar good guy with a continued ease, even while being upstaged by Ribisi's and Foster's off-kilter wackadoos.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
January 13, 2012
A perfect fit for release during the first month of a new year when expectations are low. Guzikowski in his filmmaking debut appears to have thrown all the contrived relationships and unlikely coincidences from the original film into a blender. The...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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