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Contraband Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 13, 2012
The result is unlikely to linger long in the memory, but it's enormous fun while it lasts...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 24, 2012
A winter-season product, but perfectly absorbing once it gets going.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 13, 2012
It's a good, chugging caper movie for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 13, 2012
Wahlberg could sleepwalk through this role, and does. See this movie and you'll surely follow his lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 13, 2012
"Contraband" comes off the factory floor with its engine running and ready to drive. But the ride feels overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 13, 2012
Frankly, Wahlberg has outgrown movies like this. And so have we.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 13, 2012
Everyone needs a little action now and then, right? Unfortunately, a little action is all you'll get.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2012
Though it never quite has us by the lapels, the film is a solid, workmanlike action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2012
This very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 13, 2012
"Contraband" is like an "Ocean's Eleven" movie, minus the glamour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 13, 2012
"Contraband" aims to be dumb fun but gets only the first half right.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 12, 2012
In order to pay it forward, Wahlberg needs to direct it somewhere else, and on and on, until every country has a version of this thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 12, 2012
Contraband has a few moments of tension, but it adheres to a predictable heist formula hardly worth trafficking in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 12, 2012
If you enjoy watching Mark Wahlberg do that action-movie thing he does, you could do worse than to spend your next plane ride watching Contraband.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 12, 2012
Whether he's slowing down time or ignoring its rules altogether, Mr. Kormakur's eccentric pacing brings its own dividends, as does what really gets him going in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 12, 2012
It's a so-so heist actioner with some serviceable thrills and better-than-average stunt work that hangs on a formula plot punctuated with fits of disturbing violence aimed at women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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January 12, 2012
Contraband is a film to be remembered, vaguely.
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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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 12, 2012
This is an uncommonly well-crafted action adventure, or an action misadventure, given how much goes wrong for the resourceful hero.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 12, 2012
It's like an exciting police procedural turned on its head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 12, 2012
With his Popeye biceps and broody stares, [Wahlberg] can do a character like Chris without even thinking about it - and that's what he does here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 12, 2012
Kormákur and his collaborators want to tell a simple story cleanly, efficiently, and with a refreshing dearth of frills. They more or less realize their aspirations because they aim so low.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 12, 2012
There's a frothy, almost whimsical undercurrent quietly bubbling beneath the dead-serious story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
January 12, 2012
Contraband's sense of humor is charmingly macho, real meat and potatoes stuff. Literally.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 12, 2012
This is a first-rate action film with a great cast, a talented director and a strong script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2012
As mindless action capers go, "Contraband" is a little less mindless than some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 12, 2012
I don't know that a lot of "Contraband'' makes sense. But I'm not sure that it has to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 12, 2012
It's exactly the sort of movie that Hollywood specializes in, the kind which seems on paper as if it ought to be entertaining, but winds up a massive and chaotic drag.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 12, 2012
Wahlberg has the presence, the glower and the laconic line readings to guide us through a mess of pain, painlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
January 12, 2012
It's a thriller distinctly lacking in thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 11, 2012
A solid genre picture that knows exactly what it is, has no delusions of grandeur and carries out its task in entertaining and occasionally even suspenseful fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 11, 2012
Reasonably swift and effective.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 11, 2012
The gritty style only accentuates the increasingly far-fetched dramatics in Contraband, an involving, atmospherically grungy mid-register thriller.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 11, 2012
Contraband, while often grungy and far-fetched, does keep you watching. And in January, that's recommendation enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 10, 2012
Will there someday be a movie where the "one last job" goes off without a hitch?