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Taken Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile

As Kim, Maggie Grace is a bit old to convincingly portray a boppy underage teenager, although she appears to be giving her best to a one-dimensional role that essentially disappears during the movie's slam-bang midsection.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 29, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Neeson stars in the sort of part Harrison Ford would have gotten ten or fifteen years ago.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

The dialogue is functional at best, Bryan's motives are basic; it's all apt for this bare-knuckle punch of an action movie.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Dave White

It's so awesome to see Liam Neeson taking out the trash in pursuit of his prized child.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 4, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2011
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

In Taken viewers are introduced to a new side of Irish actor Liam Neeson, one that is relentless and likes to hit criminals in the throat -- a lot.

Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2011
Jason Zingale

Though the film takes some time to get going, once Neeson arrives in Paris, the 91-minute runtime flies by like its stuck on fast-forward.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 14, 2010
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Taken is a fast-paced, high-octane action movie that ... doesn't take very many detours into soul-searching melancholy.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2009
Clay Cane

I liked it, but don't expect the unexpected in this French action thriller -- especially in an ending that is about as predictable as a Pine Sol commercial.

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: B

June 10, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

It's got all the attributes of a guilty pleasure - excitement, some undeniably enjoyable scenes and the absence of what it needs to be more memorable and more substantial.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 71/100

June 1, 2009
Kam Williams

This heart-stopping revenge flick written by Luc Besson is easily Liam Neeson's most memorable performance since his Oscar-nominated outing in Schindler's List.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

May 12, 2009
Chris Cabin

The action is engaging but rarely exciting; the drama heftier but still far from convincing.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 11, 2009
Julian Roman

In a lesser actor's hands, the powerful impact of the subject matter would not have been so ably delivered.

Full Review Source: MovieWeb | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2009
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The script is more hard-hitting and realistic than [Besson's] Transporter films, which means youll only laugh out loud two or three times.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2009
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

Taken is the best action thriller of 2009 thus far.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 4/5

March 22, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

This briskly paced movie delivers a full payload of action and leaves you mentally exhausted. You immediately recall the famous line from "The Wizard of Oz" that "There is no place like home."

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 20, 2009
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A morally specious but undeniably efficient brainstem-tickler -- the most effective action/revenge thriller in years.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

March 6, 2009
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Neeson delivers a typically compelling performance in (for him) an atypically muscle-bound role.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2009
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

Fortunately, somewhat-sloppy storytelling never gets in the way of this briskly paced action adventure.

Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick

A bizarre mix of sentimentality and bone-cracking violence, this Hardcore/Not Without My Daughter hybrid pits a determined father against the thuggish Albanian sex traffickers who kidnapped daddy's little girl as she vacationed in Paris.<

Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick

March 1, 2009
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