Taken Reviews

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Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Neeson stars in the sort of part Harrison Ford would have gotten ten or fifteen years ago.
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It's so awesome to see Liam Neeson taking out the trash in pursuit of his prized child.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
February 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Zingale
October 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Taken is a fast-paced, high-octane action movie that ... doesn't take very many detours into soul-searching melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clay Cane
June 10, 2009
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 | Original Score: B
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 71/100
Kam Williams
May 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Julian Roman
April 2, 2009
In a lesser actor's hands, the powerful impact of the subject matter would not have been so ably delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
March 22, 2009
Taken is the best action thriller of 2009 thus far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
March 20, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 6, 2009
A morally specious but undeniably efficient brainstem-tickler -- the most effective action/revenge thriller in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 3, 2009
Neeson delivers a typically compelling performance in (for him) an atypically muscle-bound role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
March 1, 2009
Fortunately, somewhat-sloppy storytelling never gets in the way of this briskly paced action adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diana Saenger
February 27, 2009
This is a Neeson driven story and he doesn't disappoint for anyone who likes him or a good adventure/thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
February 19, 2009
Neeson is a major reason Taken, a riveting, revenge thriller gets praiseworthy marks.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brian Holcomb
February 19, 2009
This is not a movie about moral dilemmas-it's about a father who will rip out your eyeballs if you don't give him his daughter back.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
February 17, 2009
Single-minded and suitably rough around the edges.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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