Taken Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
January 30, 2009
Women, sit back and accept your victimhood as men abduct you, sell you, and save you amid mindless violence that somehow got a PG-13 rating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2009
The movie proves two things. (1) Liam Neeson can bring undeserved credibility to most roles just by playing them, and (2) Luc Besson, the co-writer, whose actioner-assembly line produced this film, turns out high-quality trash, and sometimes much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 28, 2009
The film is never boring. It is, however, completely preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 30, 2009
Taken is an exploitation thriller, the sort of studio pic that seizes the worst the world has to offer (the sex-slave outrages that The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof exposed so brilliantly) to bolster its rote rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
February 3, 2009
As a righteous stand against the low-level terrorists who peddle flesh in the back alleys of Europe, the movie is a lurid sham, as slick and soulless as the myriad thugs Neeson dispatches with implausible ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 30, 2009
If it's unrepentant violence you're after, you're better off renting [director] Morel's 2004 collaboration syndicate with Besson, District B13.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
January 29, 2009
[A] dumped-in-January film that's better than it needs to be but, alas, still isn't good enough.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 7, 2009
You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 30, 2009
I'm not sure if the title Taken refers to the kidnapping at the center of the film or the hoodwinked feeling audiences will have when it's finished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Winer
Newsday
January 29, 2009
Neeson's character calls himself a "preventer," because he keeps bad things from happening. Not this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
February 6, 2009
Mill's towering righteousness is just too much for this weak little film, whose only interest is in affirming the white patriarchal prerogative.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
February 10, 2009
This silly hokum is so full of plot holes that it truly lives up to its title.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
February 2, 2009
The fights are occasionally very cool, but it's far easier to find another decent action movie to watch than it is to sit through one couched in such lazy, bigoted storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
February 1, 2009
You've already seen the best lines and the best scenes of Taken in the TV and theater commercials...If you take the bait be prepared to check your brain at the door.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 30, 2009
Neeson's better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 30, 2009
Taken starts in low gear and almost immediately stalls out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
January 30, 2009
Liam Neeson makes Jack Bauer look like a wimp in Taken, a ridiculously silly action drama directed by Pierre Morel (District B13).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 5, 2009
The usual vengeance-hunter plot, acting's sandblasted by action, and the movie rips through Paris like a One-Man Army American on a single-minded mission.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 30, 2009
Next out of the January dreg-u-lator: A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it Paycheck.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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