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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
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

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 Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 30, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2009
James Berardinelli
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The film is never boring. It is, however, completely preposterous.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 30, 2009
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

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 Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 30, 2009
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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[A] dumped-in-January film that's better than it needs to be but, alas, still isn't good enough.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 29, 2009
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.

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

February 7, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 30, 2009
Linda Winer
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Neeson's character calls himself a "preventer," because he keeps bad things from happening. Not this time.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 29, 2009
Chris Barsanti

Mill's towering righteousness is just too much for this weak little film, whose only interest is in affirming the white patriarchal prerogative.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

February 6, 2009
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

This silly hokum is so full of plot holes that it truly lives up to its title.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

February 10, 2009
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 42/100

February 2, 2009
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

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 Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 2/5

February 1, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Neeson's better than this.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 30, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Taken starts in low gear and almost immediately stalls out.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 30, 2009
Rebecca Murray

Liam Neeson makes Jack Bauer look like a wimp in Taken, a ridiculously silly action drama directed by Pierre Morel (District B13).

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: C-

January 30, 2009
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

February 5, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Next out of the January dreg-u-lator: A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it Paycheck.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: .5/4

January 30, 2009

Irish Times

October 18, 2008
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