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Taken 2 (2012)

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21

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 128

Taken 2 is largely bereft of the kinetic thrills -- and surprises -- that made the original a hit.

24

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 26

Taken 2 is largely bereft of the kinetic thrills -- and surprises -- that made the original a hit.

audience

53

liked it
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 209,951

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Movie Info

Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a "particular set of skills" who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one. -- (C) Official Site

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense

Jan 15, 2013

$139.9M

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January 29, 2014:
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All Critics (162) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (128) | DVD (1)

A sloppy, lazy, unintentionally laughable sequel.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comment (1)
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A meta-American movie, a Godardian spoof of the whole genre, an attempt to see how stupid and insulting a motion picture can be and still be a big hit.

October 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (35)
Salon.com
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Taken 2 is more of the same, except a little bigger, a little dumber, and a little less invigorating.

October 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (6)
ReelViews
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So lazily put together that it relies on flashbacks from its predecessor for the majority of its character development.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (3)
Slate
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Neeson, despite having turned 60 in June, looks spritely enough in the role, and more than capable of another go-round should Taken 2 match its predecessor's success.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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As much as this picture is action driven, its greatest delights are grounded in personality, in the fun of having a protagonist who combines homespun values with velociraptor functionality.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The follow-up has less action, less energy, less Liam Neeson awesomeness - in other words less of everything that people liked about the first one.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

I surrender! I simply cannot absorb another fist, bullet or knife thrust into my atrophying brain by a hyperventilating Liam Neeson in the name of his stupid, twitty movie daughter, Kim.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

"Taken 2" is really, really goofy -- it's even goofier because it thinks it's about the futility of vengeance -- but Liam Neeson almost makes you buy it.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Taken 2 is content to play out as a familiar and lesser version of its predecessor.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Good action. Neeson rocks as the death-dealing American ex-spy. What else do you need? Maybe "Taken 3″ isn't such a bad idea.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Taken 2 is a pointless sequel that tries to capitalize on everything that worked in the first film, without actually including any of it.

January 21, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This is a halfway decent action film, but I do hope if they make another sequel of this, they make a better one.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

More is definitely less in this sequel.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Yeah, 'Taken 2' is pretty much the same movie that 'Taken' was. Like its predecessor, it's preposterous and over-the-top. And, boy, is this actioner ever just plain fun.

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If there were any justice in the world, this would be the movie inspiring mass riots. It's that bad.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Patheos
Patheos

On the evidence of this cheesy sequel, Neeson is in danger of becoming the new Steven Seagal.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Despite some pretty silly plot holes, this is a relatively entertaining hour and a half.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Comment (1)
Tolucan Times

If you lie with dogs, you get fleas; if you go to Europe with Liam Neeson, you get kidnapped.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

... less credible, less suspenseful and less satisfying than it was before.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Unfortunately -- and somewhat embarrassingly for the human race -- there appears to be a sizable market for movies as blitheringly idiotic as this.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Like American filmmakers, it seems the French don't know when to quit, either.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

There's an endless car chase that somehow manages to run 100 minutes in a 90-minute movie. Unless my math is way off, in which case it just felt that way.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Hard-luck bodyguard Liam Neeson is back in action, this time tracking down his abducted wife in Istanbul in an efficient sequel to the hit Taken.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Still delivers what the fans want to see: Liam Neeson being a total badass.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Comment (1)
Flicks.co.nz

Audience Reviews for Taken 2

A decent though completely ridiculous sequel concerning a retired CIA agent (Liam Neeson) and how he and his wife are taken hostage by the father of the men he killed when rescuing his daughter from sex slave traders in France. Neeson, as always, is fantastic to watch and completely likable, and even though the story takes some ridiculous liberties, this is an action movie at the end of the day. It does not pretend to break the mold, rather to offer a competent sequel to fans that enjoyed the first movie so much. It does not quite reach that status, there are some points when this movie is completely laughable, but it is still largely entertaining and enjoyable.
March 29, 2014
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Okay, not as good as the first, but still entertaining. Plot is simple enough...technically the same story. Enough, though. Hopefully, they won't attempt a 3rd.
September 15, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

The film is sloppy, lazy, and has horrible acting. I did not enjoy it nearly as much as the first one.
August 10, 2013
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

For a sequel, it was pretty good. But at times a little too hard to believe.
August 8, 2013
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

    1. Bryan Mills: My turn.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (21 months ago)
    1. Bryan Mills: If I kill you, your other sons will come and seek revenge?
    2. Murad: They will...
    3. Bryan Mills: And I will kill them too.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (21 months ago)
    1. Bryan Mills: Listen to me carefully, Kim. Your mother; is going to be taken. And people are gonna come for you to.
    2. Kim Mills: What are you gonna do?
    3. Bryan Mills: What I do best.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (21 months ago)
    1. Bryan Mills: Well you succeeded.
    – Submitted by DAVID A (23 months ago)
    1. Lenore: You're not the only one with the moves around here.
    2. Bryan Mills: Apparently so.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (23 months ago)
    1. Kim: Hey Dad, please don't shoot this one - I love him!
    – Submitted by Augusta M (23 months ago)
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