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Taken 2 Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: D

May 26, 2013
Rebecca Cusey

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

Full Review Source: Patheos

November 8, 2012
Andy Lea
Daily Star

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

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 2/5

October 30, 2012
Ben Kendrick

It's unlikely that moviegoers will be quite as taken by the experience this time.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 5, 2012
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2/5

January 21, 2013
Chris Blohm
Little White Lies

Unnecessary, perfunctory, ramshackle: Taken 2 is all these things and less.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 1/5

October 4, 2012
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

If you love Taken for NOTHING but Neeson's action chops, chances are you'll be adamantly indifferent about Taken 2. For the rest of us, it's the sequel we all saw coming, unfortunately with the outcome we also expected.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4.5/10

October 4, 2012
Jeff Beck

This sequel just comes off as rushed and very lazy in terms of plotting. If [the writers] had taken their time with it, they would have seen that the story is full of holes and that it was lacking the essential elements to engage the audience once more.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

October 8, 2012
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews

Films like this don't need a lot of logic to survive but credibility goes out the window a few minutes after it starts and never returns.

Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 5, 2012

Revenge is a dish best served riotously laughable.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: D

October 4, 2012
Stefan Pape

Most definitely not the great sequel that we were all hoping for. Way too dumbed down to fit in with a rating certificate and very disappointing.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 1/5

September 25, 2012
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know

This felt like watching the US blow the Ryder Cup. Everything that could go wrong did, anytime there was a chance to make a play it failed, and the participants looked like they really didn't give a shit.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 5, 2012
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know

Why are the bad guys going after him at all? They know what he can do. Just avoid him; if you do go after him don't kidnap his family, you just kill them. Morons. Oh, and then Maggie Grace throws grenades off the roof.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 5, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

After seeing Taken 2, you'll feel as if your time and money has been kidnapped, drugged and forced into the sex trade.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 1/5

October 4, 2012
Mark Clark
What Culture

Liam Neeson is back for more Albanian mayhem in a dire and bloodless re-hash.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2012
John Semley
Slant Magazine

Some of the basic pleasures of the original remain intact (nobody shoots up a small room of bearded Eastern European men like Neeson), but ultimately the film feels compromised.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 4, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The fight moves are so brief and contained that Angela Lansbury could manage them without risk of hernia.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 1/5

October 5, 2012

Taken 2, taken to where? Taken to the cleaners? In the original movie, Bryan Mills had 96 hours to save his daughter, in the sequel it seems like they have spent 96 minutes on the script.

Full Review Source: UTV | Original Score: 3/10

October 4, 2012
Matt Looker

When Liam Neeson uses his set of skills to hunt you down, it turns out that what he'll do is nothing compared to the butchering you'll receive in the editing suite afterwards

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

September 21, 2012
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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"Taken 2" is nothing more than a naked cash grab.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 4, 2012
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