Taken 2 Reviews

Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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October 14, 2012

A sloppy, lazy, unintentionally laughable sequel.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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October 7, 2012

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.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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October 7, 2012

Taken 2 is more of the same, except a little bigger, a little dumber, and a little less invigorating.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dana Stevens
Slate
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October 5, 2012

So lazily put together that it relies on flashbacks from its predecessor for the majority of its character development.

Charles Gant
Variety
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October 5, 2012

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.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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October 5, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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October 5, 2012

Neeson is once again the stalwart center of this giddy, entirely improbable and improbably enjoyable escapade.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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October 5, 2012

A sequel every bit as clumsy, ham-handed, outlandish and laughable as the original was sleek, tough and efficient.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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October 5, 2012

There doesn't seem to be a whole lot at stake in a movie where you can crash your way through the armed barricades at the American embassy with a stolen taxicab and survive without a scratch.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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October 5, 2012

The one thing that comes across is Neeson's character really likes fighting Albanians.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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October 5, 2012

"Taken 2" is nearly all nonsense, with villains so inept and slow-moving that there's little satisfaction in watching Mills take them out.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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October 5, 2012

Just a mediocre action franchise with a solid actor at the head and a travelogue in its heart.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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October 4, 2012

The first thing to be kidnapped is logic, as the action moves to Istanbul from Paris and Liam Neeson ridiculously reprises his role of avenging ex-CIA dad Bryan Mills.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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October 4, 2012

As they might say in the advertising department, it's an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. But it could have been much more.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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October 4, 2012

[Neeson's] acting makes him seem human and even vulnerable, someone we can't help but worry over even though it's those feckless Albanians we should be nervous about.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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October 4, 2012

Seems like a nonstop car and foot chase, with Albanian after Albanian falling victim to Bryan's remarkable aim and hand-fighting skills.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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October 4, 2012

Rigorously formulaic and far-fetched ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephanie Zacharek
NPR
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October 4, 2012

Taken 2 must not be taken 2 seriously, although at the very least Megaton could have found better ways to use all those glorious, antique-looking Istanbul backdrops.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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October 4, 2012

Why an actor of Neeson's ability would play this character once, let alone twice, is a mystery for the ages.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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October 4, 2012

If a viewer enjoyed the exotic locale and fast-paced action in the original film, here they get a different city and even more amped-up happenings, with a plot that intrigues enough to reel a viewer in.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
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October 4, 2012

It's the same movie, second verse, but unfortunately with far less suspense this time around.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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October 4, 2012

Taken 2 is a rehash of the original. Fortunately, they're leftovers from a fine first course.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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October 4, 2012

It's a stupid movie by smart people who aren't smart enough to realize it's stupid.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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October 4, 2012

Taken 2 ... has the requisite abductions, speeding cars and Americans in danger on foreign soil, but the only ones truly taken for a ride here are those of us in the audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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October 4, 2012

This film, lazy and mismanaged as it is, just feels like the only thing that's going to get taken unjustly is your money.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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October 4, 2012

"Taken 2" is so much lousier than need be, and its action sequences look as if they were put together by someone who doesn't know what he's doing.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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October 4, 2012

An arcade game provides pretty much the same "entertainment" and it's a lot easier on the wallet. And kinder, maybe, to your memories of Liam Neeson.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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October 4, 2012

"Taken 2" is nothing more than a naked cash grab.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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October 4, 2012

Neeson's Jason Statham-ization continues apace, but it's looking less and less like a welcome development.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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October 4, 2012

The cast is uniformly capable and dead serious, and if you're buying what Luc Besson is selling, he's not short-changing you.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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October 3, 2012

Less a movie than it is a cinematic waterboarding.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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October 3, 2012

Any breathing room from the hurtling narrative illogic only allows the audience opportunity to notice slips in Mills's father-knows-best infallibility.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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September 25, 2012

A cynical, contemptuous film whose sole reason for existing appears to be to squeeze the pockets of anyone who enjoyed the first movie. Don't give it the satisfaction.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bernard Besserglik
Hollywood Reporter
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September 7, 2012

Moviegoers who liked Taken and want more of the same will get precisely that.