Taking Lives (2004)



Critic Consensus: A stylish, but predictable thriller where the only thrills are offered by the sensuous Angelina Jolie.

Movie Info

A female detective on the trail of a psychotic killer discovers love in a dangerous time in this thriller, based on the novel by Michael Pye. Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) is a special agent with the FBI who has a reputation for using offbeat methods, but also boasts a strong record as a criminal profiler. Scott is called in by a former Quantico colleague (Tcheky Karyo) to assist two Canadian police detectives, Paquette (Olivier Martinez) and Duval (Jean-Hugues Anglade), who are on the trail of … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jon Bokenkamp, John Bokenkamp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
Box Office: $32.6M
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as Clive Morin

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as postal clerk

as Soulsby, Justin
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Critic Reviews for Taking Lives

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (41)

A couple of genuine thrills but not for kids.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Willfully stupid and obvious for most of its running time, this serial-killer thriller lulls the audience into one gasp-worthy, rug-pulling moment that, while stupid, isn't exactly obvious. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 20, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Could very well be mistaken for an Ashley Judd programmer.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008

A production which would rather scare its audience with gore than reel it in via a gripping whodunit.

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

The film's villain may take fictitious lives, but the film itself takes up real time that could be spent on better things.

November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Taking Lives won't kill you, but it will steal precious hours you'll never have back.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for Taking Lives

A rash of films appeared in the late nineties and early aughts that had beautiful women facing down serial killers. Like Jolie's earlier "The Bone Collector" and the Sandra Bullock's "Murder by Numbers," "Taking Lives" follows a female law enforcement agent getting into the psyche of a killer. The entire film is thoughtless from beginning to end. They don't know the identity of this killer, or even if he actually exists, and yet they find his identity based on a tip from an elderly woman, which seems like an innocuous claim. The action is predictable, the twist isn't presented very well, there's really strange instances of adult content for no reason other than they needed nudity, our main character is completely one dimensional except that she's morbid, the ending is thoughtlessly horrible, and none of this film makes any sense. It's just really horribly done, all around. Nothing makes any sense, whatsoever, which is a serious problem, especially when the entire film revolves around the logic in solving a decade's long set of mysteries. Even as a time waster this is not a good choice, as its endless reign of immaturity will anger anyone who deems to watch it.

Spencer S.

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There are times knowing the schedule is detrimental to watching the movie. The movie sort of ended - they had the bad guy, but there was still 20 minutes left in the time slot! Sure enough the cops had it wrong, and Angelina Jolie had to save the day.

Red Lats

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