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Taking Lives (2004)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 122

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


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 29

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



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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense


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Aug 17, 2004


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If you can buy the pillow-lipped Angelina Jolie as a psychic FBI agent in Montreal to hunt a serial killer, then you can swallow the other implausibilities in this retread thriller.

March 25, 2004
Rolling Stone
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Jolie is far too good for this tripe but she does give the film its only believable moments, and for the first half, her concentration makes you watch her intently.

March 21, 2004 Full Review Source:
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Nosedive it does, abandoning all pretense of style and eccentricity for at-times laughable predictability.

March 19, 2004
Washington Post
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Would have to work nights to reach mediocrity.

March 19, 2004
Washington Post
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While not breaking any new ground, director D.J. Caruso's movie also doesn't disappoint.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Caruso is a much more resourceful director than this material deserves, but I resented being two steps ahead of the genius profiler and the genius serial-killer.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Slate
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A couple of genuine thrills but not for kids.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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]

May 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Could very well be mistaken for an Ashley Judd programmer.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source:

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

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
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.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

poor excuse for audience to waste time on a thriller whose makers have problems with understanding the meaning of the word "thrill".

March 2, 2005 Full Review

Amir Mokri's purposely frantic (ie: jerky) camera work during action scenes irritates, but still 'Taking Lives' is a marginally diverting thriller.

October 14, 2004 Full Review
Kansas City Kansan

When, at length, the promised climax does arrive, it will leave you gasping in astonishment, provided that you have never been to the movies before.

September 23, 2004

It both startles and sedates.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Take away a couple of good moments at the beginning and the end, and you have a standard TV crime drama.

August 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Caruso sets up an initially intriguing premise, however gruesome, that unfortunately devolves into a welter of aimlessness, too many red herrings and B-movie hammy performances.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Angelina Jolie did a good job but I still can't get past her "plastic fantastic" look.

June 11, 2004 Full Review
Broomfield Enterprise

The best Ashley Judd movie Judd has never made... a labyrinthine serial killer thriller that won't win admirers for its intellect, but does have sustenance of mood in spades.

May 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Taking Lives is bad, Ashley Judd bad, so bad it's mostly an unwatchable mess but also so bad it's almost good.

April 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Movieline

Dig deeper than the classy looks and the shovelful of psychological topsoil ... and there's nothing here that hasn't been done before -- and done better.

April 20, 2004 Full Review Source:

With its French Canadian setting and strong (rather, strong-looking) cast, Taking Lives is elevated above its genre cliches.

April 16, 2004

There's a certain type of detective you only find in the movies. The sort who solves murders by lying in a victim's grave.

April 9, 2004

All together now: bo-ring.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Abusa de absurdos e coincidências a fim de prender a atenção da platéia, sem perceber que, no processo, está fazendo algo muito pior: insultando nossa inteligência.

April 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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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.
October 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

Angelina Jolie strips for like no reason. horrible movie.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

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A decent enough thriller if nothing new, or groundbreaking. Doesn't deserve the slating it has got from some though?? I enjoy thrillers and the tracking of a serial killer type. It has a few jumpy moments, although the plot is a bit predictable. Still enjoyable to watch.
June 11, 2011

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