Taking Lives Reviews

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James Berardinelli
March 16, 2004
Voids a lot of good will with a cheesy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 19, 2004
Jolie needs a role with teeth, not one that merely exploits her bee-stung lips.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
A couple of genuine thrills but not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 22, 2004
The best bet might have been to ditch the tedious police procedural and just let the flick turn into the shamelessly jumpy creep fest it was born to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
March 18, 2004
Serial thriller starts with a bang, ends with a whimper, and never really moves beyond following its forebears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 16, 2004
First-rate production values and Angelina Jolie cannot overcome threadbare material.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 18, 2004
Director D.J. Caruso gives the movie some life, particularly in a stylishly energetic footrace, but there's not much he can do with this dopey script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Todd Gilchrist
March 18, 2004
Sadly, nothing in this thriller comes close to the intensity of last year's media coverage of star Ethan Hawke's alleged infidelities on location in Montreal.
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
March 19, 2004
If the producers really wanted to capitalize on Jolie's freakazoid factor, why didn't they have her use those gi-normous lips as antennae?
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Taking Lives won't kill you, but it will steal precious hours you'll never have back.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
March 21, 2004
It all culminates in a final showdown so ludicrous that if I explained it to you in detail, you would laugh and call me a liar.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2004
It's slick nonsense at best and for the first hour it's watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kit Bowen
March 19, 2004
Unfortunately, Taking Lives doesn't add any brilliance to the exhausted spot-the-serial-killer psychological thriller, but get props for a clever ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Tyler
March 15, 2004
If Taking Lives is the best script Angelina Jolie can find, then she might as well strap back on Lara Croft's guns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 26, 2004
Taking Lives is the eleventh Angelina Jolie film I've seen and the eleventh one to fail on some level or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
March 18, 2004
The story is, as you can tell, preposterous from the get-go...
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
September 23, 2004
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 19, 2004
As Angelina Jolie gets better as an actress, her films get worse. It's not supposed to work that way.
| Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
March 25, 2004
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
David Germain
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2004
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 24, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 21, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 21, 2004

April 17, 2004
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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