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The Numbers Station (2013)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

29%
Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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After his latest mission goes disastrously wrong, veteran CIA black ops agent Emerson Kent (John Cusack, 2012) is given one last chance to prove he still has what it takes to do his job. His new assignment: guarding Katherine (Malin Akerman, Watchmen), a code operator at a top-secret remote CIA "Numbers Station" where encrypted messages are sent and received. When an elite team of heavily armed assailants lays siege to the station, Emerson and Katherine suddenly find themselves in a … More

Rating:
R (for violence and language)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
May 28, 2013
Runtime:
Image Entertainment - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Numbers Station

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (17)

John Cusack replays his role as a lethal operative with occupational angst for a routine thriller with a female cryptographer at secret CIA site. Dire workplace issues ensue.

Full Review… | May 11, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A predictable hodgepodge of uninteresting psychological cat-and-mouse, dimly lighted action filmed by director Kasper Barfoed in standard-operating shaky-cam ...

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

With Cusack's help, Barfoed holds your interest without resorting to car chases, a rarity in a contemporary thriller.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

This dreary spy drama is as flat and airless as the concrete bunker in which it unfolds.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Akerman does work hard to keep up the energy level. Cusack, though, seems bored by the superficial proceedings, which don't even offer the distraction of a real romantic connection or a suspenseful confrontation.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Cusack and Akerman scramble down a series of dimly lit, identical-looking passageways. The setting is as ill-defined as the characters.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Danish director Kasper Barfoed, who makes his English-language debut here, makes fine use of the movie's tight constraints, painting it in concrete hallways, electrical panels, and glowing computer screens.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014
Common Sense Media

The claustrophobic location gives the film a clammy suspense, though it's so dimly lit that it's sometimes hard to work out who is shooting at whom.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013
Movie Talk

A potentially intriguing idea is thrown out the window in this predictable low-budget thriller.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

There's an interesting, timely idea in this espionage thriller, as well as adept leading actors who are able to make the most of the script's dry wit.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Contactmusic.com

The Numbers Station is a cheap and predictable thriller that works only because of its two leading cast members: John Cusack and Malin Akerman.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

'The Numbers Station' is a competent film and it does manage to create some tension. But you're conscious of the fact that it all feels familiar and wondering why there isn't a little more to it.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Movie Metropolis

John Cusack is back in a ferocious spy role updated to the information universe. Look out.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Monsters and Critics

John Cusack's usual clipped way of talking serves him well in the role of a disillusioned black ops agent. He's also convincing in the film's gunplay sequences and in his guarded interaction with others.

Full Review… | April 27, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Cusack's glum visage immediately lays a wet blanket over Danish director Kasper Barfoed's English-language debut and keeps it firmly in place until the final fade-out.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Television Without Pity

It's little wonder the movie spends so much time running in circles when we see where it ultimately goes.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
Mark Reviews Movies

The Numbers Station is a lean, tactile thriller that grabs you from the opening and keeps you aptly entertained.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
MovieWeb

Assembled from competent elements and featuring more dedicated performances than one might expect, The Numbers Station is still a tad too nondescript to leave much of an impact.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
We Got This Covered

If you're looking for a dynamic, politically-tinged thriller, you could do a lot better, but you could also do a lot worse.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
Film Racket

Claustrophobic and repetitive...a numbingly tedious would-be thriller.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
One Guy's Opinion

Strictly for fans of the stars and perhaps those with an insatiable curiosity about career low points, the feature is certainly digestible, but rarely memorable.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Numbers Station

½

An intelligent, fresh and high-octane edge of your seat thriller that's laced with explosive action and character development. A sharp and well-crafted movie with gripping performances. John Cusack and Malin Akerman are right on the money, have have engaging chemistry and give strong and rather soulful performances. Cusack hits all the right notes and shines. Akerman is charismatic and gives plenty of heart to her role. Liam Cunningham is terrific. Director, Kasper Barfoed keeps the films pace moving good and it keeps your attention firmly on the main characters in isolated locations to give a more claustrophobic feel. An explosively entertaining action-packed thrill-ride

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Al S

Super Reviewer

It wasn't great nor awful. It fell somewhere in between. I am usually biased when it comes to John Cusack films. I am and have been a huge fan of his for forever. In my opinion he never turns out a bad performance. He just has the misfortune of being in bad films.
The movie reminded me a bit of Wanted. Not nearly as good though, but still worth seeing if you get a chance.

LWOODS04
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Super Reviewer

½

The code has never been compromised. Until now..

Mediocre movie! This movie is like those novels from authors you've never heard about sold at petrol stations and supermarkets, the kind of fiction that exists purely to shift a small portion of units to generate some kind of income. A potboiler, really. Just a way to keep food on the table for the screenwriter and add to the revenue streams of the film company, in some small way. There is precisely nothing exciting, interesting or original about this movie. It's just a copy-paste straight to DVD thriller flick about spies and stuff. Hire the cameramen, find some location to shoot it, get the actors there on time, let's get this crap over and done with and move on with our lives. That's all I got from the Numbers Station. Nothing but a money grab. This is why piracy exists, because film companies are so utterly uncompetitive.

When the moral values of a longtime wetwork black ops agent is tested during his last operation, he receives an unfavorable psych evaluation. Now he is given a break and a seemingly uncomplicated assignment of simply protecting the security of a young female code announcer, code resources and remote station they are assigned to. After an ambush and one phone call later, it becomes a complicated fight for their survival.

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Manu Gino

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