The Numbers Station Reviews

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Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
April 21, 2013
Sits awkwardly between shoot 'em up and psychological thriller without offering the excitement of either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
April 25, 2013
Cusack and Akerman scramble down a series of dimly lit, identical-looking passageways. The setting is as ill-defined as the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
April 24, 2013
Cusack looks visibly bored. If someone had a camera on you while you were watching it, you would look the same way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5.0
Christopher Null
Film Racket
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 24, 2013
'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 | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
June 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 25, 2013
This dreary spy drama is as flat and airless as the concrete bunker in which it unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2013
A predictable hodgepodge of uninteresting psychological cat-and-mouse, dimly lighted action filmed by director Kasper Barfoed in standard-operating shaky-cam ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
A potentially intriguing idea is thrown out the window in this predictable low-budget thriller.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 25, 2013
It's little wonder the movie spends so much time running in circles when we see where it ultimately goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2013
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.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 25, 2013
The Numbers Station is watchable for the things it gets right, yet it is impossible not to think that a lot of pieces to this puzzle are missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 25, 2013
Claustrophobic and repetitive...a numbingly tedious would-be thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
April 26, 2013
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.
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
April 25, 2013
The Numbers Station is a lean, tactile thriller that grabs you from the opening and keeps you aptly entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
September 18, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
John Hazelton
Screen International
May 2, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 30, 2013
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