Transsiberian Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
November 17, 2008
All in all, the film is an excellent, if modest, alternative for moviegoers who have been blockbustered into submission this summer.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
November 17, 2008
A thriller aboard the Trans-Siberian line, stretching roughly 5,000 miles from Beijing to Moscow, should be a cinch, right? Not so fast, Casey Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 17, 2008
Unfortunately, there's never a moment where you can't see Anderson and his co-writer, Will Conroy, yanking on the strings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 17, 2008
Director Brad Anderson throws in a red herring or two as he comments on Eurotrash and the greed-fueled lawlessness of the former Soviet Union, but he ultimately makes an even stronger statement about the dark side of female empowerment.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
As Alfred Hitchcock demonstrated three times, trains make a nifty setting for a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 29, 2008
Transsiberian is a model of audience manipulation, a slow-fuse thriller that builds its suspense gradually, in increments, until it has becomes close to unbearable. Then it pushes things just a little further, until you're squirming in your seat.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 28, 2008
Writer/director Brad Anderson gives us an artful, shifty-eyed take on human strengths and weakness; his film delivers the pleasure of a conventional tale well told, with clever twists and complex characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 28, 2008
Transsiberian is a paranoid, chilling train trek that borrows freely from the best Hitchcock pictures to give us that rare adult summer thriller -- 'adult' as in not based on a comic book or video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 21, 2008
A morally complex if plot-wobbly thriller set on the Trans-Siberian Express as it rockets (well, creaks and groans) through snowy forests and forgotten towns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2008
Transsiberian starts in neutral, taking the time to introduce its characters, and then goes from second into high like greased lightning. I was a little surprised to notice how thoroughly it wound me up. This is a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2008
A queasy-making train thriller directed with vibrant visual panache by Brad Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 7, 2008
Anderson and his very fine cast keep things chugging along at a breathless pace.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 24, 2008
Has terrific Siberian location work, a carefully constructed atmosphere of creeping dread and an outstanding performance by Emily Mortimer.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 21, 2008
I'm not saying it's that good, but it's a solid if sometimes messy and confusing crime story.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 18, 2008
A handsomely remodeled variation of a cherished genre you might call the mystery-train movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 18, 2008
The cramped, cold setting creates an appropriately ominous atmosphere, and while Mortimer and Harrelson are noticeably mismatched, their journey together is compelling enough to make the ride worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 18, 2008
An atmospheric, Hitchcockian thriller set aboard a famed train route, Brad Anderson's Transsiberian is a genuine sleeper that jump-starts an almost extinct genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 17, 2008
Though Anderson's storytelling gets murky at times, it's still a fine showcase for his versatility, adding to an impressive, under-the-radar résumé.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 15, 2008
A splendid revival off the old Hitchcock train-suspense movie set aboard a most ominous train.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 22, 2008
An engagingly up-to-date melodrama steeped in local color.