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Unknown Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Time Out
April 12, 2007
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
December 15, 2006
There's a good little thriller lurking somewhere in the depths of "Unknown," but it never quite rises to the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 15, 2006
You wish some of the plot holes had been spackled better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 14, 2006
A nifty little psychological crime thriller that suggests a Treasure of the Sierra Madre for the postindustrial age.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
December 8, 2006
It's a good gimmick, but still a gimmick, and we're left with more confusion than tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 30, 2006
Unknown is far from a perfect movie, but it's more amusing than many better-made ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 18, 2006
Unknown is far from unwatchable, just undistinguished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
November 10, 2006
Gritty, gimmicky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 10, 2006
Unknown comes across more like an amateur stage play, mechanically working through the obligatory three acts toward the obligatory twist ending.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2006
The movie's disinterest in character might be forgivable were its plot not riddled with holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
November 9, 2006
You can't fault the cast on this one, but you can fault the way the big-name actors have been distributed.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 9, 2006
While Brand manages a couple of effectively brutal bits of violence, Matthew Waynee's gassy screenplay is all premise and no propulsion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 6, 2006
The performances are uniformly excellent, and Brand relies on his music video training to provide some tantalizing flashback clues.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
November 6, 2006
Tyro video helmer Simon Brand doesn't give his actors sufficient breathing room, ruthlessly chopping their scenes into monotonous hash.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 3, 2006
To kill 80 minutes, the movie has to pad itself with several dull speeches and stagy moments.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 3, 2006
It all comes together at the end, logically and with a twist. But it's not a game that allows the audience to play along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
November 2, 2006
Brisk pacing and an excellent cast of mostly B-list actors can't make up for the commonplace premise and execution of Simon Brand's twisty thriller Unknown.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 2, 2006
It's not nearly as risky or as inspired as the movies it borrows from. But it keeps its audience's collective head in the game, thanks in large part to an impressive cast enacting the sometimes ludicrous proceedings with conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 2, 2006
Once the paranoid surrealism of the opening scenes begins to fade, so does the film's inherent interest level.
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Jean Oppenheimer
Village Voice
October 31, 2006
The pacing is slightly off, with the action switching between the imprisoned men and the police who are trying to find them, and what should be a mounting sense of urgency inside the warehouse (think Reservoir Dogs) falters and goes slack.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
October 25, 2006
The result is passable, though it's clear that his forte lies elsewhere.