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Unstoppable (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 184
Fresh: 159 | Rotten: 25

As fast, loud, and relentless as the train at the center of the story, Unstoppable is perfect popcorn entertainment -- and director Tony Scott's best movie in years.

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 4

As fast, loud, and relentless as the train at the center of the story, Unstoppable is perfect popcorn entertainment -- and director Tony Scott's best movie in years.

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In this action thriller from director Tony Scott, rookie train operator Will (Chris Pine) and grizzled veteran engineer Frank (Denzel Washington) learn that a runaway locomotive carrying carloads of dangerous chemicals is headed for Will's small Pennsylvania hometown, where his wife and child live. In order to save the day, they must figure out how to catch up to the rogue engine, and stop it before harm comes to the town. Standing in their way is Galvin (Kevin Dunn), the head of the company who

Feb 15, 2011

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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (159) | Rotten (25) | DVD (4)

Very big train hits stuff. Bish bash bosh. Job done. Great fun.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Though it's a ridiculous ride, it offers the heightened pulse of a great race.

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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Of course it's implausible, but it's also consistently entertaining.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (4)
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This isn't groundbreaking fare, mind you. But Unstoppable muscles through its story of peril with crafted intensity and a few well-placed grins.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Though inspired by a real incident, the movie is an opportunistic political allegory about an economy that's out of control and industries that are weakened by layoffs, under-staffing and corporate callousness.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (21)
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There's a gut-level simplicity to "Unstoppable" that works despite all its clichés.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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Unstoppable is a pure thrill ride from beginning to end. Well-staged action, strong performances and great direction make it one of the most exciting films of the year.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Like the train itself, Unstoppable moves a breakneck speed and delivers good, old fashioned fun.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Unstoppable is the sort of movie in which characters recite dialogue like 'we're not talking about a train, we're talking about a missile the size of The Chrysler Building'... an incredibly fun time at the cinema.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

Director Tony Scott delivers in this exciting thrill ride.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Scott proves once again that action movies don't need to be a headache-inducing, bright, loud, irritating experience, but instead can be something more when given the right treatment.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

The title, then, is probably referring to the human spirit. That's corny, but it works.

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Despite Tony Scott managing to maintain his high-octane style, the relative simplicity of the plot gives Unstoppable a more intimate feel than his usual bombastic actioner

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

... As the train picks up speed, the movie does the same.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Thunderous, metallic, ominous, screeching sound effects add to the sensory perception that you're watching a megaton monster barreling toward a dramatic showdown.

September 26, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Welcome to the Machismo Express.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Pretty heavy on cliches, but the simple fact that the film's one giant popcorn-infused action sequence should please most action fans.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comment (1)
IGN DVD

Scott subdues his more stylized tendencies to deliver the kind of meat-and-potatoes action thriller that might very well be watched and enjoyed by the heroic blue collar characters in this movie.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Unstoppable takes a simple premise and spins it into an entertaining film surging with pure energy.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Tony Scott's Unstoppable is, in a word, awesome.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Washington has these films down to a science by now, and it's fun to watch a consummate professional do his thing.

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Just the ticket for fun at the movies, Unstoppable is a non-stop joy ride.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemaclips.com

This simple but effective man versus machine blockbuster signals a return to form for director Tony Scott.

January 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

(Director Tony) Scott is much better at building tension here than he was in 2009's so-average-it-hurt remake of The Taking of Pelham 123.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

As they say about train wrecks, it's impossible to look away.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

Highly accomplished, wholly predictable filmmaking with a monster of a runaway train as central protagonist.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Audience Reviews for Unstoppable

Two train operators must stop a runaway train.
The opening credits claim that this film is based on a true story, but there are moments that are so implausible that I thought Tony Scott was pulling a Coen Brothers' Fargo on me. Real or not, the film is exciting and fun and perfect for all of Scott's gimmicks -- his ever-moving camera, quick cuts, big (unrealistic) explosions, hyper-masculine dialogue. It's all predictable but enjoyable, much like 1994's Speed.
Overall, this film is unsubstantial fun.
July 21, 2013
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Jim Hunter

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An exciting, suspenseful film. And it has Chris Pine. What more could you ask for?
June 19, 2013
cchclaw

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*Spoilers* Unfortunately for Tony Scott his last film I'm afraid was one of his poorest. It totally lacks the suspense it really needed and no amount of wobbly camera, birds eye view, helicopter shots etc can make watching a train go by interesting to non-train watching enthusiasts. The mysteries revolving around Chris Pine's character aren't particularly mysterious and when revealed, are not in the least bit interesting. Neither of the characters bring anything of any interest to the story. Neither Pine of Washington do a bad job but essentially how could you sit talking on a train badly? The fact that they stop the 'unstoppable' train tells you all you need to know. Predictable and forgettable.
March 4, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

This movie is based on a true story about a runaway train in Pennsylvania. Despite many efforts to stop the train, it is left to two rogue employees to daringly stop the train before it reaches highly populated areas. You will enjoy the journey. It will have you on the edge of your seat! I like movies that don't have too much CGI. It makes it more realistic. Great cast and story.
March 3, 2013
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Candy Rose

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    1. Galvin: Let's go, boys!
    – Submitted by Alyssa D (23 months ago)
    1. Connie: Excuse me, can u help me?
    2. Frank: Connie?
    3. Connie: I can't decided which one of you I have to kiss first.
    4. Frank: Me.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (2 years ago)
    1. Connie: That was 10 Million Pounds, Mr. Galvin. And this is the sound of me saving your ass!
    – Submitted by George P (3 years ago)
    1. Frank: Youve already fired me.
    – Submitted by Jossan F (3 years ago)
    1. Connie: Galvin you're an asshole!
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
    1. Will: Mr.Galvin this is Will Colson, you're conducter. We're gonna run this bitch down.
    2. Galvin: Well maybe you didn't here what I just said Colson, I will fire you!
    – Submitted by Roshan C (3 years ago)
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