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Untraceable Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
February 28, 2008
You know something ain't kosher when a movie purporting to offer a critique of sadistic voyeurism opens with a hand-rubbing scene of kitten abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 25, 2008
Morally duplicitous torture porn: how else to describe Untraceable, a bleak, rain-washed horror thriller.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 25, 2008
This joyless thriller runs the gamut from unconscionable through unwatchable to unendurable. It's also unfathomable that two talented people, Diane Lane and her director, Gregory Hoblit, got themselves involved in such an unpromising enterprise.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 25, 2008
Untraceable feels sleazy and gratuitous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
January 25, 2008
Untraceable demonstrates, once again, how unnecessary it is for audiences actually to understand technical jargon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 25, 2008
Untraceable really is disgraceable.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2008
As plain awful as Untraceable is, possibly the worst thing about it is that it pretends to mean something.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 25, 2008
Untraceable isn't unwatchable, but it's a pretty miserable experience, from a director who knows better.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 25, 2008
Untraceable often seems to go out of its way to tip off what's coming, so that it's hard to tell whether the film's writers are lazy, clumsy or just painfully obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 25, 2008
From its obvious foreshadowing to Marsh's big PowerPoint presentation of the killer's cause-and-effect, Untraceable is a mite too traceable to get under the skin.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 25, 2008
The movie chides us for being a sick voyeuristic society, hungry for the sight of violence. The purity of this moral stance is somewhat clouded by the movie's habit of staging sick violent acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 25, 2008
Untraceable essentially forces its audience to identify with those who would be willing accomplices to torture and murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
January 25, 2008
A diverting police procedural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 25, 2008
The film teases and unnerves for 100 minutes with scenes of cold brutality. Then in a rush to the end, it tries to make it all better, or at least make it more complicated.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
January 25, 2008
Hoblit and veteran cinematographer Anastas Michos try to darken the proceedings by giving us nocturnal characters and Portland at its grayest. But it's window dressing, just like the layers of computer geek-speak that can't disguise an analog-age plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 25, 2008
Untraceable is a horrifying thriller, smart and tightly told, and merciless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 25, 2008
An abhorrent cyberthriller starring a compelling Diane Lane, the film exploits the inhumanity of torture as it cynically condemns Internet rubberneckers (and by extension, moviegoers) for watching it online.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
January 25, 2008
The makers of Untraceable don't have that high an opinion of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 24, 2008
Over and over again, Hoblit misses opportunities to make an engaging picture, instead giving us a merely pedestrian one.
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
January 24, 2008
Lane skillfully sells the tech-heavy script. But after a much-too-early reveal of the murderer's identity, the 'low battery' signal starts to flash on this film by thriller specialist Gregory Hoblit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 24, 2008
By now the hypocrisy of simultaneously condemning and exploiting the audience's sadism has become so commonplace in American movies it hardly seems noteworthy.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 24, 2008
It would be good to shrug off this film as an unwatchable mess, but sadly it is the work of skilled actors and a proficient crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 24, 2008
Suspense remains at a minimum.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 24, 2008
In addition to being dull, Untraceable is a monster hypocrite, wagging its finger at the mass audience's appetite for strictly regimented, 'creative' torture scenarios. This film is not really in a position to point a finger.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 24, 2008
Untraceable wants us to deplore the amoral voyeurism of the cyberspace mobs, yet feeds off it at the same time.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 24, 2008
As Untraceable descends into the progressively more perverted territory, it begins to practice the very hypocrisy it condemns in its audience, engaging in the rancid voyeurism it pretends to abhor.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 24, 2008
There's a good movie to be made about the power of the virtual mob, the ethical consequences of participating in it, the costs of free will. But Untraceable isn't it, not by a long shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 23, 2008
Untraceable is one of those deplorably gratuitous movies that wants to have it both ways, but gets nothing right.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 23, 2008
Talk about your pious frauds. I've got a better way to show your disgust for Internet scum: Don't see Untraceable.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 23, 2008
Untraceable has flaws, but this cat-and-mouse team is so hypnotic that all you do is sit there waiting while they deliver one big shock after another.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 22, 2008
Untraceable engenders a reaction that is one part fascination, one part disappointment, and two parts frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
January 22, 2008
Untraceable hasn't the brains of a class-act psychothriller like Silence of the Lambs, and lacks the balls to juice up the trashy verve of the Saw series. Stuck in the middle, it leaves everyone stranded, actors and audience alike.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 17, 2008
This taut, savvy cyber-thriller makes for one of the better net flicks.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 17, 2008
Untraceable is a satisfying slice of solidly crafted meat-and-potatoes filmmaking.