The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
It's funny how Scott's trademark blurry quick-cutting - once considered so cutting edge - feels so dated now.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
A professionally mounted genre exercise which tries to please both thriller and social drama crowds, and suffers mightily as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 11, 2012
You're so busy enjoying the sound and picture quality that you're inclined to forgive the film's missteps.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Thunderous, metallic, ominous, screeching sound effects add to the sensory perception that you're watching a megaton monster barreling toward a dramatic showdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Veteran directorial fireball-hurler Tony Scott (Deja Vu, Top Gun) messes it up, as usual.
Joshua Starnes
March 21, 2011
This sort of thing by design devolves into two guys talking on a phone, which if it's got any chance of working requires strong actors to bring their characters to life. Which is probably where Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 succeeds best.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 26, 2011
A valiant effort, but ultimately Pelham feels like little more than Washington's latest star vehicle, bound for Netflix after a short summer run.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 13, 2010
The fourth (and least effective) collaboration between Denzel Washington and Tony Scott...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
In the post 9-11 New York City, it's a patently ludicrous suggestion that four machine-gun toting, sinister looking individuals can walk freely about the most heavily-guarded subway system in the world.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 17, 2010
When logic subsides, as alas it does, it is the sheer force of Washington's intensity and Travolta's élan that keeps the film on, ahem, track
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Goss
December 17, 2009
All restless shots and relentless cuts, ticking clocks and roving maps, a stream of shouting and shooting and speed-ramping and slow-motion and little real excitement.
Rubin Safaya
December 6, 2009
This is either bad writing, bad direction, bad acting or a combination of the three.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Michael Dequina
August 31, 2009
If the trademark Scott gloss serves as a superficial hook, his also-adept manner of building tension and suspense then keeps one interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Evan Williams
The Australian
August 30, 2009
It would be impossible to make a completely dull film of Godey's story, but Scott has succeeded in reducing it to an empty, mechanical spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Solid performances can't lift this picture above its own mediocrity, however. The plot is formulaic ... and the ending obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 27, 2009
If you're not feeling too cerebral Tony Scott's action movie set pieces are pretty good -- also silly sometimes -- but they're more than enough to fill in time between the lines of clichéd dialogue.
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
August 27, 2009
In yet another blander-than-bland remake of a classic film, flash-over-substance specialist Tony Scott takes Joseph Sargent's taut, 1974 action-thriller and processes it through the multiplex mulching machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
August 26, 2009
There was a reality to [the original film] that I think is missing from this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
August 26, 2009
If you've never seen the original, the new Taking of Pelham 123 will probably come across as an okay thriller, but if you have seen the original it's clear evidence as to why the movies aren't as good as they used to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
August 26, 2009
Mechanical and unspirited, this is just another goddam remake, as they might say in the Big Apple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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