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

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 26, 2009
When all is said and done, The Taking of Pelham 123 is a reliable, if unremarkable thriller that delivers what it must, and doesn't waste a moment doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Colin Newton
Courier Mail (Australia)
August 23, 2009
Ultimately, this is not a great train-robbery film -- but hey, in the whole scheme of things, it's not a bad one, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott A. Mantz
Entertainment Insiders
August 21, 2009
Stays on track as an entertaining-enough suspense thriller featuring fine performances by Denzel Washington, John Travolta and James Gandolfini.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 20, 2009
Made with all the sinewy economy and storytelling clarity honed by making lots of high end TV commercials, Tony Scott pumps contempo energy and visual style into this classic good story
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 20, 2009
It is all about star power and screen charisma with Washington and Travolta making formidable adversaries, whether on screen together or at opposing ends of the microphone.
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
August 11, 2009
[It's]a popcorn movie, nothing more and nothing less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
August 3, 2009
This is a post-9/11 city: terrorism is suspected, the cops are over-armed and trigger happy. Why they don't shoot Ryder when they could is unexplained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Toby Young
Times (UK)
July 31, 2009
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is not a disaster by any means. For most of its running time, it's a slick, well-crafted piece of entertainment. But you can't help wondering just how good it might have been in the hands of a less self-advertising director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 31, 2009
Head-bangingly hyperactive as ever, action maestro Tony Scott appears to have upped his caffeine intake for this unexpectedly entertaining remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 31, 2009
Scott does like his bells and whistles, substituting those for real atmosphere and sense of place. Fortunately that's not enough to completely wreck a serviceable thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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