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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
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-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 11, 2009
Scott does his best to turn this back-and-forth into an action movie, but it does more to distract from the simple, economical story than enhance it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 10, 2009
It's a movie that gives you little to ponder and one that's more easily quoted than felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 11, 2009
There's not much wrong with Tony Scott's The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, except that there's not much really right about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 9, 2009
Scott seems not to trust the cat-and-mouse maneuverings of Washington and Travolta to carry the film, instead sucking away the claustrophobic intensity with car chases and other superfluous frills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 11, 2009
Denzel Washington is that valuable paradox, the relatable supernova. [But] it's too bad the movie around him isn't better -- the '74 edition, propelled by David Shire's incredibly badass theme music, kicks the remake's behind all the way to Coney Island.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 12, 2009
Most of the film's energy is generated by flamboyant cinematography and music-video cutting, and much of that energy is false.
William Goss
Cinematical
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.
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
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.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Veteran directorial fireball-hurler Tony Scott (Deja Vu, Top Gun) messes it up, as usual.
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
August 11, 2009
I won't lie and say The Taking of Pelham 123 is destined to be a classic, nor does it make a whole lot of sense, but it is goofy fun and does no damage to the original.
| Original Score: B-
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
August 1, 2009
Where the movie can't quite deliver is in... some third act choices... that seem to be motivated by the servicing of movie star egos instead of story sense or character reality.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
August 26, 2009
Packed with enough rap music, nauseating camera jerks, speed shifts and freeze frames to almost, so nearly, convince us something interesting is occurring on screen.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 8, 2009
Unlike Sargent, who trusted his story to provide the fireworks, Scott resorts to gimmicks: choppy editing, speeded-up footage that segues inexplicably into slo-mo, and pointless explosions of noise. Sometimes, less really is more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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June 11, 2009
It's easy to imagine why Pelham's producers wouldn't want Scott's professional but dull picture to be compared with the 1974 classic.
Clay Cane
BET.com
July 3, 2009
A good movie, but don't expect the best thriller of the summer in a flick that's sometimes as eventful as getting stuck between 34th and 42nd Streets on the A train in NYC.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
June 12, 2009
Instead of Helgeland pumping energy into the story, it's the external elements that benefit from a modern sensibility, leaving the plot and dialogue to languish on a gummy subway car floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
June 12, 2009
Travolta as the bad guy unfortunately did not work. I think if Washington & Travolta's roles had been reversed perhaps we would have had fireworks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 12, 2009
It feels like Pelham is close to something interesting but never gets there because Scott doesn't give a rip.
| Original Score: 2/4
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