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Contraband Reviews

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Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
December 30, 2012
We are left to ponder why Andy is any less culpable or any more worth saving than anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Beck
September 17, 2012
It may not exactly be an original story, but when a little effort is put into a film like this, it can be done pretty well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered
September 17, 2012
Contraband is a decent action film but none of the cast can do anything to elevate the material beyond what it is: a January movie from top to bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012
Plays like conventional Hollywood genre entertainment even though all the actual events in movie feel like they belong in a Michael Mann joint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 11, 2012
With its dim lighting and handheld camerawork, the director's 'realistic' visual approach is arguably bogus, but it pays dividends as the narrative becomes increasingly grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
R. L. Shaffer
April 17, 2012
Wahlberg delivers in this sometimes tense, enjoyable, but morally muddy heist thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Simon Weaving
April 2, 2012
Mark Wahlberg plays another working class action hero in this gritty but convoluted story about double-dealing smugglers, wharfside corruption and family revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Mark Wahlberg delivers the goods in Contraband, a B-movie about smuggling in boozy, corrupt New Orleans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
A-Team rules apply: this is a gore-free zone that, in common with ye Lethal Weapon movies of yore, yokes family values to gunplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2012
Ends up just another dumber than average caper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
March 19, 2012
Sound familiar? Of course it does, and not just because it's a remake of the 2008 film Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 18, 2012
Conventional, fairly exciting stuff, its most distinctive feature perhaps is the realistic, atmospheric photography by Ken Loach's regular collaborator, Barry Ackroyd.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
March 16, 2012
A typical Hollywood excuse for stringing together violent action sequences which are individually exciting enough but collectively unable to sustain any palpable tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

London Evening Standard
March 16, 2012
How this confused and mediocre heist-cum-action movie reached - albeit briefly - the top spot in the US box-office ratings passes all understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
March 16, 2012
Ultimately, it's not going to win any awards for originality but this is an entertaining crime thriller nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 15, 2012
Gritty, slick and maybe a bit too serious, Contraband may be predictable, but it is solid action entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 15, 2012
It's a thriller in which the twists become so absurd that it becomes a kind of caper, but without the humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
March 15, 2012
It is criminal that a director of Kormakur's talent should make the run from the gloomy authenticity of Jar City to this bland Hollywood fare.
Adam Smith
Radio Times
March 15, 2012
Mark Wahlberg is back in action-man mode in this skilfully shot if slightly uneven thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 15, 2012
[A] thick-cut, crusts-left-on smuggling thriller directed by the Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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