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Contraband Reviews

March 13, 2012
The result is unlikely to linger long in the memory, but it's enormous fun while it lasts...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2012
A winter-season product, but perfectly absorbing once it gets going.
January 13, 2012
It's a good, chugging caper movie for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2012
Wahlberg could sleepwalk through this role, and does. See this movie and you'll surely follow his lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 13, 2012
"Contraband" comes off the factory floor with its engine running and ready to drive. But the ride feels overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 13, 2012
Frankly, Wahlberg has outgrown movies like this. And so have we.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 13, 2012
Everyone needs a little action now and then, right? Unfortunately, a little action is all you'll get.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 13, 2012
Though it never quite has us by the lapels, the film is a solid, workmanlike action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 13, 2012
This very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2012
"Contraband" is like an "Ocean's Eleven" movie, minus the glamour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 13, 2012
"Contraband" aims to be dumb fun but gets only the first half right.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
January 12, 2012
In order to pay it forward, Wahlberg needs to direct it somewhere else, and on and on, until every country has a version of this thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2012
Contraband has a few moments of tension, but it adheres to a predictable heist formula hardly worth trafficking in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2012
If you enjoy watching Mark Wahlberg do that action-movie thing he does, you could do worse than to spend your next plane ride watching Contraband.
January 12, 2012
Whether he's slowing down time or ignoring its rules altogether, Mr. Kormakur's eccentric pacing brings its own dividends, as does what really gets him going in the film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 12, 2012
It's a so-so heist actioner with some serviceable thrills and better-than-average stunt work that hangs on a formula plot punctuated with fits of disturbing violence aimed at women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
January 12, 2012
Contraband is a film to be remembered, vaguely.
January 12, 2012
And then there's the predictability of the "surprise" villain; I won't spoil it here, but if you don't guess who it is well before the reveal, then I sincerely hope you enjoyed seeing your very first movie.
January 12, 2012
This is an uncommonly well-crafted action adventure, or an action misadventure, given how much goes wrong for the resourceful hero.
January 12, 2012
It's like an exciting police procedural turned on its head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2012
With his Popeye biceps and broody stares, [Wahlberg] can do a character like Chris without even thinking about it - and that's what he does here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2012
Kormákur and his collaborators want to tell a simple story cleanly, efficiently, and with a refreshing dearth of frills. They more or less realize their aspirations because they aim so low.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 12, 2012
Several graphically violent scenes of women and children in jeopardy make this, ultimately, beneath contempt.
January 12, 2012
There's a frothy, almost whimsical undercurrent quietly bubbling beneath the dead-serious story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2012
Contraband's sense of humor is charmingly macho, real meat and potatoes stuff. Literally.
January 12, 2012
This is a first-rate action film with a great cast, a talented director and a strong script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 12, 2012
As mindless action capers go, "Contraband" is a little less mindless than some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 12, 2012
I don't know that a lot of "Contraband'' makes sense. But I'm not sure that it has to.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2012
Contraband is the kind of thriller that offers just enough in the way of effective elements to assemble a two-minute trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2012
It's exactly the sort of movie that Hollywood specializes in, the kind which seems on paper as if it ought to be entertaining, but winds up a massive and chaotic drag.
January 12, 2012
Wahlberg has the presence, the glower and the laconic line readings to guide us through a mess of pain, painlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2012
"Contraband" involves a lot of energy, but I'm getting tired of violent retreads of these heist elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2012
It's a thriller distinctly lacking in thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 11, 2012
A solid genre picture that knows exactly what it is, has no delusions of grandeur and carries out its task in entertaining and occasionally even suspenseful fashion.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 11, 2012
Reasonably swift and effective.
January 11, 2012
The gritty style only accentuates the increasingly far-fetched dramatics in Contraband, an involving, atmospherically grungy mid-register thriller.
January 11, 2012
Contraband, while often grungy and far-fetched, does keep you watching. And in January, that's recommendation enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 10, 2012
Will there someday be a movie where the "one last job" goes off without a hitch?