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Taken Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 4, 2009
A shallow pleasure at best. But oh, how very pleasurable it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 4, 2009
Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 3, 2009
There is a kind of artistry in the sheer craft and intensity on display. But don't let that stop you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
February 3, 2009
Good premise but Neeson is just too much of a superman to take the story seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
February 3, 2009
As a righteous stand against the low-level terrorists who peddle flesh in the back alleys of Europe, the movie is a lurid sham, as slick and soulless as the myriad thugs Neeson dispatches with implausible ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 3, 2009
'Taken' can be admired as a precise, efficient, and single-minded genre picture.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
February 2, 2009
The fights are occasionally very cool, but it's far easier to find another decent action movie to watch than it is to sit through one couched in such lazy, bigoted storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 2, 2009
[Neeson's] performance is the most perturbing thing in the film, even more so than its electrical-torture sequence or its revelations about sex-trafficking.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 2, 2009
It's the big, dolorous Neeson who makes the movie a keeper.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 2, 2009
Don't be taken in by Taken.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2009
The movie proves two things. (1) Liam Neeson can bring undeserved credibility to most roles just by playing them, and (2) Luc Besson, the co-writer, whose actioner-assembly line produced this film, turns out high-quality trash, and sometimes much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 2, 2009
An exciting white-knuckle ride for action junkies and those who like to see the enemy get the raw end of a deal.
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant
February 1, 2009
While parts of it are a stretch, overall Liam Neeson makes Taken an extremely satisfying action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 1, 2009
Trashy paranoid thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
February 1, 2009
You've already seen the best lines and the best scenes of Taken in the TV and theater commercials...If you take the bait be prepared to check your brain at the door.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 31, 2009
subtext is the thing here and that is parental angst in a time when the nuclear family is a fragile thing at best, coupled with the perceived creeping impotence of the West
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 31, 2009
It works as a popcorn action movie primarily because of the acting talents and physical presence of Liam Neeson.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
January 31, 2009
Mindlessly enjoyable, Taken suits Neeson's broody intensity and makes for a seamless transition for his role as heir to the action throne of Harrison Ford %u2013 or at least Bruce Willis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
January 31, 2009
You'll get nothing new from watching this film. It's the same man-saves-the-day stuff we've seen in the past, so check your brain at the door and sit back for pure fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 31, 2009
It's the action that is key. Neeson's character doesn't just open up a can of whup-ass on the kidnappers. He opens up a whole bucket of whup-ass.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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