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Taken Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 3, 2011
It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 7, 2009
You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
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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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 30, 2009
With some suspension of disbelief and a strong stomach, it's possible to get taken in, or at least absorbed, by this adrenaline-pumping action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 30, 2009
You'll miss out on a good movie if you consider Taken just another January dumping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 30, 2009
If a movie's high points are a quick smack of carnage and a steely speech that everyone's already seen in the trailer, you know it must be January.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 30, 2009
I won't tell you Taken is great, but it's great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 30, 2009
[Director] Morel keeps Taken moving swiftly. It's never dragged down by excess feelings; instead, it's powered by the potency of the right ones.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 30, 2009
A fleet, no-nonsense rescue thriller from the crackerjack French director Pierre Morel, Taken is satisfying (1) for the Gaelic gravitas of its star, (2) its slam-bang chase scenes and bone-snapping martial arts, and (3) the scenic backdrops of Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 30, 2009
Some movies flirt with absurdity. Taken takes it to bed, and then out for waffles in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 30, 2009
Next out of the January dreg-u-lator: A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it Paycheck.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 30, 2009
Taken starts in low gear and almost immediately stalls out.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 30, 2009
Neeson's better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 30, 2009
The film flirts with saying something dark and serious about pursuing justice through unjust means, then quickly chickens out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 30, 2009
Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense, especially in the midst of the January movie doldrums. It provides the reckless thrills that Quantum of Solace lacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2009
Taken is not the kind of action film to spend much time worrying about its pedestrian script or largely indifferent acting, so it's fortunate to have Neeson in the starring role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 30, 2009
If it's unrepentant violence you're after, you're better off renting [director] Morel's 2004 collaboration syndicate with Besson, District B13.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
January 30, 2009
The last third of the film is a 50-year-old's little-boy temper tantrum.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 30, 2009
Bottom line? Action junkies sign up, school marms stay home.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 30, 2009
Taken is an exploitation thriller, the sort of studio pic that seizes the worst the world has to offer (the sex-slave outrages that The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof exposed so brilliantly) to bolster its rote rhythms.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christopher Borrelli
Chicago Tribune
January 30, 2009
Taken, which tells the story of how Liam Neeson blows a gasket and flies off to France and kills 75 Albanians in 90 minutes, is crisp, efficient and deeply insane.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
January 29, 2009
A satisfying thriller as grimly professional as its efficient hero.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 29, 2009
Mostly it's a grim, violent and predictable tale of a young girl in unthinkable distress.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 29, 2009
This is another unsavory mix of sentimentality and high-octane seediness from the Luc Besson factory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 29, 2009
Having a thespian of Neeson's caliber chopping down burly henchmen with his bare hands creates a pleasant cognitive dissonance for a while, but the film is unworthy of him.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 29, 2009
Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen saddle Neeson with indigestible dialogue and preposterous situations.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 29, 2009
It's like Paul Schrader's 1979 Hardcore with no brain and more muscle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Linda Winer
Newsday
January 29, 2009
Neeson's character calls himself a "preventer," because he keeps bad things from happening. Not this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
January 29, 2009
[A] dumped-in-January film that's better than it needs to be but, alas, still isn't good enough.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 28, 2009
Pierre Morel's film moves with breathlessly incessant fluidity and speed.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 28, 2009
Besson's espresso-jag thrillers are all the caffeine an action fan needs until the summer thrill rides arrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 28, 2009
The film is never boring. It is, however, completely preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 28, 2009
Taken is movie junk food -- fun while it lasts, but not much more. Nothing wrong with that kind of snack every now and then. You just won't want a steady diet of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
September 26, 2008
Director Pierre Morel's directing style is ruthlessly efficient, but leaves no time to ponder the plot holes or the borderline racist portrayal of vicious Albanian gangsters and sleazy Arab businessmen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 14, 2008
Widescreen package is technically slick at all levels, and ditto the action choreography, in a cartoonish way.
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Bernard Besserglik
Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 2008
Liam Neeson lends visibility to formulaic human-trafficking action thriller.