The follow-up has less action, less energy, less Liam Neeson awesomeness - in other words less of everything that people liked about the first one.
| Original Score: C-
I surrender! I simply cannot absorb another fist, bullet or knife thrust into my atrophying brain by a hyperventilating Liam Neeson in the name of his stupid, twitty movie daughter, Kim.
| Original Score: D
"Taken 2" is really, really goofy -- it's even goofier because it thinks it's about the futility of vengeance -- but Liam Neeson almost makes you buy it.
Taken 2 is content to play out as a familiar and lesser version of its predecessor.
Good action. Neeson rocks as the death-dealing American ex-spy. What else do you need? Maybe "Taken 3″ isn't such a bad idea.
| Original Score: B
Taken 2 is a pointless sequel that tries to capitalize on everything that worked in the first film, without actually including any of it.
| Original Score: 2/5
This is a halfway decent action film, but I do hope if they make another sequel of this, they make a better one.
| Original Score: C
More is definitely less in this sequel.
Yeah, 'Taken 2' is pretty much the same movie that 'Taken' was. Like its predecessor, it's preposterous and over-the-top. And, boy, is this actioner ever just plain fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
If there were any justice in the world, this would be the movie inspiring mass riots. It's that bad.
On the evidence of this cheesy sequel, Neeson is in danger of becoming the new Steven Seagal.
Despite some pretty silly plot holes, this is a relatively entertaining hour and a half.
| Original Score: 7/10
If you lie with dogs, you get fleas; if you go to Europe with Liam Neeson, you get kidnapped.
| Original Score: 1/4
... less credible, less suspenseful and less satisfying than it was before.
Unfortunately -- and somewhat embarrassingly for the human race -- there appears to be a sizable market for movies as blitheringly idiotic as this.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Like American filmmakers, it seems the French don't know when to quit, either.
A sloppy, lazy, unintentionally laughable sequel.
| Original Score: .5/5
There's an endless car chase that somehow manages to run 100 minutes in a 90-minute movie. Unless my math is way off, in which case it just felt that way.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Hard-luck bodyguard Liam Neeson is back in action, this time tracking down his abducted wife in Istanbul in an efficient sequel to the hit Taken.
Still delivers what the fans want to see: Liam Neeson being a total badass.
| Original Score: 3/5