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Taking Lives Reviews

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Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 25, 2007
A production which would rather scare its audience with gore than reel it in via a gripping whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
May 3, 2004
The best Ashley Judd movie Judd has never made... a labyrinthine serial killer thriller that won't win admirers for its intellect, but does have sustenance of mood in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
April 24, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: B

Sunday Times (Australia)
April 19, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rachel Deahl
Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
April 16, 2004
With its French Canadian setting and strong (rather, strong-looking) cast, Taking Lives is elevated above its genre cliches.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 2, 2004
A solid police thriller with a few scares and some plot twists.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
March 24, 2004
Caruso spins a downright wicked thriller so tense it's guaranteed to scare you out of your seat at least once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
March 24, 2004
Taking Lives" makes the grade.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 21, 2004
Caruso succeeds in giving Taking Lives the necessary dark feel and just enough of a drawn out character development needed for a thinking man's thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
March 19, 2004
While not breaking any new ground, director D.J. Caruso's movie also doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 19, 2004
Taking Lives is a good, near-great film that might seem a lot better if it hadn't been preceded by all of those Judd vehicles -- or if Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling never existed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 19, 2004
While it's not in a league with The Silence of the Lambs, it works in a similarly efficient way.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
March 19, 2004
Taking Lives is smarter than your average serial-killer movie, thanks to unusually fleshed-out characters inhabited by a high- pedigree cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
March 19, 2004
Caruso succeeds in giving Taking Lives the sordid, dark feel of Seven without making his flick repugnant and he provides an ending that delivers all the thrills and shocks a serial killer whodunit needs.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2004
Best of all, it doesn't star Ashley Judd, who has made a wearying specialty out of playing tough-tender female cops. Danger-prone Angelina Jolie is on the case here -- an improvement that pays big dividends throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 19, 2004
Taking Lives is actually an effective thriller, on its modest but stylish level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
March 19, 2004
In the hands of a lesser director, Taking Lives could have been a real disaster. It's trite, contrived, and predictable. And yet, I liked it.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
March 19, 2004
Jolie and Hawke have a real chemistry between each other and this tends to make one forget some of those enormous plot holes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 19, 2004
If you don't try to make it all make sense, you might find it to be a thriller with a couple of genuine thrills. At least this one doesn't star Ashley Judd.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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