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Taking Lives Reviews

March 25, 2004
If you can buy the pillow-lipped Angelina Jolie as a psychic FBI agent in Montreal to hunt a serial killer, then you can swallow the other implausibilities in this retread thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 21, 2004
Jolie is far too good for this tripe but she does give the film its only believable moments, and for the first half, her concentration makes you watch her intently.
March 19, 2004
Nosedive it does, abandoning all pretense of style and eccentricity for at-times laughable predictability.
March 19, 2004
Would have to work nights to reach mediocrity.
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
March 19, 2004
Caruso is a much more resourceful director than this material deserves, but I resented being two steps ahead of the genius profiler and the genius serial-killer.
March 19, 2004
Taking Lives is often style over substance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2004
To buy this picture, you have to buy Jolie's character, and the actress succeeds much of the time. But once her contained, job-obsessed agent gets involved with a man close to her case, much of what came before is negated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
March 19, 2004
Just as the central criminal steals the identity of his victims, Taking Lives lifts traits and style from other movies. Both do so relatively successfully, until they bungle the job in the final half-hour.
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
March 19, 2004
Screenwriter Jon Bokenkamp litters the trajectory with more red herrings than the traffic can bear in less than two hours.
March 19, 2004
Even with Angelina Jolie thrown in for forensic sex appeal, this dog won't hunt.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2004
The first nine minutes of Taking Lives are, in fact, compelling and good ... Sadly, the rest of Taking Lives is not worth paying for.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 19, 2004
It's slick nonsense at best and for the first hour it's watchable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
March 19, 2004
Taking Lives isn't bad, really, it just isn't distinctive.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 19, 2004
This is more disappointing than it might have been because Taking Lives has a low boil but constant simmer that has been rarely present in previous attempts to revive the insinuating creepiness of The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2004
A thriller that provides jolts - and not enough lasting kick.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 19, 2004
Jolie needs a role with teeth, not one that merely exploits her bee-stung lips.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2004
Taking Lives is actually an effective thriller, on its modest but stylish level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
Taking Lives is so lifeless and beside the point that its DVD version should skip letterboxing and just be shown in a heavy chalk outline.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 18, 2004
From the opening credits, Lives seems bound to recapture the queasy mood of 1995's Seven. But it's too dull to even pull off quease until a notably unpleasant climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 18, 2004
Angelina Jolie plays an F.B.I. profiler on the trail of a sick and ingenious serial killer. Is there anything more to say? Not really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 18, 2004
An above-average thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 18, 2004
Caruso constantly takes the movie down blind alleys while emptying his always-handy crime-movie handbook of every artificial plot device.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 18, 2004
Somber, absorbing thriller that treads familiar psycho serial killer terrain with style.
March 18, 2004
Taking Lives has such a diabolically wonderful premise for a thriller that watching it sink into the abject silliness of The Silence of the Hermit Crabs is all the more disheartening.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2004
If Taking Lives starts off with a modicum of wit and creepy-crawly scares, it winds up somewhere else altogether.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2004
D.J Caruso's artfully photographed mystery thriller is even better looking than its stars, Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. But even your pet Chihuahua could sniff out the solution.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2004
Taking Lives clearly aims to be a stylish, eerie chiller along the lines of Seven. Despite a nerve-wracking car chase and one jump-out-of-your-pants shock, the results are more like Three.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2004
An unimaginative, protracted gore-fest that swipes from David Fincher's Seven like a cinematic pickpocket but only comes up with lint.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 18, 2004
Solid genre movie.
Read More | Original Score: B-
March 17, 2004
A Silence of the Lambs - meets - Talented Mr. Ripley knockoff with all the gore and premonitory 'darkness' and none of the intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 16, 2004
Voids a lot of good will with a cheesy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2004
First-rate production values and Angelina Jolie cannot overcome threadbare material.
March 16, 2004
If the Naqoyqatsi-lite score by Philip Glass doesn't exactly make sense of the film's sketchy identity politics, it does complement its utter ridiculousness.
March 15, 2004
I am recommending Taking Lives because it has a sharp visual style, one big twist that did take me by surprise, and a couple of hard scares that gave me the chills.