Taking Lives Reviews

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December 15, 2017
Taking Lives is a foolish thriller full of actors who deserve better.
April 20, 2004
Dig deeper than the classy looks and the shovelful of psychological topsoil ... and there's nothing here that hasn't been done before -- and done better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 19, 2004
While it's not in a league with The Silence of the Lambs, it works in a similarly efficient way.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
March 19, 2004
It's slick nonsense at best and for the first hour it's watchable.
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.
March 19, 2004
Taking Lives isn't bad, really, it just isn't distinctive.
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.
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