The Commuter

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The Commuter's cast is better than its workmanlike script - which helps make this reasonably diverting Liam Neeson action thriller worth the price of a matinee ticket or rental, if not a full-price ticket.

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Movie Info

Insurance salesman Michael is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train.

Cast & Crew

Liam Neeson
Michael MacCauley
Sam Neill
Captain Hawthorne
Elizabeth McGovern
Karen MacCauley
Letitia Wright
Jules Skateboarder
Byron Willinger
Screenwriter
Philip de Blasi
Screenwriter
Ryan Engle
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Michael Dreyer
Executive Producer
Juan Solá
Executive Producer
Jaume Collet-Serra
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Ron Halpern
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Critic Reviews for The Commuter

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (93)

  • The film is hobbled by sloppy camera work, ludicrous fight scenes, hairbreadth escapes, and altogether too many suspects.

    March 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • All of the elements are there for stylish and suspenseful flick, but the suspense seems to have been forgotten.

    January 25, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is half-baked, incoherent and frequently dull (a key plot point hinges on the difference between a daily or a weekly travel pass), yet, astoundingly, it is set up for a sequel.

    January 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • We don't see movies like The Commuter for logical plots or quality acting, we see them because Neeson is shorthand for popcorn and 90-minute roller coaster rides.

    January 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The good cheer with which Collet-Serra defines the supporting players ameliorates The Commuter's nightmarish premise and draws viewers deeper into its spell.

    January 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This tale is so far-fetched there should be a wagon of salt, for regular pinch-taking, hitched to the train's rear.

    January 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Commuter

  • Jul 08, 2019
    Like most train rides, it gets a little tiring at times, but The Commuter isn't a bad trip into the suspense genre.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post longer reviews on here. I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2018
    A typical Liam Neeson action film, The Commuter is gritty and full of suspense. While riding the commuter train home ex-cop Michael MacCauley is approached by a mysterious woman who tasked him with uncovering which passenger doesn't belong and threatens the lives of his family and friends if he doesn't cooperate. Neeson delivers a fairly good performance and is backed by a solid supporting cast that includes Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Sam Neill. And, the directing style adds a lot of tension and intrigue to the film as MacCauley narrows down the suspects. But the plot is rather formulaic and features a number of stock characters; a grizzled ex-cop, a femme fatale, an arrogant businessman. Yet despite its weaknesses, The Commuter is an entertaining and exciting thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2018
    Again Neeson is a man in a desperate situation who soon teaches his tormentors that he is not to be messed with. His character is somewhat more realistic than in some of the similar thrillers before, but several parts of the film require quite some suspension of disbelief. The film uses its limited setting well enough for things not to get boring, of course even the trailer had to give away that there is a crash in the end. Some of the supposed twists are not particularly surprising, but the film is entertaining enough not to make you regret being along for the ride.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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