The Commuter

Critics Consensus

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.



Total Count: 202


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In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, Michael is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers.


Liam Neeson
as Michael MacCauley
Patrick Wilson
as Alex Murphy
Elizabeth McGovern
as Karen McCauley
Sam Neill
as Captain Hawthorne
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Danny MacCauley
Nila Aalia
as Sherri
Colin McFarlane
as Conductor Sam
Adam Nagaitis
as Conductor Jimmy
Kingsley Ben-Adir
as Agent Garcia
Damson Idris
as Agent Denys
Andy Lucas
as Manny Engineer
Zaak Conway
as Caleb O'Malley
Letitia Wright
as Jules Skateboarder
Simon Hibbs
as Sean O'Malley
Ben Nathan
as Police Officer
David Alwyn
as Platform Trooper
Alastair Johns
as Officer O'Neal
Edward Bluemel
as Gwen's Boyfriend
Alana Maria
as Officer Jones
Pat Kiernan
as as Himself
Jaime Menéndez
as Enrique Mendez
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Critic Reviews for The Commuter

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (88)

  • All of the elements are there for stylish and suspenseful flick, but the suspense seems to have been forgotten.

    Jan 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.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The good cheer with which Collet-Serra defines the supporting players ameliorates The Commuter's nightmarish premise and draws viewers deeper into its spell.

    Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • From the incredible Godardian opening sequence to the final cheesy resolution, this is a total delight.

    Jan 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The set pieces and the cliché dialogue seem piled on randomly ...

    Jan 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As for Neeson, to call him a "reliable" actor is a polite way of saying he has few surprises left in him; his relentlessly even manner dampens down any possible excitement.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | 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 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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