The Taking of Pelham One Two Three - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 9, 2016
This exceptional thriller is filled with colorful characters and crackling dialogue -- and always has one more surprise up its sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 2, 2016
A work of substance and an exciting experience.
Fernando F. Croce
September 8, 2009
One of the decade's great defenses of New York
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2009
Smart, tense, and funny, Joseph Sargent's thriller is a product of its times, reflecting New York in the 1970s and part of a cycle of urban paranoia movie, such as French Connection and Dog Day Afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Gonsalves
June 14, 2009
Surly humor powers the movie as much as the ticking-clock premise does.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 12, 2009
This is gritty, entertaining 1970s filmmaking at its finest.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 10, 2009
The original version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three was made 35 years ago, yet it retains a quality of cool that will remain long after people have forgotten the current version.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
June 8, 2009
An archeological specimen from nearly two decades before the advent of the Metrocard
| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
June 7, 2009
...a quintessential 1970s New York picture, full of prickly characters and urban tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nev Pierce
September 24, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2008
Director Sargent piles on the tension expertly, proving that sometimes the simplest plots are the most effective. Those who think that the action thriller is an invention of the last two decades would do well to check this one out.
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
March 4, 2008
The kind of gritty, relentless thriller that could only come from the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
March 4, 2008
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a good action caper about a subway car heist under the streets of Manhattan.

TV Guide
March 4, 2008
Exciting, suspenseful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 4, 2008
Superior exercise in urban paranoia; the superb location work of director Joseph Sargent goes a long way toward tempering the artificialities of the plot.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film retains a fascination.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 25, 2006
Excellent little thriller
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 10, 2006
Trama interessante, boas atuações e diálogos excelentes fazem com que este filme mereça ser redescoberto pelas platéias atuais.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
November 12, 2005
Exciting and very funny with a knowingly cynical sense of humor.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
November 1, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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