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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Reviews

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October 3, 2018
The large, well-characterized cast is ably headed by Walter Matthau, whose wonderfully weary sense of irony is perfect.
August 27, 2018
Taps into viewers' paranoia over a decrepit, vulnerable infrastructure and then provides bitter laughs and a harrowing catharsis.
April 29, 2018
What's good about Pelham's example of the form is that the performances are allowed enough leeway so that we care about the people not the plot mechanics. And what could have been formula trash turns out to be fairly classy trash, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 30, 2017
... hasn't the credentials of Dog Day Afternoon or The French Connection but this ingenious crime caper / hostage drama is one of the great New York crime films of the 1970s.
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
July 2, 2016
A work of substance and an exciting experience.
September 8, 2009
One of the decade's great defenses of New York
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+
June 14, 2009
Surly humor powers the movie as much as the ticking-clock premise does.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 12, 2009
This is gritty, entertaining 1970s filmmaking at its finest.
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
June 8, 2009
An archeological specimen from nearly two decades before the advent of the Metrocard
| Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2009
...a quintessential 1970s New York picture, full of prickly characters and urban tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2008
Read More | 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.
March 4, 2008
The kind of gritty, relentless thriller that could only come from the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
March 4, 2008
Exciting, suspenseful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
February 9, 2006
The film retains a fascination.
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