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Unknown Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Like Taken, it's the kind of flick that will play forever on cable.
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
July 24, 2013
As the film progresses, it becomes incomprehensible. The twists are too preposterous and the plot holes are too plentiful, making Unknown an absolute mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
The thriller is fun and action-packed but a few major plot holes and a few lazy twists definitely weigh it down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
What started as a mildly intriguing innocent-man-wrongly-accused pseudo-thriller just turns into series of lame implausibilites in pursuit of an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 18, 2013
A paranoid thriller has to be more paranoid than this, with far more urgency to it, to work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Kendrick
October 4, 2012
An exciting film that moviegoers will enjoy - even if they leave with a somewhat ambiguous understanding of the story that was unfolding outside of Neeson's character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Beck
September 21, 2012
With its intriguing story and thrilling action sequences, "Unknown" is worth checking out for those who are into action films as well as those who like a good mystery that needs solving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
February 13, 2012
With an actor of Neeson's caliber you also get something extra--a convincing sell of the emotional and dramatic beats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Gallagher
What Culture
August 15, 2011
Unknown isn't offensive at all, but it isn't startlingly good either: it is a near-perfect popcorn thriller that convinces of its story despite some fairly ludicrous plot shifts and an ultimately very self-serving resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
The stop-start pacing, stock villains and predictable plot leave it trailing in Jason Bourne's wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 29, 2011
In a bloodless scene between two old men, there's more pathos and tension... than in any of the hyper-kinetic fight scenes or car chases that pad out the rest of the running time.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
June 24, 2011
In the French-made, English-language sleeper Taken, Liam Neeson was a former CIA operative who was (outlandishly) able to thwart a sex-trafficking ring. Audiences responded vociferously to his take-charge character. His latest film, Unknown...
| Original Score: 2.1/2
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 21, 2011
I didn't believe a second of it, but I certainly had fun watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
June 21, 2011
May eventually surrender to convention and implausibility in equal measure, but until then, Collet-Serra grounds the conspiracy with a proper sense of mystery and mood.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 19, 2011
...with Liam Neeson in the lead, he makes everything we see on screen, no matter how far-fetched, seem plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 12, 2011
I found the time spent not so proportionate to the powerful delivery, in the end...
Grae Drake
May 20, 2011
The movie is a well-performed, well-directed thriller that kept me interested the entire time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 12, 2011
Not as well executed as Taken or with the depth of 1988's Frantic but Neeson can cover up a lot of plot problems. A good rental.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Glenn Lovell
May 5, 2011
Each situation is pulled off with a by-the-numbers precision. Sorely lacking is the dark humor Hitchcock invested in similar no-one-believes-me scenarios.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
April 13, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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