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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.
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
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
Top Critic
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
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 8, 2011
The freak-out scenario is thoroughly engaging, but even Collet-Serra's ceaseless velocity can't gloss over gaping holes
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Liam Neeson is an indestructible Frankensteiny feral animal with a head injury.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 14, 2011
... satisfying, if not entirely plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 14, 2011
It's certainly no Taken but it does manages some fairly diverting set pieces and stops just short of wearing its central premise thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.52/1
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 8, 2011
Hitchcockian features work themselves out rather nicely, while the story plays deftly with the notion of the 'hero.' Action scenes blur together and spin out after a while, but the German supporting cast fills the movie with touches of everyday humanity.

Daily Express (UK)
March 7, 2011
The picture lacks the thrills and dramatic charge of kidnap-thriller Taken, with Neeson here befuddled rather than angry, but his gravitas and conviction elevate the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
March 7, 2011
Enjoy it and then forget it...
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