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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+
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
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.
March 3, 2011
As action thrillers go Unknown is not a bad one, and it has real ambitions to character and theme ... on the other hand it's not quite a good one either as the filmmakers can never quite decide what time of film they want to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 15, 2011
Neeson - perhaps suffering from an existential acting crisis following the box office success of Taken - has pared back his once considerable charm to an almost negative state.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 25, 2011
The film doesn't make you feel or care. It doesn't grab you. In other words, it has all the elements of a good thriller except for, well, thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 18, 2011
With no aspirations above its genre, Unknown embraces the implausibility of its tale and delivers fun but rather forgettable viewing.
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
March 4, 2011
So extensive is Unknown's pilfering of ideas from existing films that it has left itself exposed as a meagre mishmash that fails to excel in any particular department.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 26, 2011
While nothing about Unknown is exceptional, most of it isn't bad - it just pretends to a moral and intellectual sophistication it simply doesn't have.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
March 2, 2011
Taken was much more amusing than Unknown, which takes itself rather too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 17, 2011
I felt involved in "Unknown" until it pulled one too many rabbits out of its hat. At some point, a thriller has to play fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2011
The material keeps our attention but, as we get closer to the inevitable point at which the curtain is pulled back, the movie starts to feel more like a parody than a serious endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2011
It mixes and mismatches jagged fragments of Jason Bourne, Alfred Hitchcock, "Total Recall" and Mel Gibson's underappreciated "Conspiracy Theory," although underappreciation isn't a risk for a movie that amounts to "The Stillbourne Identity."
March 3, 2011
If this all sounds rather like déjà vu, then consider yourself one step ahead of the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 19, 2011
Neeson is hamstrung with a thin script full of huge plot holes that stretch credibility. His character is a mix of an older Jason Bourne and the male equivalent of Angelina Jolie's Evelyn Salt. Jones and Kruger are simply window dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2011
The movie builds up to a climax that makes one question whether it was ever worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2011
The film's big twist, alas, is rather predictable once you eliminate all the other plausible reasons for the characters' behavior, and the bad guys' plan revolves around a rather hokey plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 25, 2011
What started out so promisingly loses its way as it becomes yet another mind-boggling entertainment. It could have been so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
February 15, 2011
Unknown is anything but, with predictable plot points found in better movies, yet the sturdy presence of Liam Neeson saves it from action movie obscurity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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