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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.
March 2, 2011
The movie rather crumbles when it eventually has to deliver its secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 1, 2011
For about an hour or so, "Unknown" is intriguing.
February 18, 2011
Neeson's comforting intelligence (and a marvelous turn by Bruno Ganz as an ailing former member of the East German secret police), are not enough to prevent the film from choking on obviousness and directorial fumbling.
February 18, 2011
Unknown" obviously knows its limitations, and it doesn't bother to rise above them. It just keeps throwing the punches the audience wants and expects. It won't cure world hunger, but chances are it will sell a lot of popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 18, 2011
The cat-and-mouse game that the filmmakers are playing with us is only partially successful because this thriller is only intermittently thrilling. Instead of being captivated by the twist and turns, we're more likely to be rankled.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 18, 2011
The snow and haze that Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra keeps pumping into the street scenes seem to have drifted into the script as well.
February 18, 2011
It's not "North by Northwest," of course. But at least it's heading in the right direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2011
Has no connection to anything resembling reality, but it's entertaining as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 18, 2011
The art of the classic Hitchcockian thriller is about style, pace and misdirection -- and though Unknown is occasionally baffling and involves running and car chases, the film rarely manages to thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 18, 2011
Despite its A-movie aspirations, as the chases continue and the plot holes widen, Unknown quickly settles into the familiar B-movie comfort zone.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 18, 2011
As long as filmgoers come to "Unknown" unencumbered by a need for plausibility, this handsome, well-paced production possesses its share of twisty, visceral pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2011
Plot holes you can drive a truck through are ultimately less important for your enjoyment than how they set up the film's big set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2011
A stylish and muscular thriller with some nifty twists and turns, a wicked sense of humor, several terrific performances and not one or even two but three of the best car chases in recent action-flick history.
February 18, 2011
On a minute-to-minute level, it's an engaging mystery, the kind that rewards our participation with eye candy and adrenaline shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2011
Neeson is always magnetic, though, even when he's just repeating his Taken performance and delivering cheesy one-liners, as he is eventually required to do here.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 17, 2011
When the dots are connected (sort of), Unknown still doesn't make much sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 17, 2011
Neeson has a way of getting upset - a frantic purposefulness - that fills viewers with both empathy and anticipation: He's so miserable that we care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2011
But if you dig Liam Neeson as an action hero, you could do worse than this fast-paced, cheerfully ridiculous, generally satisfying romp.
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."
February 17, 2011
Neeson, often chided for cashing easy action-flick paychecks at the expense of his serious-actor cred, knows who he is - an action star of a certain age who brings gravitas to pulpy stuff. And if that's who he is, he could do worse than "Unknown."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 17, 2011
Neeson has a fine way with expressions of anguish. This is brow-knitting of a very high order.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2011
With his soulful gaze and crooked nose, his seeming reluctance to throw a karate chop but his deft ability to do so, Neeson has an air of melancholy and menace - you feel sorry for the guy, and wary of him at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2011
Ignore the pileup of implausibilities and 'Unknown' becomes a diabolically entertaining con game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2011
I saw "Unknown'' with an entourage whose average age was about 70. They loved it, although one of them kept calling it "The Bond Ultimatum.'' Which sounds about right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2011
Turn off your 'I hope this plot twist is awesome' part of your brain and just enjoy big, gruff, increasingly Frankenstein-monster-looking Neeson kicking the crap out of everyone who gets in his way...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 17, 2011
Tacked onto a perfectly respectable thriller, Unknown's mass of unlikely turns and implausible reveals make the whole film seem retroactively less sophisticated.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 17, 2011
The film plays more like a "whydunit" than a whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2011
Consistently albeit genteelly thrilling, a pleasantly implausible item that employs the holy trinity of action elements: explosions, hand-to-hand combat and car chases where tires squeal like there is no tomorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 17, 2011
The car chases and piled-on action eventually feel rote, as do Neeson's various badass stunts.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2011
Ich bin bash Berliner.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 17, 2011
More subtly than Harrison Ford, Neeson excels at the slow fuse snaking its way to explosive revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 16, 2011
Neeson's always-intelligent screen presence, his nuance and gravitas, help elevate Unknown beyond its preposterous elements.
February 16, 2011
There are a couple of intriguing ideas floating around here and there, but that's all they do -- float around, unmoored by any sense of reality and, thus, suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2011
Unknown has its moments, but ultimately it's as forgettable as Martin's identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2011
The movie whips up a big old puree of ingredients borrowed from other cinematic recipes. Then it dishes out the mildly spiced results as post-Oscar-quality snack food...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 16, 2011
Beyond the occasional plot frissons and juicy supporting turns, it's an emotionally and psychologically threadbare exercise.
February 16, 2011
Liam Neeson stars in a paranoid caper showcasing the city of Berlin.
February 16, 2011
Unknown makes no sense at all, so you not only worry about Liam Neeson's judgment in movies, but you begin to wonder if he's forgotten how to read.
February 16, 2011
We're spun through parking garages, dance clubs and good old-fashioned car chases; Unknown is probably the movie The Tourist wanted to be, if it had a pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 15, 2011
As with its protagonist, Unknown boasts tantalizing issues buried deep beneath its frantic exterior, but little idea how to unlock or address them.