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Unstoppable Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 29, 2010
Very big train hits stuff. Bish bash bosh. Job done. Great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
November 22, 2010
Though it's a ridiculous ride, it offers the heightened pulse of a great race.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 12, 2010
Of course it's implausible, but it's also consistently entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 12, 2010
This isn't groundbreaking fare, mind you. But Unstoppable muscles through its story of peril with crafted intensity and a few well-placed grins.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Globe and Mail
November 12, 2010
Though inspired by a real incident, the movie is an opportunistic political allegory about an economy that's out of control and industries that are weakened by layoffs, under-staffing and corporate callousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 12, 2010
There's a gut-level simplicity to "Unstoppable" that works despite all its clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 12, 2010
Like it or not, there are some things that movies do best. Movies do not generally do a great job with anything involving heavy-duty cogitation, but when it comes to runaway trains, the medium is peerless. All aboard!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
November 12, 2010
A love of number-crunching makes the audience feel engaged in a deadly algebra problem. Four miles! 2000 feet! Population 780,000!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
November 12, 2010
NONE of us is as dumb as ALL of us: The real life story of how we (seriously) lost control of a train!
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 12, 2010
In the midst of hard times, "Unstoppable" is a welcome reminder that America builds at least one thing better than any other country: action movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 12, 2010
It takes a little while to pick up speed, but once Tony Scott's "Unstoppable" starts moving, it becomes a lean, efficient action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 12, 2010
Get popcorn and flex your chomping muscles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
November 11, 2010
Unstoppable gathers steam with a plot that's predictable but plausible and a few old-school-filmmaking flourishes that churn the picture forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 11, 2010
Its story is largely forgettable, and its pleasures are transitory, limited to the actors (including Rosario Dawson and Kevin Corrigan, working up a sweat back in dispatch) and to its moments of beauty and strange comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2010
"Unstoppable" is as good as its name. A runaway train drama that never slows down, it fashions familiarity into a virtue and shows why old-school professionalism never goes out of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 11, 2010
Once it gets rolling it doesn't pause for breath, and it's safe to say you won't, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 11, 2010
Unstoppable is a movie that's all about getting the job done, no matter what that job happens to be in the course of a day. The movie, easily Scott's best since Crimson Tide, does exactly that thing itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 11, 2010
From the story itself to the way it's told, Unstoppable is a hymn to stylish, unpretentious competence.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 11, 2010
Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term. It's a motion picture about motion, an action symphony that gives new meaning to the notion of a one-track mind.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 11, 2010
Some movies win you Oscars, and some have you playing second banana to an evil train -- and both have their place.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 11, 2010
An adrenaline-infused runaway-train flick that perfectly distills director Tony Scott's talents and limitations.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 11, 2010
Unstoppable is a bang-up ride that means to wring you out. Mission accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 11, 2010
This is a terrific, sweaty, men-on-a-mission adventure, with heroic blue-collar railwaymen, pencil-pushing bureaucrats and hotheads in the head office battling to halt an unmanned runaway train.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 11, 2010
Scott shoots and edits Unstoppable with roller-coaster momentum and an eye (and ear) on that roaring tonnage of steel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 11, 2010
There's a train. It can't be stopped. What else do you really need to know?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 11, 2010
As long as Unstoppable stays on the train, it's queasily effective.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 11, 2010
Being an explosive personality himself, Scott really knows how to ratchet up the tension, with lots of fast cuts and relentless action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 11, 2010
The main story is gripping, flawlessly paced, and nicely grounded in operational detail.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 11, 2010
Unmanned freight train's loose. Must be stopped. Veteran train engineer Denzel Washington and newbie Chris Pine are on the job. Questions? I can't believe we wasted even that much time on the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 11, 2010
The movie is as relentless as the train, slowly gathering momentum before a relentless final hour of continuous suspense. In terms of sheer craftsmanship, this is a superb film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 10, 2010
Unstoppable is a movie in a hurry, quickly building a momentum that befits its title and never letting up till the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 10, 2010
An action thriller seriously devoid of action or thrills, the curiously sluggish Unstoppable is the slowest, talkiest movie you'll ever see about a runaway freight train loaded with toxic chemicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 10, 2010
Finally, we've found the ideal use for Tony Scott's hyperkinetic, headache-inducing filmmaking style: a movie about a runaway train.
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
November 10, 2010
It's all speed, sound, and fury -- and in that, Tony Scott is the right man for the job.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 10, 2010
The director of the limp "Pelham 123″ remake takes a second shot at his railway movie, and this time gets it right.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 10, 2010
Unstoppable, a 95-minute thrill ride from director Tony Scott, delivers the right level of adrenaline. Unfortunately, the sheer exhilaration is dampened somewhat by an overreliance upon action/thriller stock situations and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
November 9, 2010
It's like a mashup of classic commercials for Ford pickup trucks.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 8, 2010
Delivers all the goods mainstream action fans could want.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
November 8, 2010
Given the linear, one-track nature of the plot, Scott and Bomback prove surprisingly effective at delivering a well-rounded experience, going out of their way to fill in the personalities of their two leads.