Taken Reviews

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June 5, 2019
The cinematic equivalent of that guy in high school who was capable of making good grades but always coasted through with Cs.
May 22, 2019
The audience is stuck with a film that is way nicer than it should be. Sure it makes the subject matter easier to take, but in the long run it really limits the film's overall effectiveness
August 23, 2018
Doting dads are doting dads, I guess, and there is just no stopping him, which is a shame, as what follows is a big sorry mess of the most clichéed, improbable and xenophobic kind.
September 29, 2011
As Kim, Maggie Grace is a bit old to convincingly portray a boppy underage teenager, although she appears to be giving her best to a one-dimensional role that essentially disappears during the movie's slam-bang midsection.
February 3, 2011
It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.
May 11, 2009
The action is engaging but rarely exciting; the drama heftier but still far from convincing.
March 23, 2009
The script is more hard-hitting and realistic than [Besson's] Transporter films, which means youll only laugh out loud two or three times.
March 1, 2009
A bizarre mix of sentimentality and bone-cracking violence, this Hardcore/Not Without My Daughter hybrid pits a determined father against the thuggish Albanian sex traffickers who kidnapped daddy's little girl as she vacationed in Paris.<
February 21, 2009
Was Liam Neeson looking for a script with lousier dialogue than "The Phantom Menace"?
February 14, 2009
At virtually every turn the film feels like it's pulling punches and not delving into the potentially dangerous visual terrain its story and its attendant emotions are screaming for
February 10, 2009
This silly hokum is so full of plot holes that it truly lives up to its title.
February 7, 2009
You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.
February 6, 2009
Doesn't give Neeson too much opportunity at all to get in touch with his inner Jason Statham.
February 6, 2009
The melodramatic set-up takes little time in Pierre Morel's extra-actionated thriller. Almost as soon as Kimmie lands in Paris and neglects to call her father on the super-phone he's provided her, she's punished -- severely.
February 6, 2009
Mill's towering righteousness is just too much for this weak little film, whose only interest is in affirming the white patriarchal prerogative.
February 5, 2009
The action sequences start off great, but then they go too far over the edge of believability and plunge into the abyss of cartoon violence.
February 5, 2009
The usual vengeance-hunter plot, acting's sandblasted by action, and the movie rips through Paris like a One-Man Army American on a single-minded mission.
Top Critic
February 4, 2009
Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson.
February 3, 2009
Good premise but Neeson is just too much of a superman to take the story seriously.
February 3, 2009
As a righteous stand against the low-level terrorists who peddle flesh in the back alleys of Europe, the movie is a lurid sham, as slick and soulless as the myriad thugs Neeson dispatches with implausible ease.
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