Taken Reviews

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November 17, 2011
February 3, 2011
It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.
February 7, 2009
You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.
Top Critic
February 4, 2009
Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson.
February 2, 2009
[Neeson's] performance is the most perturbing thing in the film, even more so than its electrical-torture sequence or its revelations about sex-trafficking.
February 2, 2009
It's the big, dolorous Neeson who makes the movie a keeper.
February 2, 2009
Don't be taken in by Taken.
February 2, 2009
The movie proves two things. (1) Liam Neeson can bring undeserved credibility to most roles just by playing them, and (2) Luc Besson, the co-writer, whose actioner-assembly line produced this film, turns out high-quality trash, and sometimes much better.
January 30, 2009
With some suspension of disbelief and a strong stomach, it's possible to get taken in, or at least absorbed, by this adrenaline-pumping action thriller.
January 30, 2009
You'll miss out on a good movie if you consider Taken just another January dumping.
January 30, 2009
If a movie's high points are a quick smack of carnage and a steely speech that everyone's already seen in the trailer, you know it must be January.
January 30, 2009
I won't tell you Taken is great, but it's great fun.
January 30, 2009
[Director] Morel keeps Taken moving swiftly. It's never dragged down by excess feelings; instead, it's powered by the potency of the right ones.
January 30, 2009
A fleet, no-nonsense rescue thriller from the crackerjack French director Pierre Morel, Taken is satisfying (1) for the Gaelic gravitas of its star, (2) its slam-bang chase scenes and bone-snapping martial arts, and (3) the scenic backdrops of Paris.
January 30, 2009
Some movies flirt with absurdity. Taken takes it to bed, and then out for waffles in the morning.
January 30, 2009
Next out of the January dreg-u-lator: A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it Paycheck.
January 30, 2009
Taken starts in low gear and almost immediately stalls out.
January 30, 2009
Neeson's better than this.
January 30, 2009
Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense, especially in the midst of the January movie doldrums. It provides the reckless thrills that Quantum of Solace lacked.
January 30, 2009
Taken is not the kind of action film to spend much time worrying about its pedestrian script or largely indifferent acting, so it's fortunate to have Neeson in the starring role.
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