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  • Summary: Ex-NYPD cop Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this isEx-NYPD cop Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Sep 19, 2014
    88
    A dynamite thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 18, 2014
    75
    For a good, straight-ahead noirish crime thriller, you could do a lot worse than A Walk Among the Tombstones.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 20, 2014
    75
    The white hats are stained dark gray as if by ashes and soot. The villains are twisted, cruel, and vile. The heroes aren't much better.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Sep 15, 2014
    60
    Exciting, in places, though a stranger to subtlety, it ticks all the genre boxes, but there’s something about its knowing noirisms that feels superficial rather than soaked-in.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 18, 2014
    60
    With the combo of Neeson’s natural solemnity and his action chops, “Tombstones” treads compellingly amongst lesser thrillers.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 18, 2014
    50
    The look, style and smarts of A Walk Among the Tombstones seem like such a refreshingly toned-down departure from the outlandishness of Neeson’s “Taken” franchise that it’s all the more dismaying when the film shifts radically into a sadistic tableau of blood and gore.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 16, 2014
    38
    All of Scott Frank's thematic concerns are little more than window dressing for a run-of-the-mill detective story in line with '90s thrillers like The Bone Collector.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Sep 21, 2014
    10
    A Walk Among The Tombstones is a taut, gritty and overall stylish thriller, that is a rare brilliance in book to film adaptations. Liam NeesonA Walk Among The Tombstones is a taut, gritty and overall stylish thriller, that is a rare brilliance in book to film adaptations. Liam Neeson plays a detective who gets a case to find out the killers of the client's wife, but slowly gets tangled with much more than he expected. The film is very well directed and written, Director Scott Frank did an awesome job with this feature and I want to see it 20 times more. AWATT is a gritty, awesome and excellent thriller that deserves a watch, even if it's for Liam Neeson. Expand
  2. Jan 8, 2015
    8
    I must say I was worried that Liam Neeson was becoming a typecast actor. Since Taken he has been involved in several action films like theI must say I was worried that Liam Neeson was becoming a typecast actor. Since Taken he has been involved in several action films like the A-team, Non-Stop and now two sequels to Taken. This role displays his serious side where he portrays a deep character that doesn't have to kill everyone he comes in to contact with in order to entertain the audience. These are the movies that Neeson should be doing now that he is well over 60 years old. Brian Astro Bradley also showed off some acting chops as Neesons young "associate". Astro made a name for himself being a contestant on the X factor but it looks like he may have a promising career in acting. A Walk Among the Tombstones is a great crime film. It really doesn't make you think too hard but it still has some shock value. This movie is certainly one of the underrated 2014 films. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2014
    8
    Probably Liam Neeson's best thriller so far! A brilliant dark thriller, that doesn't deserve the 5.8 rating it currently has. No cheesy lines,Probably Liam Neeson's best thriller so far! A brilliant dark thriller, that doesn't deserve the 5.8 rating it currently has. No cheesy lines, just a great detective hunt. This makes Taken look like a disney movie! Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2014
    7
    If you give this movie a really fair shot, it will surprise you. You cannot simply walk into this film wishing it to be like other "LN" films,If you give this movie a really fair shot, it will surprise you. You cannot simply walk into this film wishing it to be like other "LN" films, or with prejudgments because of a trailer or the attitude - it must fit into this category. This film is in a category of its own, with its own unique twist. All the negative reviews I have been reading so far, give me the impression some people were butt-hurt over the limited action sequences or perhaps even more rudimentary than that - a lack of good old fashion patience. Expand
  5. Jan 5, 2015
    6
    A classy,stylish film but with a weak plot and script to display. Liam Neeson is always convincing while doing a thriller movie more-over ifA classy,stylish film but with a weak plot and script to display. Liam Neeson is always convincing while doing a thriller movie more-over if its fast paced. This movie turned out real slow making it boring.

    The direction and Cinematography was something to appreciate.
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  6. Oct 16, 2014
    5
    This movie was a bit slow and thriller-like considering Liam Neeson is the main character playing a retired cop now private detective. He is aThis movie was a bit slow and thriller-like considering Liam Neeson is the main character playing a retired cop now private detective. He is a skilled and occasionally dynamic actor so this did not step out of his abilities. There was less hard nosed punch and shoot action than I expected. When Liam's character is asked to track down two demented killers who make drug dealers widowers he steps into more than he bargained for. The cast was well picked and well defined. The plot was not terribly complicated and coupling that with so many different characters and moving pieces sort of mashed it up a bit. There was a lot of weight put on the horrible killers but even to the end it is not all that clear why they did what they did and where they came from in the first place and why it is so important that they be stopped as opposed to other criminals Liam could be being paid to chase. Kind of trivializes things. Overall a cruel bloody tale of bad guys and who ever is not quite bad enough to be a bad guy. Liam Neeson carried dignity and grit as he always does. But I think this movie overextended its relevance in certain scenes, and didn't glaze it with enough action and/or pretty women to make you not notice. If you're a Liam fan like me, give it a try, if not, maybe worth a watch for free at the most. Expand
  7. Sep 19, 2014
    1
    I don't know where to begin in describing just what a bore and snooze fest is the film called A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. This is one ofI don't know where to begin in describing just what a bore and snooze fest is the film called A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. This is one of those rare Hollywood films that feels utterly amateurish and inert. The performances are all dreadful with no insight or depth. The story incomprehensible and quite simply dumb. And then there is hulking Liam Neeson slogging through it all. Stay away. Be warned. Unless a really good long nap. Expand

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