Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 20
  2. Negative: 12 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 22, 2011
    55
    As Nathan, the teenage hero of Abduction, Lautner shows he's handy with stunts, many of which he clearly and impressively performs himself, and good with a fight scene. But when it comes to exchanges of dialogue, displays of emotion or just standing around, he's stiff and manifestly uncomfortable.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Sep 24, 2011
    50
    Director John Singleton offers bits of suspense, but Abduction is less a movie than a piece of engineering, a glumly ludicrous cat-and-mouse blowout designed to win Lautner male fans along with his girl demo.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Abduction puts Lautner in motion and never goes very far wrong as long as he remains in motion.
  4. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Odds are John Singleton doesn't know he's made one of the funniest films of the year.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Aside from such dutiful fan service, the film is a haggardly slapdash "Bourne Identity" knockoff, never rising above the level of basic competence.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 24, 2011
    42
    Singleton once radiated ambition and vision. These days, he seems to be aiming for mediocrity at best. Even by those extraordinarily lenient standards, the inessential, perfunctory Abduction falls short
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Sep 23, 2011
    40
    Abduction is just the third movie John Singleton has directed in the past decade, and it contains neither the passion nor the competence of his two previous genre efforts - "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "Four Brothers."
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 22, 2011
    40
    Singleton's action thriller has a decent sense of propulsion but, after a faintly intriguing start, the convoluted plot mechanics overwhelm everything else, making you feel you're watching a detailed blueprint for a movie, and an increasingly far-fetched one in the bargain.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 22, 2011
    38
    Filled with laughable dialogue, Abduction goes nowhere.
  10. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 29, 2011
    30
    Molina and Weaver, who, most of the time, perform brilliantly, move through Abduction as if on autopilot.
  11. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Sep 24, 2011
    30
    A blockhead espionage thriller from director-for-hire John Singleton.
  12. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 24, 2011
    25
    Perhaps the only way to approach Abduction that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached. There are laughs to be had, although none of them are intentional.
  13. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 24, 2011
    25
    Abduction is a crass and lowbrow attempt to cash in on a young actor's heat - an exploitation picture where the person being taken advantage of is too young to notice.
  14. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Sep 22, 2011
    25
    Taylor Lautner puts the abs in Abduction, but not much else.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 24, 2011
    20
    A ridiculously cheesy confection filled with unthrilling thrills, bored-looking adults and a comically overstuffed backstory.
  16. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 24, 2011
    20
    Twi-Hards shall attend en masse. Adults shall roll their eyes. And on our human comedy shall go.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 22, 2011
    20
    A sloppy, exploitative act of star worship created (if that's the right word for cynical hackwork) around Mr. Lautner, the pouty 19-year-old heartthrob of the "Twilight" franchise.
  18. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 23, 2011
    12
    Actual abduction may be preferable to the movie of the same name, but only if your kidnappers don't torture you by forcing you to watch it.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Sep 24, 2011
    10
    The new film Abduction has a lot of problems, but the biggest is the fact that no one gets abducted. Ever.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 24, 2011
    10
    A fourth-rate Hollywood thriller that bungles a lot of thievery from better movies, is entirely bereft of suspense or excitement and features a leading man who absolutely, positively cannot act.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 52
  2. Negative: 26 out of 52
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    0
    They lie when they call this a movie. A movie is supposed to ber entertaining, this drek was just teen targeted drivel. Save your time and money and pass on this turkey. The producer clearly thought that having a star from a twilight move was enough to carry the film, so there was no need for a script or plot. Full Review »
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    1
    A terrible "action flick with terrible "acting".
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    5
    I'll be honest. "Abduction" is a terrible teenage action movie, but it's not THAT bad. As AKoreanCritic said, Taylor Lautner isn't that bad; he was actually pretty decent in this movie. Don't hate on Lautner guys. Just because he starred in that **** vampire movie we have no right to hate him. Full Review »