Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Jan 12, 2012
    Several graphically violent scenes of women and children in jeopardy make this, ultimately, beneath contempt.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 13, 2012
    Contraband aims to be dumb fun but gets only the first half right.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 12, 2012
    It's exactly the sort of movie that Hollywood specializes in, the kind which seems on paper as if it ought to be entertaining, but winds up a massive and chaotic drag.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 11, 2012
    Heist, swindle, and other like-minded genre films thrive or flounder on the mechanics of their story's dangerously elaborate scheme, a fact ably proven by Contraband, a tale of high-seas smuggling without a clever thought in its leaden, derivative head.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 42
  2. Negative: 7 out of 42
  1. Feb 17, 2012
    Contraband is a cool crime movie. It is fun, dark, and suspenseful. Mark Whalberg has a great future ahead of him.
  2. Jan 16, 2012
    Not a horrible film, but not one I'd recommend either. It tried to be clever and suspenseful but failed. You pretty well know what your going to get from the trailer and the surprise plot twists were no surprise at all or they came completely out of left field and didn't advance the story. Another complaint I have with the film is the pacing. The action tried to feel non-stop and frantic but the story takes place over a couple weeks not days. It just didn't flow. All in all I paid matinee price on a lazy afternoon and I'm not asking for my money back. If your a big Mark Walburg fan you'll find less fault with it. Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Hidden amongst the many more highly anticipated action movies of the year, â Full Review »