Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17

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  1. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Apr 29, 2013
    Don’t tell Liam Neeson, but someone had the gall to make a violent Euro-thriller about a rampaging American dad without him. And not a bad one either.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 16, 2013
    Depending on your age and memory, you’ll recognize cinematic DNA from everything from "Three Days of the Condor" to the "Taken" and "Bourne" franchises in this tale of a father and daughter on the run from an evil conspiracy.
  3. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    May 14, 2013
    A thriller whose storytelling ingredients are so familiar that one could watch it with the sound off and still know what's going on.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 5, 2013
    The film seldom pushes beyond the bare-minimum dictates of the thriller, only rarely offering up a memorable action sequence.
  5. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 19, 2013
    The result: Characters we genuinely care about are lost in a movie that almost dissipates before our very eyes.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 16, 2013
    Most people can only watch the same movie so many times. But Philipp Stölzl is clearly hopeful that when you’re done with “Taken” (and “Taken 2”), you’ll want more of the same. Should that be the case, this undistinguished but decent knockoff is ready to satisfy.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 7, 2013
    Eckhart’s status as the most likable too-handsome man this side of Chris Isaak will endure long after this film is erased from memory — which starts immediately.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Apr 6, 2013
    This semi-efficient, Belgian-set timewaster fuses Taken with Unknown, and almost works.
  9. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Apr 6, 2013
    Eckhart makes a decent Damon stand-in, but there’s nothing here than hasn’t been done (better) before.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jul 1, 2016
    The plot sounded like "Taken 2" but it was way different. A former spy type is hired by a big firm to test security products but after twoThe plot sounded like "Taken 2" but it was way different. A former spy type is hired by a big firm to test security products but after two months, the workplace is empty a la "The Game." Hard to believe. Then his paychecks disappear from the bank without a trace. Really hard to believe. So, what's going on? There's a side story about a bank robbery and slowly, the two come together. Other than the holes in the plot line, the story is a pretty good adventure/spy thriller. Full Review »
  2. Jan 8, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Been in something of an action thriller mood lately, but this film had me to the point where I actually groaned at some of the scenes. I'm not sure why they needed to the gimmick of having the daughter be on the rollercoaster with her CIA father, but it ruins what little they may have gained with Aaron Eckhart in the lead role.

    Often times when I see an actor or actress doing something wrong in terms of how to accurately portray emotions without appearing over the top, I blame the director, especially in an instance where I have seen the same actor nail a more difficult and confusing emotion. There are too many scenes in this movie where the players feel like they are being forced to try too hard. The worst offender (be it her own fault or not) is the young Liana Liberato some of the emotional change ups she conveys are just too unrealistic, even for a 14-15 year old girl that she is supposed to be playing. It would appear though that the director didn't coach Aaron in his role (which would make sense given as much star power as he has these days), as it seems he's the only one of all of them that gives a consistent and overall good performance.

    Erased, was likely a labor of love, for the writer Arash Amel and much care was taken to give the dialogue an authentic feel, however the delivery of the lines makes them feel campy and clichéd. Too bad that the director had to ruin his own movie so much.
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  3. Jul 28, 2013
    Erased was a halfway decent movie but it failed to deliver on many accounts. For one, the plot was incredibly weak, and this was a surpriseErased was a halfway decent movie but it failed to deliver on many accounts. For one, the plot was incredibly weak, and this was a surprise because the premise had so much potential. The concept of an ex-CIA agent turned blue-collar guy trying to make a living but getting duped by a shell company and having to fight for the survival of he and his daughter seemed very interesting. However, the failed execution due to poor writing where the only way the plot either progresses or reaches conflict is through character stupidity is a let down. The acting was solid by the entire cast, though I think Olga Kurylenko was underutilized. The action sequences were pretty legit as well. All in all, it's worth a free watch but if I would've paid money to see it, I would've been pretty disappointed. Full Review »