Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Feb 27, 2014
    83
    Once you accept that he (Neeson) has the badge and gun, you’re in for an exciting trip.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Feb 26, 2014
    83
    Part locked-room mystery, part political allegory, Non-Stop is one of the most purely enjoyable entries in the ongoing cycle of Liam Neeson action-thrillers.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 28, 2014
    75
    It’s all fairly entertaining and eminently disposable.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 27, 2014
    75
    Non-Stop mostly works by being aware of what other jet-in-jeopardy flicks have done before, adding a spin here and there. Nothing Hitchcockian but more ambitious than a Neeson action flick needs to be.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 27, 2014
    75
    There’s a good measure of comedic relief doled out between the action sequences, e.g., Neeson coming up with an ingenious plan to placate the passengers when they’re on the verge of a rebellion. This is a movie that knows it’s not to be taken too seriously.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 27, 2014
    75
    The movie's fun. And now, thanks to our annual Neeson thriller, spring can come soon.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Feb 26, 2014
    75
    Once again Neeson is a straight-faced secret weapon. With his lion's roar and can-do fists, he grounds the film's more preposterous moments and makes them feel excitingly tense. At a certain point either you'll fasten your seat belt and go with Non-Stop's absurd, Looney Tunes logic or you won't.
  8. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Feb 26, 2014
    75
    Non-Stop isn't exactly a smooth ride, but as far it being the big screen equivalent of an airplane novel, one that you read on the flight and throw away when you get to your destination, it is wildly successful. Just don't think too hard about it.
  9. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Feb 26, 2014
    73
    A relatively high-flying adventure, injecting the always-entertaining airplane-set thriller with some fresh thrills and a cadre of characters worth getting invested in.
  10. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 27, 2014
    70
    Non-Stop is a crisp, efficient thriller that benefits greatly from the intangibles Neeson can be counted on to supply.
  11. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 27, 2014
    70
    Non-Stop doesn’t make any sense, but that’s expected, uninteresting and incidental to the pleasures of a slow-season Liam Neeson release as diverting as this one.
  12. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Feb 28, 2014
    63
    If I wanted to read my way through a film that features words dancing around the screen as if they were waltzing Post-Its, I would have sat through a foreign movie with subtitles instead.
  13. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 27, 2014
    63
    Non-Stop plays like what might happen if Michael Bay directed a screenplay developed for Alfred Hitchcock.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 27, 2014
    63
    While it takes stabs at realism, mostly in its use of cellular and computer technology, disbelief must be suspended for full immersion in this twisty airborne thriller.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 27, 2014
    63
    Writers John W. Richardson, Chris Roach, and Ryan Engle bet that the central hook — Who’s the bad guy? How’s he doing this? — will keep us paying attention. And they’re right.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 27, 2014
    63
    Luckily, Non-Stop has a way-above-average cast for this kind of nonsense.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 27, 2014
    63
    Non-Stop: It is what it is.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Feb 27, 2014
    63
    Collet-Serra, who directed Neeson in “Unknown,” has a knack for keeping things lively and moving forward. There are moments of humor, gripping action and real terror.
  19. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Feb 26, 2014
    63
    The latest collaboration between director Jaume Collet-Serra and star Liam Neeson is made with far more care and visual detail than you might expect.
  20. 60
    The key to a good B-mystery is that all the actors should be a little stilted. You should never know the difference between an actor acting badly and an actor doing a masterful acting job of someone acting badly. In Non-Stop, there is much excellent bad acting.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 28, 2014
    60
    It keeps you guessing, it keeps the tension ratcheted up, and it offers a dose of breathless -- if sometimes brainless -- suspense.
  22. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Feb 28, 2014
    60
    It's Liam Neeson at his Neesoniest, and yet another entry in his expanding late-career bloom into gruff and commanding action hero.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 27, 2014
    60
    The best twist is how Neeson’s growly presence makes a bumpy ride enjoyable.
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Shone
    Feb 26, 2014
    60
    Non-stop is the flimsiest of black box recorders, by contrast, that never threatens to make even intermittent sense, but it hangs together on the bulky shoulders of its star.
  25. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 26, 2014
    60
    Would that the climax lived up to the tension-filled first two thirds. Let’s just say that Non-Stop reaches for some pointed post-9/11 political commentary that almost entirely exceeds its grasp. Total brainlessness, in this case, would have been a virtue.
  26. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 26, 2014
    60
    Even in the movie’s most ridiculous moments, Collet-Serra keeps the pacing brisk and knows how to divert our attention with a well-timed bit of comic relief.
  27. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    50
    It's a completely average film that makes a few terrible choices.
  28. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Feb 28, 2014
    50
    Shot in grainy, unflattering closeups occasionally alleviated by flashily edited fight scenes, Non-Stop is no more or less than what it intends to be: the kind of midlevel brainless entertainment you might watch, between meals and naps, on an international flight. Try to enjoy the ride — and no texting, please.
  29. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 28, 2014
    50
    Non-Stop gets increasingly far-fetched as the jet makes its way across the Atlantic. Certainly, there are more red herrings on the plane than there are in the sea below. And Neeson has to stare down every last one of them.
  30. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    Much of the fun is awfully silly. The story strains logic, as well as credulity. It's been cobbled together, often crudely, from pieces of classic predecessors. (Here snippets of Hitchcock, there stretches of "Speed," with wings on the bus.) Yet the silliness parades itself in a spirit of cheerful self-awareness, while Liam Neeson fills the thrill quotient impressively as an air marshal.
  31. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    Thanks to him (Neeson), I not only enjoyed Non-Stop, but I'd watch it again. Particularly on a plane.
  32. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 26, 2014
    50
    Neeson’s innate dignity can often serve as a gravitational force for movies this ludicrous, but in a cabin filled with so much flying debris, he is but an ineffectual paperweight.
  33. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 26, 2014
    50
    A constant low-boil of ridiculousness both mocks and sustains Non-Stop, a jerry-rigged terror-on-a-plane thriller with a premise so far-fetched as to create a degree of suspense over how the writers will wriggle out of the knot of their own making.
  34. 50
    Non-Stop is a solid, workmanlike action picture that builds slowly, bends over backwards to over-explain itself and its villain, and delivers a lulu of an ending.
  35. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Feb 26, 2014
    40
    As suspicion shifts from passenger to passenger, the film starts to resemble a parlor-room whodunit, while logic becomes its first fatality. Fasten your seat belts before takeoff, because Non-Stop is a bumpy ride.
  36. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 26, 2014
    40
    There’s no rescuing Non-Stop from its own worse impulses. The likable Neeson’s implausible second act as an action star continues, but not in a believable direction.
  37. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Feb 26, 2014
    40
    A nifty lift-off and a tense first hour lead us, disappointingly, to a very bumpy landing. While Neeson and co. do their best, the script just doesn’t deliver where it really matters.
  38. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 25, 2014
    40
    In the end, Non-Stop is a waste of a perfectly good Neeson, and of our time and goodwill. Please make it stop.
  39. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 27, 2014
    25
    From the evidence presented here, this film's three screenwriters have not only never taken a commercial flight, they've never met any actual human beings. The details of air travel and human behavior are equally foreign to the film.
  40. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 27, 2014
    25
    All the tedium of an endless trans-Atlantic flight gets packed into the 105 minutes of Non-Stop.
  41. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Feb 24, 2014
    20
    Non-Stop is weak sauce, a cheapie snoozer that not even heavyweights like Neeson and Moore can save.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 257 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 82
  2. Negative: 8 out of 82
  1. Feb 28, 2014
    9
    I really enjoyed this film. The premise of the film might put you off, as it is the typical one man rescues a lot of people cliché, but you should give the film a chance. Neeson plays the character brilliantly and had a great supporting cast. Sure the story could have been a bit tighter but it still offers an exciting, tense and interesting film that kept the audience guessing. I mean at one point I was even suspecting an old lady! If you get the chance go see the film, it's worth a watch. Full Review »
  2. Mar 2, 2014
    7
    Great escape for these awful winter months in the East. Neeson's acting skills keep things believable, and the intricacy of the plot helps too. The supporting cast is very strong, so you can easily believe one minute that they are in on the plot and the next minute that they are innocent. Occasionally a little too schmaltzy, but only occasionally. Basically everything moves along at a fast pace and keeps your attention, and the movie gets better as it goes on and gets more hectic. Full Review »
  3. Mar 2, 2014
    10
    non stop is worth seeing . it has everything someone wants in a movie. liam neeson is great so is julliane moore . and the others . take your family to see it Full Review »