Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. 38
    This film isn't an enjoyable martial-arts extravaganza like "District B-13" or the "Transporter" films.
  2. Taken starts in low gear and almost immediately stalls out.
  3. Cowriters Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (Gladiator) saddle Neeson with indigestible dialogue and preposterous situations.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    25
    Don't be taken in by Taken.
  5. 12
    A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it "Paycheck."
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 442 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 188
  1. TonyC
    Feb 17, 2010
    8
    Taken is "slow" at the beginning FOR A REASON. It must make you CARE about the man's daughter and the relationship with the father. Otherwise you won't be invested in the outcome. How can these critics not realize this? Taken is NOT about a former CIA agent rescuing his daughter. That's the location. It's really about an estranged parent and the lost love of a child and not giving up no matter how hard it is to repair that. Saving your bond with your child is tough but worth it. C'mon movie critics should know that! Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2011
    5
    The movie is surprisingly good if you look at decent standards. However if you think harder, you would suspect that the movie's a kinda bit... shallow? Full Review »
  3. Feb 16, 2011
    8
    Surprisingly well done, and very intense. Liam Neesen does and excellent job playing the role of the action hero. The James Bond franchise should look at this movie and take some pointers. Full Review »