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  • Summary: When his estranged daughter is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills, he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and rescue his daughter. (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Patrick Parker
    The beginning is a little slow, but after Neeson starts his hunt and does his best wrath-of-God impression, it doesn’t skip a beat.
  2. 75
    Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense.
  3. 70
    The delirious and sometimes nasty little pleasures that Taken offers don't hinge as much on surprise as they do on the action (which is crisp and fast, with a minimum of computer enhancement) and on the story's unabashedly sentimental underpinnings.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    In the post-Columbine age, far too many cops' partners have gone un-murdered. And too many unsuspecting daughters have freely traveled abroad, unmolested by foreign fiends. Leave it to the French to give Americans what we didn't realize we were missing.
  5. Propulsively outandish thriller.
  6. 42
    Taken's subject matter is too serious for an escapist chop-socky movie, and the sleazy, exploitative tone undercuts the thrills.
  7. 12
    A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it "Paycheck."

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 186
  1. Michaeli
    Dec 3, 2009
    Thought it was excellent! Especially 'i will find you scene'. Maybe you got to be a parent to understand it!
  2. JamesO.
    Mar 9, 2009
    This was a very good movie that everyone should go see and watch. I don't understand why critics rated it badly but then rated other junky films good. Expand
  3. May 19, 2012
    Liam Neeson does an exceptional job in this film. Love the way he bashes bad guys faces in while only breaking slightly more of a sweat then Bond. Good movie. Well worth your time Expand
  4. RussP
    Jun 24, 2009
    The chase is intelligent and intriguing. The action is gripping. The movie's fine script is well-performed by fine actors.
  5. CAEnt
    Jan 30, 2009
    Solid action all the way through. Neeson does a great job in this film.
  6. ClayT
    Jun 23, 2009
    Sure it's formulaic and farfetched, but it's so much fun who really gives a damn.
  7. BC
    May 30, 2009
    I don't even know where to begin...this movie is such a complete paint-by-numbers formula movie. Vacuous teen daughter played by a mid-twenties actress - CHECK; phony family situation where Dad has had life pass him by to only now realize it - CHECK; Director that uses shifty camera work to conceal poor chase and fight scenes - CHECK ; How sad and pathetic and what a complete waste of time. DON'T WASTE YOUR for your yourselves. Expand

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