Taken

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. 88
    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. There's a xenophobic element to Taken's premise, to be sure - the idea that travel, even to Western Europe, isn't safe for Americans, and that foreigners (Albanians, Arabs) are by nature shifty and sinister.
  3. 70
    A satisfying thriller as grimly professional as its efficient hero.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Neeson growls his way through the functional dialogue as an unstoppable killing machine in impressive, cold-eyed style.
  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 210
  1. Michaeli
    Dec 3, 2009
    10
    Thought it was excellent! Especially 'i will find you scene'. Maybe you got to be a parent to understand it!
  2. JakeM.
    Feb 17, 2009
    10
    The critics, once again, prove they have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. If you saw the ads for Taken, thought it was The critics, once again, prove they have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. If you saw the ads for Taken, thought it was going to be nothing but an action movie, then you will not be disappointed. However, if you take a second to examine the plot, you realize that it is inherently good and isn't as impossible as some plot elements in Bourne or Bond. Neeson plays the part wonderfully, and when he actually takes the time in between car chases, torture sequences, and firefights to display his character's personality, he goes all out. I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. Not nearly as hyped as Bourne or Bond, Taken will have you leave the theater forcibly, because you'll want to see it again and again. Expand
  3. May 19, 2012
    9
    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 thenLiam 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. kevinf
    Feb 21, 2009
    8
    A hugely entertaining rollercoaster ride as Neeson cuts a swathe through the Albanian criminal diaspora on the hunt for his abducted A hugely entertaining rollercoaster ride as Neeson cuts a swathe through the Albanian criminal diaspora on the hunt for his abducted daughter. Wildly un-PC but Bourne fans will love this one too. Expand
  5. Jul 7, 2013
    8
    a thriller that mixes action good sentiment and guns !
    Liam Neeson is excellent in taken in furious father
    Paris is his game field a movie
    a thriller that mixes action good sentiment and guns !
    Liam Neeson is excellent in taken in furious father
    Paris is his game field
    a movie to see now
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  6. Jan 24, 2013
    6
    Could have been a lot better. The first half is really engaging but the movie loses steam going into the second half. The ending could haveCould have been a lot better. The first half is really engaging but the movie loses steam going into the second half. The ending could have been more rewarding, too. Expand
  7. BC
    May 30, 2009
    0
    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 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 TIME...run for your life..save yourselves. Expand

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