Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Apr 25, 2013
    Director Kasper Barfoed defaults to intense replays of surveillance audio recordings, frantic strokes on computer keyboards, and standard-issue chases.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 25, 2013
    A predictable hodgepodge of uninteresting psychological cat-and-mouse, dimly lighted action.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 26, 2013
    The agent in this interesting little thriller — well played by John Cusack — is up to the Company’s usual dirty tricks.
  4. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Apr 21, 2013
    Sits awkwardly between shoot 'em up and psychological thriller without offering the excitement of either.
  5. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Apr 24, 2013
    In The Numbers Station, a joyless sins-of-the-government thriller, Cusack sinks to new depths of meditative glumness to play a black-ops agent nursing a guilty conscience.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 25, 2013
    This dreary spy drama is as flat and airless as the concrete bunker in which it unfolds.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 28, 2013
    Sentencing a sad-looking John Cusack and a hard-working Malin Akerman to roughly 90 minutes of solitary confinement in a poorly lit underground bunker, this glum, juiceless spy thriller is a by-the-numbers affair indeed, unlikely to find an audience on any frequency.
  8. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Apr 23, 2013
    There are some decent shootouts, but the movie's strongest assets are the soulful performances Danish director Kasper Barfoed, making his American debut, draws from Cusack and Akerman.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Aug 4, 2013
    Unfairly maligned by most everyone who seemed to be demanding Grosse Pointe Blank II. This definitely is not that movie. Also not the standard action thriller suggested by the trailer. It is a very good existential portrait of a spy/assassin ground down by the reality of his profession. Emerson Kent could be Martin Blank, 15 years later, if he had missed his high school reunion. Cusack's performance reminds me a bit of John Hurt's anxiety- ridden killer in The Hit (1984). Full Review »
  2. Jul 27, 2013
    Actually a really suspenseful movie new concept, no overly complex backstory, characters that aren't overexplained. John Cusack carries the movie, the bad guys are bad and believable, the narrative is structured for slow unveil. Worth watching. No clue why the critics hated it. Full Review »
  3. Sep 15, 2013
    And all the nonsense we do not even say that the actors brought this horror on their backs. I do not understand what he was director and screenwriter Do not Look! Anyone who does so, that would take! Full Review »