Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
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  1. Curiously, despite the ever-energetic Tony Scott at the throttle, the sleek new edition isn't as transporting as it should have been.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    60
    If Hollywood is going to remake a '70s movie, it might as well be Pelham, and it ought to work as competently as this one. But wouldn't it be nice, once in a while, for Hollywood to turn contemporary traumas into vigorous movies instead of hijacking the anxieties of the past?
  3. Watching this Pelham--a money job from its conception--you can believe that there's no other motivation on Earth.
  4. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    50
    Scott's redo comes up short in almost every regard against the '74 model--against David Shire's knuckled-brass score, against its mugs' gallery of '70s New York character actors, against Peter Stone's serrated script, and certainly against its wordless punchline.
  5. Reviewed by: John Swansburg
    50
    It's easy to imagine why Pelham's producers wouldn't want Scott's professional but dull picture to be compared with the 1974 classic.
  6. An efficiently engineered piece of studio product, enjoyable enough at times, but with an unmistakable assembly-line quality.
  7. Yet most of the film's energy is generated by flamboyant cinematography and music-video cutting, and much of that energy is false.
  8. 50
    Any chance to generate atmosphere or sustained comedy and melodrama goes down the tubes, often literally.
  9. If a few decent actors play their roles and defend their turf, it doesn't matter how preposterous the whole proposition is.
  10. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    40
    Pelham One was first class. Pelham Two stuck to the schedule. Pelham Three needs a bus pass.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 57
  2. Negative: 12 out of 57
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    7
    Despite the fact that the movie suffered painful cliches during the whole time, "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" is a great,fast paced remake ofDespite the fact that the movie suffered painful cliches during the whole time, "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" is a great,fast paced remake of the 1974 original (never saw it though). The movie's highlight you would want to watch is the frenzied cinematography of director Tony Scott as well as the tense acting of John Travolta and Denzel Washington. Full Review »
  2. Feb 1, 2011
    5
    I'm a fan of the book and '74 film starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. When I saw it it was a great idea of updating the setting toI'm a fan of the book and '74 film starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. When I saw it it was a great idea of updating the setting to post-9/11 New York. The acting from Denzel Washington and John Travolta is good and the film is like a ticking clock film. The biggest problem is that while the first 2 acts are strong, the third and final act turns into a cliche action movie with loses all the momentum. If they chose and final act similar to the book and original film it would of been a lot better. Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2010
    7
    The perfect rental. Not very substantial, but always entertaining and very intense when it needs to be. Denzel and Travolta's good/bad guyThe perfect rental. Not very substantial, but always entertaining and very intense when it needs to be. Denzel and Travolta's good/bad guy relationship is the star of the show here. Full Review »