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  • Summary: One of those legendary train trips that people used to dream about taking, the Transsiberian Express has probably seen better days. An American couple, Roy and Jessie, decide to return home the long way from their recent sojourn in Peking and meet another couple from the West, Carlos and Abby, with whom they quickly form that tenuous bond that often unites fellow travelers away from home. When Roy gets separated from the train at a stopover, Jessie begins to realize that their compatriots aren’t exactly who or what they seem to be. But the real dangers of their unforgettable trip have only begun to surface; Russian cops, mobsters, and locals are still to come. (First Look Studios) Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 88
    One hell of a thriller. It's not often that I feel true suspense and dread building within me, but they were building during long stretches of this expertly constructed film.
  2. 83
    Though Anderson's storytelling gets murky at times, it's still a fine showcase for his versatility, adding to an impressive, under-the-radar résumé that includes the underrated science-fiction comedy "Happy Accidents" and the first-rate horror film "Session 9."
  3. 80
    Anderson and his very fine cast keep things chugging along at a breathless pace, complete with a midfilm reversal of fortune nearly as unexpected as "Psycho's" shower scene. All aboard!
  4. In the riveting Transsiberian, a train of that name adds international intrigue to the mix.
  5. 75
    Brad Anderson's Transsiberian is a genuine sleeper that jump-starts an almost extinct genre.
  6. Reviewed by: Jamie Tipps
    Mortimer delivers as a mentally disintegrating wife, but it's Harrelson who provides the most fun, playing against type as the down-home Roy.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Just as nasty as the titular mode of transport is the script's wanton declaration of theme and a cynical and fashionable belief in moral grayness that may complement the frosty setting but nonetheless feels easy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. JimC.
    Nov 15, 2008
    A fabulous movie with great acting, a mysterious plot that keeps one quessing and interesting scenery. Too bad it didn't make it to the big screens. Expand
  2. GavrilL.
    Sep 9, 2008
    Great thriller....this a the sleeper of the year.
  3. RichR
    Dec 15, 2008
    This is a pretty good movie. I really liked the female lead, and I always like Woody Harrelson, who's essentially a comic actor, right? I mean, who could play a more clueless dork??? He still hadn't quite figured out what was going on by the end of the movie. But I loved the scenery and all the colorful local characters, Russian or not. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure this was filmed in Russia, but no matter. Expand
  4. KarinM.
    Jul 30, 2008
    A really interesting and exciting movie, should be more popular.
  5. TomR.
    Nov 6, 2008
    I was never sure which genre this plot would twist into - the dining car-door scene totally unsettled me - I felt like Roy looked shortly after. Smashing film. Expand
  6. JayH.
    Oct 31, 2008
    Good thriller, plenty of suspense, fine performanes and a story that will hold your interest. It is not particularly original but it's handled professionally. Good score and cinematography. Expand
  7. Dec 23, 2012
    Terrible, terrible film. Desperately tries to be offbeat and sinister. Fails completely. Awful script, awful characters, awful acting. Please do not listen to the critics who are paid good money to pander to rubbish like this. Expand

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