Transsiberian

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    88
    This is one train that you shouldn't miss.
  2. 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.
  3. 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."
  4. A vigorous, fast-paced tale that entwines plot with character and psychology set against an incredibly exotic backdrop.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    An engagingly up-to-date melodrama steeped in local color and steered by a treacherous sense of morality.
  6. 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!
  7. 80
    Mortimer gives a terrifically keyed-up performance that is nicely complemented by the wholesomely chipper Harrelson, who seems to be drawing inspiration from Fred MacMurray's gallery of Disney dads.
  8. 80
    All in all, the film is an excellent, if modest, alternative for moviegoers who have been blockbustered into submission this summer.
  9. With top-notch performances (especially that of Mortimer) and the gray of the Siberian wilderness providing an apt backdrop for the movie's gray zones of morality, Transsiberian is on a great track.
  10. 75
    Brad Anderson's Transsiberian is a genuine sleeper that jump-starts an almost extinct genre.
  11. The execution is masterful and even as you see the building blocks of the climax being put into place, it's a delight to watch them fit JUST SO.
  12. In the riveting Transsiberian, a train of that name adds international intrigue to the mix.
  13. Manages to pull off a couple of startling surprises.
  14. 75
    Unlike so many Hollywood thrillers, which too often rely on implausible or telegraphed twists, Transsiberian is carefully structured and designed to make sense when you replay the events in your head.
  15. 70
    Mortimer delivers as a mentally disintegrating wife, but it's Harrelson who provides the most fun, playing against type as the down-home Roy.
  16. Until it fizzles in an anticlimactic train crash, it is extremely entertaining.
  17. Who doesn't have a sweet tooth for intrigue on a train?

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Aug 11, 2016
    6
    Transsiberian is a fine film with solid performances from the entire cast, however, the proceedings fall apart a bit in the second half.Transsiberian is a fine film with solid performances from the entire cast, however, the proceedings fall apart a bit in the second half. During the first half, the film is packed with tense thrills and incredible amounts of mystery, keeping you glued to your seat. However, in the second half, the film falters heavily. The tricks it pretended to have up its sleeve with not nearly worth it or downright predictable. At their worst, the plot elements in the second half become outlandish and wildly implausible, plus without reasonable explanation as to how certain things happen. Instead, the film opts to rush its ending a bit and skip ahead, but the pieces it skips would make the ending actually make more sense. Instead, the film is emotionally distant and keeps the audience at an arm's length, keeping us in the dark while it feels as though the characters know more than we ever will. That said, the film half is very well executed and incredibly tense. The acting is good throughout, plus the cinematography is quite good and the production design is very strong, especially aboard the train. Overall, Transsiberian hits the brakes and skids on the tracks in the second half, but its strong first half comes close to overcoming those problems. Full Review »
  2. Jun 11, 2015
    6
    "Transsiberian" is a well-acted and beautifully-shot thriller that manages to keep its viewers on their proverbial toes, even if moral"Transsiberian" is a well-acted and beautifully-shot thriller that manages to keep its viewers on their proverbial toes, even if moral ambiguity may hamper character development. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2014
    4
    No idea why this film has such a high score . Nothing interesting really during two hours. It tries to be sinister but it does not goNo idea why this film has such a high score . Nothing interesting really during two hours. It tries to be sinister but it does not go anywhere. Poor acting mixed with poor characters also doesn't help. Full Review »