Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 14, 2010
    88
    The photography and sound here are very effective in establishing that a train is an enormously heavy thing, and once in motion wants to continue. We knew that. But Scott all but crushes us with the weight of the juggernaut. We are spellbound.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    a 95-minute thrill ride from director Tony Scott, delivers the right level of adrenaline.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    a bang-up ride that means to wring you out. Mission accomplished.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    It takes a little while to pick up speed, but once Tony Scott's Unstoppable starts moving, it becomes a lean, efficient action flick.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 14, 2010
    83
    The real star here is the big, unmanned freight train sparking through Pennsylvania at 70 m.p.h. while carrying hazardous cargo. Best of all, the train doesn't have any dialogue.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    Unstoppable is edited for maximum impact without showboating. The central situation sustains the drama and the way it's filmed, and when that situation is over, so's the movie. More films should be this enjoyably functional.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 14, 2010
    100
    Who knew that Unstoppable would be sensational? Talk about well-kept- and welcome-surprises. Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term. It's a motion picture about motion, an action symphony that gives new meaning to the notion of a one-track mind.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 14, 2010
    90
    A runaway train drama that never slows down, it fashions familiarity into a virtue and shows why old-school professionalism never goes out of style.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 14, 2010
    63
    Scott shoots and edits Unstoppable with roller-coaster momentum and an eye (and ear) on that roaring tonnage of steel.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 14, 2010
    30
    It's manic and wearyingly predictable, and as soon as it begins, you know exactly how it's going to end: with a hard, fast crash (and the requisite yakkety epilogue).
  11. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Dec 14, 2010
    50
    Unstoppable is the slowest, talkiest movie you'll ever see about a runaway freight train loaded with toxic chemicals.
  12. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 14, 2010
    67
    As long as Unstoppable stays on the train, it's queasily effective.
  13. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 14, 2010
    70
    It's the kind of outrageous, excessive flourish that can make Mr. Scott's work so enjoyable in the moment. He doesn't do much, but with a handful of appealing actors in tow, he sure keeps that machine going.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    The runaway train thriller Unstoppable is one of Tony Scott's better films.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 14, 2010
    85
    The thrill of Tony Scott's Unstoppable, in which a runaway freight train hurtles through rural - and toward not-so-rural - Pennsylvania, is that its setup asks us to believe only in human ineptitude.
  16. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 14, 2010
    80
    Screenwriter Mark Bomback doesn't do much with the backstory scenes linking Pine and Washington to their worried families, but the main story is gripping, flawlessly paced, and nicely grounded in operational detail.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 14, 2010
    90
    The best blue collar action movie in who knows how long, this tense, narrowly focused thriller about a runaway freight train has a lean and pure simplicity to it that is satisfying in and of itself.
  18. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    If a movie can be both exciting and boring at the same time, that movie would be Unstoppable an adrenaline-infused runaway-train flick that perfectly distills director Tony Scott's talents and limitations.
  19. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    From the story itself to the way it's told, Unstoppable is a hymn to stylish, unpretentious competence.
  20. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    I wouldn't want to see five movies like this one each week but it's a cheeky, madcap joyride.
  21. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    this is a straight-ahead ticking clock thriller, with the usual Tony S. trademarks - punchy dialogue and men doing what needs to be done.
  22. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 14, 2010
    80
    With a movie like this, trying to guess how it ends isn't the point. Enjoying the ride is, and on that front, Unstoppable delivers.
  23. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    Tony Scott almost wins us over with this fun thrill ride.
  24. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 14, 2010
    50
    Unstoppable isn't unwatchable, but it is a letdown after "Speed" and some of the Speed-on-a-(fill in the blank with a vehicle) flicks that followed. Forget missing Hopper; even Keanu Reeves might make this movie more entertaining.
  25. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Dec 14, 2010
    83
    Director Tony Scott's runaway-train action flick Unstoppable is semi-remarkable for what it doesn't contain.
  26. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    Once it gets rolling, Unstoppable doesn't pause for breath.
  27. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Dec 14, 2010
    70
    Unbeatable entertainment if you want to climb on board for the ride.
  28. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    Scott paces the film like its mechanized star: deliberately and, ultimately, with enough speed to keep its passengers satisfied.
  29. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Dec 14, 2010
    50
    Though inspired by a real incident, the movie is an opportunistic political allegory about an economy that's out of control and industries that are weakened by layoffs, under-staffing and corporate callousness.
  30. Reviewed by: Mathew DeKinder
    Dec 14, 2010
    50
    This movie is Denzel Washington stopping a speeding train devoid of subtext, blunders and earth-shattering revelations about the human condition. It is precisely as entertaining as it sounds; no more, no less.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 241 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 74
  2. Negative: 10 out of 74
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    7
    The movie "Unstoppable" is a train itself. It frantically speeds up with a powerful pace and a active engine. Its......Unstoppable.
  2. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    4
    Predictable and cheesy acting. Almost feels like a bad 80's movie. The movie, moreover, had it's moments of suspense.
  3. Sep 21, 2011
    1
    How this movie gets an average that pushes it into the green scores from the 'professional' critics makes me question exactly how corrupt theyHow this movie gets an average that pushes it into the green scores from the 'professional' critics makes me question exactly how corrupt they are; more than I thought, apparently. Swag must be good.
    I agree with JamesL that "Denzel has quit acting". I hope he gave his salary to charity. A-listers are responsible for what projects they choose, period. He's the most powerful person on this project, it's his fault.
    Stupid movies make everyone stupider, and our eye-holes are chock-full of them since I don't know when.
    Critics, I hope you soon join politicians and lawyers and wall street pirates as the most despised professionals, 'cause most of you are dirt.
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