(2004)

Critic Reviews

38

Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
A certain genre of thriller depends more upon style and tone than upon plot; it doesn't matter if you believe it walking out, as long as you were intrigued while it was happening.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
If only Taking Lives had given Jolie a greater foil than Ethan Hawke -- a young Kevin Spacey or Jack Nicholson say -- the film might have been a B-movie classic.
63
New York Post
Smarter than your average serial-killer movie, thanks to unusually fleshed-out characters inhabited by a high- pedigree cast.
63
ReelViews
The movie voids a lot of good will with a cheesy ending. This is just the kind of denouement I was hoping Taking Lives wouldn't sink to, yet it does.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
Clearly, much care and intelligence have been lavished on discouraging, routine material.
50
Entertainment Weekly
After ''Seven'' and three ''Hannibal'' hits, the audience tolerance for baroque serial-killer flourishes has been duly amped. We require sustained creativity in our sick violence, and Taking Lives, after a token bit of ghastly foreplay, loses its life.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
The tense, stylish thriller turns into soft-core, slapdash psychodrama.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
If Taking Lives starts off with a modicum of wit and creepy-crawly scares, it winds up somewhere else altogether: in the cliche-strewn land of preposterous red herrings.
50
New York Daily News
Ho-hum, another serial-killer thriller. Even with Angelina Jolie thrown in for forensic sex appeal, this dog won't hunt.
25
If you can buy the pillow-lipped Angelina Jolie as a psychic FBI agent in Montreal to hunt a serial killer, then you can swallow the other implausibilities in this retread thriller.
25
The trouble with indulging Taking Lives is that it's taking your time.

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