(I) (2008)

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Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
There is no mythology, no irony, no real soul--just a Charles Bronson simplicity about the whole affair.
63
If there are any "24" fans who have wondered what the TV series might be like if Liam Neeson replaced Kiefer Sutherland, Taken provides an opportunity to have that question answered.
63
Taken shows Mills as a one-man rescue squad, a master of every skill, a laser-eyed, sharpshooting, pursuit-driving, pocket-picking, impersonating, knife-fighting, torturing, karate-fighting killing machine who can cleverly turn over a petrol tank with one pass in his car and strategically ignite it with another.
60
Variety
Neeson growls his way through the functional dialogue as an unstoppable killing machine in impressive, cold-eyed style.
58
Propulsively outandish thriller.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Might do good business at home and abroad among audiences unconcerned with the finer points of characterization or psychological insight.
50
Neeson's tormented weariness lends an air of dignity to the film's pulpy, grubby nastiness, but as striking as he is in action-hero mode, the truth is that Taken doesn't need dignity.
42
Taken's subject matter is too serious for an escapist chop-socky movie, and the sleazy, exploitative tone undercuts the thrills.
40
You do wonder how this commanding actor (Neeson)--who carries so much more conviction than the plot--felt about delivering the line "I'll tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to."
25
Taken? You bet.

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