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Metascore

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88
Premiere
The beginning is a little slow, but after Neeson starts his hunt and does his best wrath-of-God impression, it doesn't skip a beat.
75
I won't tell you Taken is great, but it's great fun.
75
There's a xenophobic element to Taken's premise, to be sure - the idea that travel, even to Western Europe, isn't safe for Americans, and that foreigners (Albanians, Arabs) are by nature shifty and sinister.
75
There is no mythology, no irony, no real soul--just a Charles Bronson simplicity about the whole affair.
75
Miami Herald
Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense.
63
Taken does have a few things going for it. At the top of that short list is Liam Neeson in the starring role.
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.
63
Not one to overstay its welcome, this suspenseful tale is an economic exercise in delivering the goods for those who are interested in a two-fisted Liam Neeson vehicle to soak up, bask in, and then leave behind as soon as it's over.
60
A brisk and violent action programmer that can't help being unintentionally silly at times.
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.
40
Neeson's better than this. You can't watch him here without thinking, Geez, every fight-choreography session could have funded "Love, Actually." This bash-the-door-down action scene likely took as long to film as "Kinsey." That gunfight required more stunts than all of "Schindler's List."

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