(2012)

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75
The cast is uniformly capable and dead serious, and if you're buying what Luc Besson is selling, he's not short-changing you.
70
Moviegoers who liked Taken and want more of the same will get precisely that.
70
Granted, the film lacks the kicky element of surprise that made the first movie so enjoyable, but it's hard to gripe too much. Taken 2 aims to be a fast-paced, workmanlike sequel that shows off its charismatic leading man, and that's exactly what it does.
50
Boxoffice Magazine
Taken 2 is 91 minutes of "See Neeson kill-kill, Neeson kill!"
50
None of it is particularly novel or exciting.
50
It's fun enough on its own relatively low-budget merits, but it's really nothing to die – or kill – for.
40
"What are you going to do?" wails Maggie. "What I do best!" growls Liam. Yet while it's fun to watch him take out the Eurotrash, we've seen him do it better.
40
The first one offered the novel sight of Oskar Schindler going Commando. Unfortunately, this half-hearted sequel is low on novelty and lower on fun.
40
Village Voice
Taken 2 rarely embodies the values of concision and focus that it extols, and any breathing room from the hurtling narrative illogic only allows the audience opportunity to notice slips in Mills's father-knows-best infallibility.
38
Slant Magazine
Some of the basic pleasures of the original remain intact (nobody shoots up a small room of bearded Eastern European men like Neeson), but ultimately the film feels compromised.

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