Taking Lives
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A female detective on the trail of a psychotic killer discovers love in a dangerous time in this thriller, based on the novel by Michael Pye. Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) is a special agent with the FBI who has a reputation for using offbeat methods, but also boasts a strong record as a criminal profiler. Scott is called in by a former Quantico colleague (Tcheky Karyo) to assist two Canadian police detectives, Paquette (Olivier Martinez) and Duval (Jean-Hugues Anglade), who are on the trail of a serial killer who has been doing business in and around Montreal for close to two decades. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Would have to work nights to reach mediocrity."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A couple of genuine thrills but not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A production which would rather scare its audience with gore than reel it in via a gripping whodunit."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"poor excuse for audience to waste time on a thriller whose makers have problems with understanding the meaning of the word "thrill"."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Jolie is far too good for this tripe but she does give the film its only believable moments, and for the first half, her concentration makes you watch her intently."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"While not breaking any new ground, director D.J. Caruso's movie also doesn't disappoint."
‑ Malene Arpe, Toronto Star
"Willfully stupid and obvious for most of its running time, this serial-killer thriller lulls the audience into one gasp-worthy, rug-pulling moment that, while stupid, isn't exactly obvious. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film's villain may take fictitious lives, but the film itself takes up real time that could be spent on better things."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Amir Mokri's purposely frantic (ie: jerky) camera work during action scenes irritates, but still 'Taking Lives' is a marginally diverting thriller."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Nosedive it does, abandoning all pretense of style and eccentricity for at-times laughable predictability."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Caruso is a much more resourceful director than this material deserves, but I resented being two steps ahead of the genius profiler and the genius serial-killer."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Could very well be mistaken for an Ashley Judd programmer."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Taking Lives won't kill you, but it will steal precious hours you'll never have back."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"When, at length, the promised climax does arrive, it will leave you gasping in astonishment, provided that you have never been to the movies before."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
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