The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'The Taking of Pelham 123' is not a bad film: it's ponderous and shallow, but always watchable. But what it crucially fails to do, especially in the light of its illustrious predecessor, is justify its own existence."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"I was really disappointed by this."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"It's funny how Scott's trademark blurry quick-cutting - once considered so cutting edge - feels so dated now."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Thunderous, metallic, ominous, screeching sound effects add to the sensory perception that you're watching a megaton monster barreling toward a dramatic showdown."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"A valiant effort, but ultimately Pelham feels like little more than Washington's latest star vehicle, bound for Netflix after a short summer run."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Can a director be arrested for the attempted hijack of our emotions?"
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Whereas the original, directed by Joseph Sargent, was essentially a well-oiled B movie, the new incarnation, directed by Tony Scott, is bristling with high-tech gimcrackery and over-the-top camera flourishes."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A professionally mounted genre exercise which tries to please both thriller and social drama crowds, and suffers mightily as a result."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Veteran directorial fireball-hurler Tony Scott (Deja Vu, Top Gun) messes it up, as usual."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The fourth (and least effective) collaboration between Denzel Washington and Tony Scott..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Washington demonstrates his really remarkable ability to make us forget he's a movie star and completely believe he's a flawed but noble civil servant."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Set in a nightmare New York City, the subway hostage thriller batters our nerves like a tom-tom."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"You're so busy enjoying the sound and picture quality that you're inclined to forgive the film's missteps."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"This sort of thing by design devolves into two guys talking on a phone, which if it's got any chance of working requires strong actors to bring their characters to life. Which is probably where Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 succeeds best."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"In the post 9-11 New York City, it's a patently ludicrous suggestion that four machine-gun toting, sinister looking individuals can walk freely about the most heavily-guarded subway system in the world."
‑ Simon Foster,
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