Taken (2009)

An ex-soldier (Liam Neeson) traveling through Europe embarks on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after the young girl is abducted by slave traders in District B13 director Pierre Morel's contemporary thriller Taken.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Taken is undeniably fun with slick action, but is largely a brainless exercise.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

[Neeson's] performance is the most perturbing thing in the film, even more so than its electrical-torture sequence or its revelations about sex-trafficking.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The movie was awesome and definitely a must see.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's the big, dolorous Neeson who makes the movie a keeper.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

As Kim, Maggie Grace is a bit old to convincingly portray a boppy underage teenager, although she appears to be giving her best to a one-dimensional role that essentially disappears during the movie's slam-bang midsection.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Don't be taken in by Taken.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Neeson stars in the sort of part Harrison Ford would have gotten ten or fifteen years ago.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Liam Neeson is a complete bad ass mfer in this move!! The worst part about this movie is the premise, as a father of two girls it scares the living daylights… More
xGary Xx
A retired ex-secret serviceman is trying to make amends with his estranged daughter when she is kidnapped in Paris by white slave traders. Taken is on paper a… More
Dan Schultz
A fun, adrenaline rush of a thriller about a former CIA agent (Liam Neeson) whose daughter is kidnapped in Paris and sold into the sex slave world, forcing him… More
Sanjay Rema
I dislike traditional action flicks, and this is a pretty traditional one. Not much to like here, the story isn't especially gripping and it even gets… More
KJ Proulx
Both incredible and terrible, "Taken" will always hold the titles of 'over-hyped." I really don't understand the hype of this film,… More
Daniel Mumby
In my review of Unknown 18 months ago, I spoke about how actors can often have a second, very different career after their initial fame or recognition has… More