Taking Lives
Taking Lives (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 19, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A stylish, but predictable thriller where the only thrills are offered by the sensuous Angelina Jolie.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Would have to work nights to reach mediocrity.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

From the opening credits, it was nearly impossible to shake the feeling that Taking Lives was desperately trying to be the next Seven.

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Charles Taylor

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.

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Malene Arpe
Toronto Star

While not breaking any new ground, director D.J. Caruso's movie also doesn't disappoint.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A couple of genuine thrills but not for kids.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Nosedive it does, abandoning all pretense of style and eccentricity for at-times laughable predictability.

David Edelstein

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
It was okay. Ending ruined it and I had to rewind a few times as my attention kept wavering. Not an Angelina fan at all, but she's okay here, as is Ethan… More
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Kevin M. Williams
Angelina Jolie bringing the heat here as a FBI agent tracking down a clever serial killer. Its a by-the-numbers offering, the director DJ Caruso leading the… More
Red Lats
There are times knowing the schedule is detrimental to watching the movie. The movie sort of ended - they had the bad guy, but there was still 20 minutes left… More
Spencer S.
A rash of films appeared in the late nineties and early aughts that had beautiful women facing down serial killers. Like Jolie's earlier "The Bone… More
Albert Kim
Angelina Jolie strips for like no reason. horrible movie.

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