Unknown (2011)

Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Liam Neeson elevates the proceedings considerably, but Unknown is ultimately too derivative -- and implausible -- to take advantage of its intriguing premise.

William Goss

May eventually surrender to convention and implausibility in equal measure, but until then, Collet-Serra grounds the conspiracy with a proper sense of mystery and mood.

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Jeannette Catsoulis

Neeson's comforting intelligence (and a marvelous turn by Bruno Ganz as an ailing former member of the East German secret police), are not enough to prevent the film from choking on obviousness and directorial fumbling.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Like Taken, it's the kind of flick that will play forever on cable.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The movie rather crumbles when it eventually has to deliver its secrets.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Unknown" obviously knows its limitations, and it doesn't bother to rise above them. It just keeps throwing the punches the audience wants and expects. It won't cure world hunger, but chances are it will sell a lot of popcorn.

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

As the film progresses, it becomes incomprehensible. The twists are too preposterous and the plot holes are too plentiful, making Unknown an absolute mess.

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David Denby
New Yorker

For about an hour or so, "Unknown" is intriguing.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The cat-and-mouse game that the filmmakers are playing with us is only partially successful because this thriller is only intermittently thrilling. Instead of being captivated by the twist and turns, we're more likely to be rankled.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

The thriller is fun and action-packed but a few major plot holes and a few lazy twists definitely weigh it down.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Liam Neeson plays another middle-aged superman in this frenetic movie full of overstylish action, but even if the mediocre plot begins relatively interesting,… More
Al S
An explosive knockout of a film. It's Taken meets The Bourne Identity. A sharp, stylish, intense and unbelievably unpredictable edge of your seat thriller… More
Nicki Marie
I thought it was okay at first, but gradually lost me. Still not entirely sure what was going on by the end, but found I didn't really care by then either.… More
Bruce Bruce
The typical role that Liam Neeson has become know for, excellent story line, plenty of action, awesome chase scenes. 5 stars
Candy Rose
After a car accident Dr Martin Harris (Liam) wakes up from a coma to find that his wife doesn't recognise him and another man has stolen his identity.… More
Daniel Perry
Plot twists aplenty in this film, and a staggering performance from Diane Kruger. It's a little comical to presume that the whole thing revolves around a… More