Kidnapped Reviews

  • (Kidnapped movie review at New York Times)

    New York Times

  • Starting as a coldly realistic thriller, this film eventually loses its bearings as the director Miguel Angel Vivas succumbs to a fit of nihilism, transforming "Kidnapped" into gruesome tit-for-tat torture porn.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • As most of Kidnapped is devoted to watching people in extreme duress, leaving room for little else, it follows that the film exists solely to be "intense."

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Survival horror has rarely been approached so sparingly and yet, for all there is to admire... the initial sense of potential suspense gives way to the creeping contempt of familiarity.

    William Goss — Film.com

  • My eyes never left the screen and my attention never wandered; in a restricted, technical sense of the term, "Kidnapped" is a masterpiece.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

  • Gripping but grueling, this Spanish debut feature scores on technical prowess but its nihilistic viciousness is hard to take.

    David Rooney — Hollywood Reporter

  • Suffers from unlikable characters and an overkill in violence and brutality.

    Felix Vasquez Jr. — Cinema Crazed

  • If you need to challenge your personal threshold for watching realistic human suffering, then look no further than this nihilistic Spanish home invasion thriller.

    John Gholson — Cinematical

  • this is the horror of hopelessness and nihilism made thrillingly visceral, without any of the distancing buffers of monsters or the supernatural.

    Anton Bitel — Little White Lies

  • Kidnapped is a middling film, although it does have some impressive elements.

    Thomas Caldwell — Cinema Autopsy

  • Plenty diverting from a stylistic perspective, but the story behind the flair is positively stone-age.

    Shaun Munro — What Culture

  • Vivas, by generally refusing to cut, imbues Kidnapped with more gory details than the average thriller. The narrative cost at which this verisimilitude comes, however, seems a touch too high.

    Jeremy Heilman — MovieMartyr.com

  • More a grim, crafty exercise rather than anything deeper, but it still delivers the desired impact.

    Dustin Putman

  • Kidnapped proves to be the rule and the exception as writer/director Miguel Angel Vivas has a few tricks up his sleeves on the fringes of the same old ones.

    Erik Childress — eFilmCritic.com

  • While Kidnapped doesn't add anything substantially new to the tradition, Vivas hits his marks with ruthless efficiency.

    Noel Murray — AV Club

  • Truthfully, the picture is punishment, often stumbling into superfluous rage, but there's plenty of slick filmmaking mischief here to examine when the movie gets sloppy with harsh acts of shock value.

    Brian Orndorf — BrianOrndorf.com

  • Relies on the nerve-wracking effect of women's screams and hysterical sobbing for tension...an exercise in audience torture more than anything else.

    Marshall Fine — Hollywood & Fine

  • Some kind of napping for sure...

    Joshua Rothkopf — Time Out

  • Whereas Vivas's aesthetic is initially intimate, a raft of split-screens and circuitous tracking shots soon call undue attention to themselves.

    Nick Schager — Slant Magazine

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