Taken 2 is a dud.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Seems like a nonstop car and foot chase, with Albanian after Albanian falling victim to Bryan's remarkable aim and hand-fighting skills.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
Taken 2 is a rehash of the original. Fortunately, they're leftovers from a fine first course.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
A sequel every bit as clumsy, ham-handed, outlandish and laughable as the original was sleek, tough and efficient.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
It's a stupid movie by smart people who aren't smart enough to realize it's stupid.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Any breathing room from the hurtling narrative illogic only allows the audience opportunity to notice slips in Mills's father-knows-best infallibility.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
As they might say in the advertising department, it's an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. But it could have been much more.
John Anderson - Wall Street Journal
It's the same movie, second verse, but unfortunately with far less suspense this time around.
Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News
This film, lazy and mismanaged as it is, just feels like the only thing that's going to get taken unjustly is your money.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
The cast is uniformly capable and dead serious, and if you're buying what Luc Besson is selling, he's not short-changing you.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
"Taken 2" is so much lousier than need be, and its action sequences look as if they were put together by someone who doesn't know what he's doing.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Rigorously formulaic and far-fetched ...
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Why an actor of Neeson's ability would play this character once, let alone twice, is a mystery for the ages.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The one thing that comes across is Neeson's character really likes fighting Albanians.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
If a viewer enjoyed the exotic locale and fast-paced action in the original film, here they get a different city and even more amped-up happenings, with a plot that intrigues enough to reel a viewer in.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
Neeson, despite having turned 60 in June, looks spritely enough in the role, and more than capable of another go-round should Taken 2 match its predecessor's success.
Charles Gant - Variety
There doesn't seem to be a whole lot at stake in a movie where you can crash your way through the armed barricades at the American embassy with a stolen taxicab and survive without a scratch.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The first thing to be kidnapped is logic, as the action moves to Istanbul from Paris and Liam Neeson ridiculously reprises his role of avenging ex-CIA dad Bryan Mills.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Just a mediocre action franchise with a solid actor at the head and a travelogue in its heart.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
A meta-American movie, a Godardian spoof of the whole genre, an attempt to see how stupid and insulting a motion picture can be and still be a big hit.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
So lazily put together that it relies on flashbacks from its predecessor for the majority of its character development.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Taken 2 is more of the same, except a little bigger, a little dumber, and a little less invigorating.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Moviegoers who liked Taken and want more of the same will get precisely that.
Bernard Besserglik - Hollywood Reporter
A sloppy, lazy, unintentionally laughable sequel.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
[Neeson's] acting makes him seem human and even vulnerable, someone we can't help but worry over even though it's those feckless Albanians we should be nervous about.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
More of the same, but what's in its favor, is Neeson's never-failing man's man toughness, which goes a long way in making for an entertaining film.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
The follow-up has less action, less energy, less Liam Neeson awesomeness - in other words less of everything that people liked about the first one.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
I surrender! I simply cannot absorb another fist, bullet or knife thrust into my atrophying brain by a hyperventilating Liam Neeson in the name of his stupid, twitty movie daughter, Kim.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
"Taken 2" is really, really goofy -- it's even goofier because it thinks it's about the futility of vengeance -- but Liam Neeson almost makes you buy it.
Tim Grierson - Deadspin
Taken 2 is content to play out as a familiar and lesser version of its predecessor.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Good action. Neeson rocks as the death-dealing American ex-spy. What else do you need? Maybe "Taken 3″ isn't such a bad idea.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
Taken 2 is a pointless sequel that tries to capitalize on everything that worked in the first film, without actually including any of it.
Jeremy Lebens - We Got This Covered
This is a halfway decent action film, but I do hope if they make another sequel of this, they make a better one.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
More is definitely less in this sequel.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Yeah, 'Taken 2' is pretty much the same movie that 'Taken' was. Like its predecessor, it's preposterous and over-the-top. And, boy, is this actioner ever just plain fun.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
If there were any justice in the world, this would be the movie inspiring mass riots. It's that bad.
Rebecca Cusey - Patheos
On the evidence of this cheesy sequel, Neeson is in danger of becoming the new Steven Seagal.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Despite some pretty silly plot holes, this is a relatively entertaining hour and a half.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
If you lie with dogs, you get fleas; if you go to Europe with Liam Neeson, you get kidnapped.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
... less credible, less suspenseful and less satisfying than it was before.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Unfortunately -- and somewhat embarrassingly for the human race -- there appears to be a sizable market for movies as blitheringly idiotic as this.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Like American filmmakers, it seems the French don't know when to quit, either.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
There's an endless car chase that somehow manages to run 100 minutes in a 90-minute movie. Unless my math is way off, in which case it just felt that way.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Hard-luck bodyguard Liam Neeson is back in action, this time tracking down his abducted wife in Istanbul in an efficient sequel to the hit Taken.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Still delivers what the fans want to see: Liam Neeson being a total badass.
Liam Maguren - Flicks.co.nz
Neeson Caters to his Audience in Taken 2.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Megaton ... could use some more lessons in directing as he bombs in his strained efforts to recreate Pierre Morel's original.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
If you're hoping for even a hint here of the original's appeal, allow me to quote the immortal words of Marko from Tropoja: 'Good luck.'
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Liam Neeson's muscular dad is still in good shape but the sequel's flabby.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Compared to the balletic savagery of the first Taken, what we see here is far less intense, or creative.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
I would have liked more insight into the characters but the heavy doses of action do entertain.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
And why is it always the Albanians that cause trouble? In this film, Brian seems to have pissed off every Albanian on the planet except for Jim Belushi!
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Taken 2 shows there's just enough juice in this formula to fuel a solid sequel. Any more Mills family kidnappings, though, and things will quickly descend into farce.
Christian Toto - Big Hollywood
This sequel just comes off as rushed and very lazy in terms of plotting. If [the writers] had taken their time with it, they would have seen that the story is full of holes and that it was lacking the essential elements to engage the audience once more.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
A passable yet underwhelming sequel...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Another perfect example that some sequels are a very bad idea.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
There wasn't really anywhere for the story to go after 2008's surprise hit Taken, and this movie quickly proves that. Not only does it have that same appalling moral vacuum at the centre, but the plot becomes increasingly absurd as it progresses.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Jaws: The Revenge, with Albanians.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Fans of the previous film are likely to be left with a distinctly sour taste.
When Liam wants to kill the bad guys he just wraps his schvantz around their necks and strangles them to death.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Generic and mind-numbing, it leaves the door open for another, perhaps inevitable installment.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Shortcomings aside, this rattles along entertainingly and, at barely 90 minutes, doesn't outstay its welcome.
David Aldridge - Radio Times
There is virtually no plot, just a succession of screeching chases and absurdly violent fights, some risible sleuthing and a great deal of talking on mobiles.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
This latest installment in the Liam Neeson Punching Things franchise...it is talkier, feels longer, is shakier and just feels less satisfying.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
As much as this picture is action driven, its greatest delights are grounded in personality, in the fun of having a protagonist who combines homespun values with velociraptor functionality.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A hilariously bad, ostensibly serious movie.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
exactly what I expected and wanted from the experience
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The fight moves are so brief and contained that Angela Lansbury could manage them without risk of hernia.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
There's nothing here that wasn't already accomplished better the first time around.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
After the setup, the movie's scenarios alternate between routine and ridiculous.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Utter nonsense, a film that plays like a cross between Seth MacFarlane spoofing the first film on Family Guy and MacGyver fan fiction (although nowhere NEAR as much fun as that might make it sound).
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
One series of dumb, overly convenient action scenes after another...it fails critically even in the action department, thanks to lots of confusingly fast zooms and rapid-fire cuts, making it virtually impossible to tell who's hitting or shooting at who.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
It's not good, but with the right sort of mindset, it can be cheerfully endured.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Neeson is once again the stalwart center of this giddy, entirely improbable and improbably enjoyable escapade.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Feels like more of the same, and not in a good way.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
It appears that when Luc Besson wants to kill one of his promising franchises, he calls in Olivier Megaton to do the dirty work.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
A good, solid, "B" level entertainment.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Why are the bad guys going after him at all? They know what he can do. Just avoid him; if you do go after him don't kidnap his family, you just kill them. Morons. Oh, and then Maggie Grace throws grenades off the roof.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
It's unlikely that moviegoers will be quite as taken by the experience this time.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
This felt like watching the US blow the Ryder Cup. Everything that could go wrong did, anytime there was a chance to make a play it failed, and the participants looked like they really didn't give a shit.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
They left it open for another installment --- YIKES! The thought of "Taken 3" is too much to bear!
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The only thing taken in this dreadful sequel is the audience.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
There's a moment in Taken 2 when Neeson's profile resembles John Wayne.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
'Taken 2' is ridiculous, but at least Liam Neeson knows it.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
I'm pretty sure the French director is playing this movie entirely for laughs.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The ludicrous plot devices that allow Mills to go from point A to point Z insult the intelligence of the character and the audience.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It's fine, it works, it does what it sets out to do, but don't expect to be able to tell it apart from the first Taken.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
The movie is atrocious, but Taken 2 is absurdly amazingly entertainingly horrific.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Films like this don't need a lot of logic to survive but credibility goes out the window a few minutes after it starts and never returns.
John Hanlon - John Hanlon Reviews
The emotional connection from the first film lingers long enough to keep this new one going for about an hour and a half.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
As absurd as it is..., no one who is an action fan is likely to be disappointed. They may laugh at it, but they won't be yawning.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
In nature, lightning occasionally strikes the same place twice. In the movies, it almost never happens.
Taken 2 is a tedious rehash of the same bad writing, acting and editing of the original.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
At least the bruised and battered Neeson takes our minds off the perfunctory screenplay.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
This is one sequel that should be Taken 2 the dumpster behind the theater, and tossed in with the rest of the rotting leftovers.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It understands what it's there to do: to make carnage suspenseful and revenge dramatic. And, in the most elemental way, it succeeds.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Watching sexagenarian action man Liam Neeson lurch through Taken 2 reminds us that there was at least one dude missing from the cast of The Expendables...suffers from chronic franchise fatigue.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
"Taken 2" is nearly all nonsense, with villains so inept and slow-moving that there's little satisfaction in watching Mills take them out.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
"Taken 2" triples the budget of the original but not necessarily the entertainment.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
It's fun enough on its own relatively low-budget merits, but it's really nothing to die -- or kill -- for.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The issue here is still the threat of a child being raped and murdered just sits uneasily in contrast to jokey situations about that daughter starting to date.
Best enjoyed by those with short memories and a longing for needless excess.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
This one was done by the aptly named Olivier Megaton, and he's done well with his brief, which requires him to keep the action flowing seamlessly and preposterously while showing off as many tourist sites as possible.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
If you love Taken for NOTHING but Neeson's action chops, chances are you'll be adamantly indifferent about Taken 2. For the rest of us, it's the sequel we all saw coming, unfortunately with the outcome we also expected.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
Unfortunately, most of the action is overzealously edited, to the point of incomprehensibility, but Neeson's purposefulness and menacing voice provide the framework for a performance.
Craig Mathieson - The Sunday Age
doesn't just strain credulity, it snaps it smartly in two, ties it into a series of bow-knots, and then torches them while laughing with maniacal glee.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Neeson's soft-spoken Angry Dad routine has been flattened into burlesque, giving him little to do but alternate between bumbling dork and efficient killer.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
Pretty much the direct opposite of everything that was right about the first film. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
I didn't believe it. It was just too utterly, utterly implausible.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
After seeing Taken 2, you'll feel as if your time and money has been kidnapped, drugged and forced into the sex trade.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
This is a pretty cliched affair, although it's an effective sweaty palm experience.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Basically a loose, lesser remake of its predecessor, there is the cloying sense that what is being watched is extraneous and unnecessaryand really, really loopy.
Good fun, and very oriental.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
If it's an enjoyable action yarn you're after, best rent the first one.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
The stop-start narrative fails to build momentum and tension and there are no stand-out action scenes, although Neeson is as commendably straight-faced and determined as ever.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Dumbing down doesn't come much dumber than this.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Taken 2, taken to where? Taken to the cleaners? In the original movie, Bryan Mills had 96 hours to save his daughter, in the sequel it seems like they have spent 96 minutes on the script.
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
More of the same from Liam Neeson, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Scott Collura - IGN Movies
It's virtually the same movie as the first and once again, it's simultaneously ridiculously entertaining and just plain ridiculous.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
What was fresh and exciting in the original film is embalmed in a mechanical reproduction that insists against all logic the same thing happens in yet another foreign country.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
It's essentially the same movie as the first one- only less so. Regurgitated and redundant. Lacks the contained excitement of the first. Neeson deserves better.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Idiotic lines abound, such as commanding the daughter as she drives to, 'Go faster, go faster.' 'I can't, I can't!' she cries back. Perhaps the family is hoping to bore the killers to death with redundancy.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Breathless and exciting, it will go well with a bucket of popcorn.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Ultimately, the audience for this film probably won't care about missed thematic opportunities or consistent character writing, but it's a disappointment.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Revenge is a dish best served riotously laughable.
Erick Weber - NECN
The ludicrous plot and laughable dialogue are all in service of some very subpar action.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
'Taken 2' the cleaners.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It'll have a great opening weekend, but it still seems a shame to have diluted the action-flick purity of the first "Taken" with this cash grab.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
The year's funniest thriller.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Taken 2 grabs everything that was surprisingly enjoyable about the original film and batters it into the ground like... Liam Neeson beating up an Albanian human trafficking ring.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Megaton's sequel will pass a spare 90 minutes just fine, but will leave you with absolutely no lasting impression beyond a sense that the title might as well have been Taken 2 The Bank.
Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy
An empty, exhausting exercise, a pumped-up adrenaline rush that despite all the running around, goes nowhere.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
An arcade game provides pretty much the same "entertainment" and it's a lot easier on the wallet. And kinder, maybe, to your memories of Liam Neeson.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Unnecessary, perfunctory, ramshackle: Taken 2 is all these things and less.
Chris Blohm - Little White Lies
"Taken 2" is nothing more than a naked cash grab.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
Taken 2 must not be taken 2 seriously, although at the very least Megaton could have found better ways to use all those glorious, antique-looking Istanbul backdrops.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
Neeson's Jason Statham-ization continues apace, but it's looking less and less like a welcome development.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
A bit tamer, just as ridiculous, but the premise is looking pretty tired.
Liam Neeson is back for more Albanian mayhem in a dire and bloodless re-hash.
Mark Clark - What Culture
In the end, the door is left open for a Taken 3, although you do rather wish the Mills family would just throw away their passports.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Some of the basic pleasures of the original remain intact (nobody shoots up a small room of bearded Eastern European men like Neeson), but ultimately the film feels compromised.
John Semley - Slant Magazine
Taken 2 ... has the requisite abductions, speeding cars and Americans in danger on foreign soil, but the only ones truly taken for a ride here are those of us in the audience.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
This is a massively disappointing and ultimately pointless sequel that completely ignores the (albeit extremely violent) guilty pleasure appeal of the first film.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Yet another underwhelming, box-ticking sequel in which the action feels as perfunctory as the plot.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
See Neeson kill -- kill, Neeson kill!
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
Less a movie than it is a cinematic waterboarding.
Even the estimable Liam Neeson cannot elevate this derivative, exploitative sequel, which is all about car chases
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
I doubt bets will be taken on there being a "3".
Alison Jones - Birmingham Post
The aversion to violent detail makes it appear as though Mills is applying light chiropractic manipulation rather than giving someone an involuntary dirt nap.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
A laughably slapdash concoction of steely Liam Neeson speeches, stolen cues from the Drive soundtrack, poorly cut fight scenes, and a healthy heaping of xenophobia.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The first one offered the novel sight of Oskar Schindler going Commando. Unfortunately, this half-hearted sequel is low on novelty and lower on fun.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
If this is any indication, Taken 3 will be nothing but Liam Neeson running around whatever European city ponies up the biggest tax credits, growling and beating up random swarthy passersby... It would be only a tiny step below this.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The script often feels perfunctory as if written by a template
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
I worried about Olivier Megaton's direction of the action scenes, when frenetic editing, jumpy camera work and tight close ups that collide to suck out all the juice and sense of what is happening
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Most definitely not the great sequel that we were all hoping for. Way too dumbed down to fit in with a rating certificate and very disappointing.
Stefan Pape - HeyUGuys
The story is weak, opting for the Die Hard 2 approach of having the same thing happen to the same guy twice.
Rob Carnevale - The List
A cynical, contemptuous film whose sole reason for existing appears to be to squeeze the pockets of anyone who enjoyed the first movie. Don't give it the satisfaction.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
When Liam Neeson uses his set of skills to hunt you down, it turns out that what he'll do is nothing compared to the butchering you'll receive in the editing suite afterwards
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
This is an expensive and lazy rehash that either doesn't understand what made its predecessor popular, or doesn't care.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
Christmas dinner won't be boring this year.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Taken was no masterpiece and was often thoroughly objectionable. But it still had a drive and a sense of urgency that's absent here ...
Neil Smith - Total Film
An abject failure as both a slick actioner and a familial drama, Taken 2 signs its series' own death warrant.
Shaun Munro - What Culture