“'Taken' Really Is A Definition Of A Sleeper Hit. One That Looks To Stay Strong Long After Its Initial Release.”
“Never Abduct The Daughter Of The Man Who Trained Obi-Wan, Batman, Darth Vader, Bitch Slapes Wolves For A Living, And Was A God In Two Regions.”
“A Baguette-eating Roman Polanski Stereotype”
“I Will Find You And I Will Kill You”
“The Kind Of Movie I Would Buy.”
“"I Was Taken Away"”
“Tone Down The Violence And Subject Matter And You've Got Just Another ABC Family Original Movie...only, Not As Good.”
“A Fast Paced And Exciting Action That's Extremely Predictable And Contains Very Little Plot.”
“A Movie Worth Watching”
“I Don't Know Who You Are. I Don't Know What You Want. But If You Don't Let My Daughter Go, I Will Look For You. I Will Find You. And I Will Kill You!”
“In A Lesser Actor’s Hands, The Powerful Impact Of The Subject Matter Would Not Have Been So Ably Delivered.”
“Taken Was A Suspensful Action-packed Thrill Ride!”
“Awesome Movie A Must See”
“Amazley Good. ”
“Just What I Was Looking For! ”
“"French Prostitutes+ Crazy Teenagers+ Mad Mobsters= One Great Liam Neeson Film!"”
“Liam Neeson At His Best”
“This Last Part Is Important...they Are Going To Take You.”
“Entertaining And Great Story.”
“"I Will Find You, I Will Kill You"”
“Taken Could Just Be The Best Film Of 2009.”
“Taken Is One Of The Greatest Action Movies I've Seen.”
“This Movie Has Left Me With A Feeling Of Doubt About Neesons Capability Of Being An Action Star. ”
“I Will Find You!”
“The Film Doesn’t Bring Anything To New To The Action Genre But It Does The Job Better Than Most.”
“Imagine Jason Bourne 20 Years From Now. Now Imagine Someone Kidnapping His Daughter. What Would He Do? Watch This Movie And You'll Get The Idea.”
“Writer Of "The Professional" Brings Us This Suspenseful Thrilling New Action Movie. It Can Easily Be Compared To "The Bourne Ultimatum" Allthough It Is Not What I Personally Exprected But It Is To Be But Taken Raves On To Be A Rousing Expirience.”
“Taken Is A Fast Paced Action Film That, For A January Release, Is A Good Start For 2009.”
“Fortunately For Bryan Mills, Actions Speak Louder Than Words In This So-so Thriller That Won't 'take' Your Breath Away, But Will Entertain You After A Slow Start”
“Don't F*ck With Liam Neeson!”
In a lesser actor's hands, the powerful impact of the subject matter would not have been so ably delivered.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
It's like Paul Schrader's 1979 Hardcore with no brain and more muscle.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Taken starts in low gear and almost immediately stalls out.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
What a slick, dubious, morally bankrupt movie this is.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
With some suspension of disbelief and a strong stomach, it's possible to get taken in, or at least absorbed, by this adrenaline-pumping action thriller.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A satisfying thriller as grimly professional as its efficient hero.
Dan Kois - Washington Post
This is another unsavory mix of sentimentality and high-octane seediness from the Luc Besson factory.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Neeson's better than this.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
If it's unrepentant violence you're after, you're better off renting [director] Morel's 2004 collaboration syndicate with Besson, District B13.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Taken is an exploitation thriller, the sort of studio pic that seizes the worst the world has to offer (the sex-slave outrages that The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof exposed so brilliantly) to bolster its rote rhythms.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It's the big, dolorous Neeson who makes the movie a keeper.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
[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.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
The movie proves two things. (1) Liam Neeson can bring undeserved credibility to most roles just by playing them, and (2) Luc Besson, the co-writer, whose actioner-assembly line produced this film, turns out high-quality trash, and sometimes much better.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Taken, which tells the story of how Liam Neeson blows a gasket and flies off to France and kills 75 Albanians in 90 minutes, is crisp, efficient and deeply insane.
Christopher Borrelli - Chicago Tribune
Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen saddle Neeson with indigestible dialogue and preposterous situations.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
A fleet, no-nonsense rescue thriller from the crackerjack French director Pierre Morel, Taken is satisfying (1) for the Gaelic gravitas of its star, (2) its slam-bang chase scenes and bone-snapping martial arts, and (3) the scenic backdrops of Paris.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The film flirts with saying something dark and serious about pursuing justice through unjust means, then quickly chickens out.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Bottom line? Action junkies sign up, school marms stay home.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Taken is movie junk food -- fun while it lasts, but not much more. Nothing wrong with that kind of snack every now and then. You just won't want a steady diet of it.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Widescreen package is technically slick at all levels, and ditto the action choreography, in a cartoonish way.
Derek Elley - Variety
Next out of the January dreg-u-lator: A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it Paycheck.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Besson's espresso-jag thrillers are all the caffeine an action fan needs until the summer thrill rides arrive.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
You'll miss out on a good movie if you consider Taken just another January dumping.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The last third of the film is a 50-year-old's little-boy temper tantrum.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
[Director] Morel keeps Taken moving swiftly. It's never dragged down by excess feelings; instead, it's powered by the potency of the right ones.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The film is never boring. It is, however, completely preposterous.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Liam Neeson lends visibility to formulaic human-trafficking action thriller.
Bernard Besserglik - Hollywood Reporter
Pierre Morel's film moves with breathlessly incessant fluidity and speed.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
If a movie's high points are a quick smack of carnage and a steely speech that everyone's already seen in the trailer, you know it must be January.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Taken is not the kind of action film to spend much time worrying about its pedestrian script or largely indifferent acting, so it's fortunate to have Neeson in the starring role.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
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.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Neeson stars in the sort of part Harrison Ford would have gotten ten or fifteen years ago.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
The dialogue is functional at best, Bryan's motives are basic; it's all apt for this bare-knuckle punch of an action movie.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
It's so awesome to see Liam Neeson taking out the trash in pursuit of his prized child.
Dave White - Movies.com
In Taken viewers are introduced to a new side of Irish actor Liam Neeson, one that is relentless and likes to hit criminals in the throat -- a lot.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Though the film takes some time to get going, once Neeson arrives in Paris, the 91-minute runtime flies by like its stuck on fast-forward.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Taken is a fast-paced, high-octane action movie that ... doesn't take very many detours into soul-searching melancholy.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
I liked it, but don't expect the unexpected in this French action thriller -- especially in an ending that is about as predictable as a Pine Sol commercial.
Clay Cane - BET.com
It's got all the attributes of a guilty pleasure - excitement, some undeniably enjoyable scenes and the absence of what it needs to be more memorable and more substantial.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
This heart-stopping revenge flick written by Luc Besson is easily Liam Neeson's most memorable performance since his Oscar-nominated outing in Schindler's List.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
The action is engaging but rarely exciting; the drama heftier but still far from convincing.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
The script is more hard-hitting and realistic than [Besson's] Transporter films, which means youll only laugh out loud two or three times.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Taken is the best action thriller of 2009 thus far.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
This briskly paced movie delivers a full payload of action and leaves you mentally exhausted. You immediately recall the famous line from "The Wizard of Oz" that "There is no place like home."
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
A morally specious but undeniably efficient brainstem-tickler -- the most effective action/revenge thriller in years.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Neeson delivers a typically compelling performance in (for him) an atypically muscle-bound role.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Fortunately, somewhat-sloppy storytelling never gets in the way of this briskly paced action adventure.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
A bizarre mix of sentimentality and bone-cracking violence, this Hardcore/Not Without My Daughter hybrid pits a determined father against the thuggish Albanian sex traffickers who kidnapped daddy's little girl as she vacationed in Paris.<
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
This is a Neeson driven story and he doesn't disappoint for anyone who likes him or a good adventure/thriller.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Was Liam Neeson looking for a script with lousier dialogue than "The Phantom Menace"?
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Neeson is a major reason Taken, a riveting, revenge thriller gets praiseworthy marks.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
This is not a movie about moral dilemmas-it's about a father who will rip out your eyeballs if you don't give him his daughter back.
Brian Holcomb - Kinetofilm
Single-minded and suitably rough around the edges.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Taken feels like an '80s action movie ... albeit a good one with a hero who fights with the ferocity of a dozen men.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Though plagued with the dumbest villains ever to grace the screen, Neeson shines...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Trust me. You must skip the first 20 minutes, and it would be a good idea to leave 10 minutes early as well. Then you've seen a great, intense action flick.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
At virtually every turn the film feels like it's pulling punches and not delving into the potentially dangerous visual terrain its story and its attendant emotions are screaming for
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This silly hokum is so full of plot holes that it truly lives up to its title.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Calling all 'Transporter' fans: Here's a fast-paced 'Transporter' sibling starring Liam Neeson!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The trailer and poster tell me this film will be Liam Neeson providing beatdowns to anyone who stands between him and his kidnapped daughter. And the film is exactly that.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Mill's towering righteousness is just too much for this weak little film, whose only interest is in affirming the white patriarchal prerogative.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
Taken does have a few glaring weaknesses, but there wasn't a minute that went by when I wasn't entertained or glued to my seat. And when I go see a mindless action film, that's the thing I care about most.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
In the preposterous but gripping Taken, international scumbags mess with the wrong dad.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Doesn't give Neeson too much opportunity at all to get in touch with his inner Jason Statham.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The melodramatic set-up takes little time in Pierre Morel's extra-actionated thriller. Almost as soon as Kimmie lands in Paris and neglects to call her father on the super-phone he's provided her, she's punished -- severely.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The action sequences start off great, but then they go too far over the edge of believability and plunge into the abyss of cartoon violence.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The usual vengeance-hunter plot, acting's sandblasted by action, and the movie rips through Paris like a One-Man Army American on a single-minded mission.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
A shallow pleasure at best. But oh, how very pleasurable it is.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
As a righteous stand against the low-level terrorists who peddle flesh in the back alleys of Europe, the movie is a lurid sham, as slick and soulless as the myriad thugs Neeson dispatches with implausible ease.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Good premise but Neeson is just too much of a superman to take the story seriously.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
There is a kind of artistry in the sheer craft and intensity on display. But don't let that stop you.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
'Taken' can be admired as a precise, efficient, and single-minded genre picture.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The fights are occasionally very cool, but it's far easier to find another decent action movie to watch than it is to sit through one couched in such lazy, bigoted storytelling.
Sean Gandert - Paste Magazine
Don't be taken in by Taken.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
An exciting white-knuckle ride for action junkies and those who like to see the enemy get the raw end of a deal.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
You've already seen the best lines and the best scenes of Taken in the TV and theater commercials...If you take the bait be prepared to check your brain at the door.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
While parts of it are a stretch, overall Liam Neeson makes Taken an extremely satisfying action flick.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Trashy paranoid thriller.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It's the action that is key. Neeson's character doesn't just open up a can of whup-ass on the kidnappers. He opens up a whole bucket of whup-ass.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
...a film that impresses if for nothing else but the way it compelling turns the fifty-six Liam Neeson into an action star.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Mindlessly enjoyable, Taken suits Neeson's broody intensity and makes for a seamless transition for his role as heir to the action throne of Harrison Ford %u2013 or at least Bruce Willis.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
subtext is the thing here and that is parental angst in a time when the nuclear family is a fragile thing at best, coupled with the perceived creeping impotence of the West
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
You'll get nothing new from watching this film. It's the same man-saves-the-day stuff we've seen in the past, so check your brain at the door and sit back for pure fun.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
It works as a popcorn action movie primarily because of the acting talents and physical presence of Liam Neeson.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Violent, disturbing rescue/revenge thriller isn't for kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
In Taken, an excruciating atavism of a movie, father knows best in the worst way -- and he's ready to enforce it, come hell or high melodrama.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Move over Bourne. This is the best action movie since The Bourne Ultimatum.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
Women, sit back and accept your victimhood as men abduct you, sell you, and save you amid mindless violence that somehow got a PG-13 rating.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
If they had an Oscar for kicking butt, Liam Neeson would win it. I feel like I just left the gym. See this flick in theatres!
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
...the sort of action film that you watch with glee and then hate yourself for doing so. Call it the year's first guilty pleasure.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Bringing the same screen presence and gravity that he has to more serious roles like those in Schindler's List and Kinsey, Liam Neeson turns the relatively generic Taken into an above-average action movie.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Better than [Besson's] usual product, but still pretty thin, formulaic gruel.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Although well-crafted but improbable action set pieces cast Neeson as an essentially indomitable force, the film's emotional force rests on the comparatively persuasive setup.
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
Director Pierre Morel does a great job of blending just enough exhilarating action sequences, thrills and brief comic relief along with a brisk pace which make for a thrilling, taut and purely escapist ride...
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
I'm not sure if the title Taken refers to the kidnapping at the center of the film or the hoodwinked feeling audiences will have when it's finished.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
I won't tell you Taken is great, but it's great fun.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A crackle-smart immersion in righteous retribution.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Taken is an exploitation flick pure and simple, which means it's deliberately preposterous and often morally reprehensible. It's also a damn good time at the movies, provided you don't take any of it too seriously.
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
Some movies flirt with absurdity. Taken takes it to bed, and then out for waffles in the morning.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Won't win any accolades for its brash illiberalism, and that'll be just fine with fans of the genre who for nearly a generation have been driven more and more to the substandard offerings of the direct-to-video world.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
The film's premise is obviously a little shaky, but if you're looking for straight out, cold, hard action than there is nothing better for you than Taken.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
Taken is by no means the best the spy/action genre has to offer--it's not as smart as Bourne nor as classy as Bond--but it'll do till something better comes along.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
What drags this movie down is the character at the center of it.
Kurt Loder - MTV
It doesn't quite live up to the promise of that most awesomest of trailers, but almost.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Look closely and you will see that Taken is not a harmless piece of action fluff. It is a fraud, and a mean-spirited one at that.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Liam Neeson makes Jack Bauer look like a wimp in Taken, a ridiculously silly action drama directed by Pierre Morel (District B13).
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Taken is a stripped-down action flick offering a single bloodlusty pleasure: You get to spend 90 minutes watching a world-class leading man cut a totally justified swath of violence through an army of central-casting scumbags.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
One of the most ruthlessly efficient and sheerly entertaining hardcore action films to come along in a long time.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The film has a breathtaking pace and non-stop action (and violence), and a carefully created air of paranoia and claustrophobia.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
This exploitive jaunt to the City of Lights is brutal, intense - and soon forgotten.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense, especially in the midst of the January movie doldrums. It provides the reckless thrills that Quantum of Solace lacked.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
[A] dumped-in-January film that's better than it needs to be but, alas, still isn't good enough.
Tim Grierson - L.A. Weekly
Intentionally free of nuance but overbrimming with relentless, efficient, energetic mayhem, it plays out like a season of '24,' crammed into 90 minutes.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
Paul Brenner - Filmcritic.com
Longtime action cinematographer Pierre Morrel proves adept at using the quick, claustrophobic cuts of the Bourne franchise and the Transporter flicks.
Travis Nichols - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Neeson's character calls himself a "preventer," because he keeps bad things from happening. Not this time.
Linda Winer - Newsday
It's a fairly gripping, involving story, to be sure, but director Pierre Morel (District B13) gives it a pretty lazy treatment.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Mostly it's a grim, violent and predictable tale of a young girl in unthinkable distress.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
This is not Besson's best work. The plotting is ridiculous, especially a bit about possibly corrupt French police officials, and what humor exists is mostly unintentional.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
He's a father on a mission. He just happens to have the skills of Jason Bourne.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Having a thespian of Neeson's caliber chopping down burly henchmen with his bare hands creates a pleasant cognitive dissonance for a while, but the film is unworthy of him.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
This French-directed English-language film squanders a fun genre--the kidnapping thriller--in favor of an exceedingly grim and insipid exercise in globetrotting sadism.
Jon Frosch - Film Journal International
Liam Neeson proves that he's a total badass. But even he can't knock sense into this silly action-thriller.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Shows how helming a PG-13-rated movie for adults without compromising the dark subject matter is done.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Taken is a completely enjoyable, low-key actioner.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
What Taken lacks in plausibility, originality, political correctness and basic regard for human life it makes up for with a breakneck pace -- going straight from the eyes and ears to the adrenal glands.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out New York
A blunt-force narrative...[though] Morel does good work with a string of brutish and short action scenes...
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Taken makes no false promises. It looks like a mindless track-down shoot-'em-up ... because that's exactly what it is. It ain't artful -- but it sure can be fun.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Wow! Director Pierre Morel delivers a non-stop, high tension thriller that never lets up.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Taken is a crude but effective thriller that builds tension while cooking up a full head of righteous indignation.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
It's a simple genre beat down with an outstanding vision for aggression; a convincing cartoon for those who like their revenge served cold and their parental responsibility depicted as nothing short of absolute.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Would that Morel had infused the project with the same variety of style he brought to District B13, but the subtle insights of the script and Neeson's splendiferous range more than pick up the slack.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Action-movie aficionados know to look forward to Besson's spatially energized productions, and the new film Taken maintains his high standards.
Armond White - New York Press
Junk, reactionary father-knows-best-because-he-used-to-murder-people-for-a-living nonsense, implicitly reinforcing all sorts of xenophobic paranoias and insidious patriarchal hierarchies. It's also absurdly entertaining.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Still, if you're willing to hold your nose to the political subtext of Taken, it's one rousing moment after another.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Taken is brutish and loud and slow in parts, but also undeniably entertaining.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Leave your brain at the door to enjoy this smash-and-grab spree of fast-twitch carnage.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
...a contemporary action masterpiece that surely ranks alongside the best that the genre has to offer...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Dean Essner - Irish Times
So nao representa um desperdicio maior de tempo porque dura breves 88 minutos (sem os creditos). O trailer merecia um filme melhor.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Just calling this formulaic doesn't cover it. The script should be credited to the computer software template that originated it.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A woeful script that wastes a wonderful leading man, this is a film that doesn't care about anything. At the end of 93 minutes, neither will you.
Matt Glasby - Film4
Seeing a personification of America exterminate pesky foreigners as if they're so many cockroaches does have entertainment value, despite its worrying overtones. It's just weird that it's been made, with no apparent irony, by a couple of Frenchmen.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
With dialogue as convincing as power-sharing talks in Zimbabwe, characters so two-dimensional they'd be drummed out of a comic strip, and a hero who makes Jack Bauer look like a dithering idiot, Taken is hands down the unintentional comedy of the year.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
A nasty, grubby, pointless little thriller that hardly warrants a single star.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Superbly directed, with a terrific performance from Liam Neeson, this bone-crunching, arse-kicking action thriller is one of the guiltiest pleasures of the year.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Taken is batty but briskly paced.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Tries to be a big smart action movie even though it's utterly ludicrous.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
There's nothing original here, but Neeson is a class above your normal action hero and writer/producer Luc Besson can always be relied upon to provide an unrelenting pace.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Wham, bam, thank you Liam! Neeson is a man on fire: an unstoppable army of one scrapping and shooting his way around the City of Love. Both reprehensible and enjoyable in roughly equal measure.
David Rudge - Total Film
Tough in places but compelling, this is the best action movie since the Bourne Supremacy.
Dean Essner - Heart 106.2
If you took Commando and replaced all its humour (intentional or otherwise) with snarling hatred, you'd end up with Taken - a risible male-re-empowerment fantasy.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Director Pierre Morel's directing style is ruthlessly efficient, but leaves no time to ponder the plot holes or the borderline racist portrayal of vicious Albanian gangsters and sleazy Arab businessmen.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
This queasy, violent revenge fantasy becomes more preposterous as the body count rises. Taken is notable mainly for its racist stereotyping of Arabs and eastern Europeans.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
Liam Neeson, an actor who is incapable of portraying villainy, kills about 50 people in Pierre Morel's movie.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
If Neeson wasn't in such a dreadful hurry we might even enjoy the mindless cruelty.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
The only puzzle of this toxically stupid Europhobe thriller is that its director (Pierre Morel) and producer (Luc Besson) are both French.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
There's a proper debate to be had about the validation of torture in so many films. 'We used to outsource torture,' ex-CIA spy Bryan (Liam Neeson) says, 'but it was unreliable.'
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Unintentional giggles aside, this is classic revenge fare that borders unnervingly on being voyeuristic and downright nasty.
Chris Murray - Empire Magazine Australasia
A simplistic action-thriller depicts extreme prejudice and shows middling contempt.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Taken is neither original nor meaningful...but that's not really the point, is it?
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
The screenplay has a simple but effective premise; the ex-CIA agent on a mission to save his kidnapped daughter. But the variables give the film a lot to work with, from the Paris setting to the deadly gang who steal and trade women like slaves.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
non-stop action with Liam Neeson in devastating form as the former security agent who turns Paris upside down as he searches for his abducted daughter. Director Pierre Morel has a great eye for action...
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile