At least they do look sharp in those suits.
Adam Markovitz - Entertainment Weekly
Conceived and executed with just enough skill and flair to make you wish it were better.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The dialogue is cliched and laughable. It's a film far more concerned with style -- architectural, vehicular and wardrobe-related -- than substance.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Luessenhop and his antic camera are after a kineticism that eludes them: He shoots too closely; he's practically crawling up his characters' nostrils with his unhinged camera.
John Anderson - Washington Post
Takers might have made a perfectly decent little B heist movie, but someone had to go and forget to give the cameraman his Ritalin.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Amidst the gangsta posing and some overly operatic shootouts, [Dillon] helps give Takers some crucial currency.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Someone has to say it, so I will: Shaky cam is out of control.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
as long as you understand exactly what kind of hack cinema you are getting into, Takers can be pretty fun.
Mary F. Pols - MSN Movies
Laughable subplots about Elba's addicted sister (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) and Dillon's crooked partner (Jay Hernandez) only slow the action, which is all this movie has going for it.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
Takers is a slick heist film, but that's all it is.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
A respectable but watered-down heist movie.
Brian Lowry - Variety
A Michael Mann-ish heist thriller with a pulse-pounding foot chase and some terrific stunt work offsetting its hackneyed plot and dialogue.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The performers are given stock types to play, and Elba and Dillon, at least, can do a little with that.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The screenplay is credited to four writers, director John Luessenhop among them, and they've all been busy cutting-and-pasting from other movies.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Once you get past the recycled quality of the characters and dialogue, the movie has some stylish action sequences and moderately clever plot turns.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's hard to imagine anyone who sees the movie not being at least moderately engaged.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The stunt work is amazing, and the pace is breathless enough to keep one watching right up to the somewhat ambiguous conclusion.
Stephen Farber - Hollywood Reporter
Even with all of the action, and with a few plot twists that are kinda cool, there's really not enough to Takers to make it worth your time.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Takers is an above average heist film and while it could have benefited from an R rating, it is still one of the better movies of the summer.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
A fun and engaging film with an exciting young cast making the most out of an uneven script.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
It seems the writers thought the essentials of a heist film were a half-baked heist sequence and lots of gunfire. They seem to forget that if there's not a good story and characters in place to carry those extra elements, none of them will matter.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A mini-Michael Mann effort populated by one-dimensional cliches.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
No one's asking a low-priority contemporary robbery movie to be Rififi, but there's such a thing as striving for some kind of quality that will set you apart from the anonymous pack. And no one thought to do that here.
Dave White - Movies.com
Not even a good effort from Matt Dillon -- who seems to play the hard-done-by cop/security guard for the umpteenth time here -- can provide this stodgy outing with the caffeine kick it is sorely in need of.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
The film borrows from dozens of classic heist pictures, but adds very little fresh, original or exciting to the mix.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Mindless mayhem perfect for fans of pyrotechnics for pyrotechnics sake!
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
A consistently unwatchable actioner...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Borrows from its' genre without embarassing itself.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
It all crumbles into a series of chaotic gun battles filled with shaky camera moves and excessive noise.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Marks the on-screen collision of Hayden Christensen and Paul Walker, two actors so charmless and wooden this reviewer feared their combined presence would result in the creation of a charisma black hole that could wipe out the universe.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Derek Malcolm - This is London
An empty-headed heist movie which makes no effort to endear us to the slick gangsters or the police pursuing them.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
You could write ten thousand words about the outlandish cack-handedness of Takers, but I'll limit myself to just seven. Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, rubbish.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
There's nothing particularly wrong with Takers, but very little that's right.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A very coarse bit of work.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
The director of Takers, a try-hard heist movie of clomping unoriginality and self-regard, is labouring under the embarrassing delusion that he's Michael Mann.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Wall-to-wall music, glossy handheld camerawork and frantic editing all conspire to try and make this seem a lot more exciting than the relentlessly unimaginitive script deserves.
This take on the classic cop v robbers formula makes for handsome, smart and fast-paced entertainment.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
A slickly satisfying genre exercise with sufficient thrills, spills and frills to keep you hooked.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Not terrible, but undemanding.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
As formulaic as it all may be, Luessenhop clearly has enough confidence to leave the door wide open for a sequel. Any takers?
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Stylishly directed thriller with some terrific action sequences and mostly strong performances, but the cheese factor is ridiculously high, the characters are thinly drawn and it's morally dubious to say the least.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
There are so many laughable and tiring cop/criminal cliches it's like they were writing a Police Squad-like spoof and then made it sincere. Save it for Spike TV or FX someday.
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
Zealous action fantasies, pea-brain exposition.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Your climax is a slow motion, devolved mess.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Takers in dire need of star power.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Takers early on winds itself into a generic knot and never gets loose from it.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
It runs the stopwatch on a chase sequence to a comical extreme and takes way, way too long to take its final bow, in the process burning off any residual good will.
- Austin Chronicle
Luessenhop gets good performances but bobbles the many gunfights and action scenes ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It's no Heat, but it does take in a small haul of thrills.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Matt Dillon's the only thing going for this heist flick
Jeff Niesel - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Takers refines a genre that has been hollowed-out by the cold repetitions of such cliche movies as Soderbergh's Oceans franchise...
Armond White - New York Press
There's good acting and a twisting and turning plot, but a weak ending drains the film of its power.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Jimmy Buffett wrote a song called "Overkill" and that's the word which best describes this high-powered yet formulaic heist caper.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
a below average crime story saved by slightly above average set pieces
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
There is no question that the gentlemen bandits look fabulous strolling away in slo-mo from an explosion at the start of the flick. They are the epitome of cool and control, but that, in a nutshell, is all the film offers
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
a fast food movie, and not even good fast food. Not the Big Mac, but the cold slider that's been sitting on a tray for hours to the point its bottom bun has turned to jelly
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
An above-average heist thriller that's undone by poor screenwriting and worse post-production.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Michael Mann should sue!
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Kam Williams - Sly Fox
Takers is all flash, no substance. But for two-thirds of the film that style - and the always gritty Matt Dillon - is more than enough.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Director John Luessenhop's aggressive approach to action scenes is frequently inspired.
- Time Out
Strictly matinee material.
Not a fresh idea in the script, not a fresh character, not a fresh stunt, some will feel taken by Takers. Others will find it a decent but, not great, popcorn movie.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The movie falls to pieces in the midst of well-staged but poorly-shot (and ultimately ridiculous) action sequences.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
It took a bunch of second-string actors too young to get a role in 'The Expendables' and put them in a very average cops and robbers flick.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
"Takers" should have been scooped out of the gutter and tossed away in a little plastic bag...
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
For those keeping score, style just scored another touchdown against substance.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
With no emotional heft to the performances, it's hard to care whether anyone's dreams are dashed or fulfilled. That leaves the heist itself to compensate, but it only digs deeper into tired action movie cliches.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
The CliffsNotes version of Michael Mann's Heat... slick but forgettable.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
Takers is a sterling example of how a movie can take a basic, appealing idea and turn it into something that you could easily watch while brushing your teeth, clipping your toenails, plucking your eyebrows.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Luessenhop has obviously seen Michael Mann's 'Heat' and liberally borrows from that film's structure (featuring both police and heist procedurals) and over-the-top action. He lacks Manns's sense of pacing or striking visuals.
Dan Lybarger - MovieMaker Magazine
[S]lyly set[s] up a dichotomy that is at once strange, compelling, and so pertinent that it becomes tragic...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Heist movies don't have to include deep characters as long as we understand the function of each team member (The Planner, The Demolitions Expert, et.al.), but all we get from this bunch is That Guy, That Other Guy, and The One with the Hat.
Alonso Duralde - HitFix
A slick thriller comprised of equal parts pretty actors, urban crime drama cliches, and cheesy lines... The Italian Heat Job for Dummies.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
'Takers' works because of its solid pace and action scenes, including one chase sequence that will have the audience rooting for both the cops and robbers. It's the perfect popcorn film to end the summer season.
Wilson Morales - AOL Black Voices
Despite Michael Barrett's highly creative work with his caffeinated camera, these "Takers" steal their scheme outright, referring to it as "an Italian Job." Brazen, yes. Original? Not so much.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
It's possible to sit through Takers, enjoy the scenery and have a good time
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Takers wants to be Heat and it's not. It's less exciting than you hope and less involving than it needs to be.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A serviceable, passable, entertaining heist movie until it collapses under its own weight towards the end of the movie.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Solid direction, an almost-terrific story, good ensemble acting and fine behind the camera work make the trip to the air conditioned theater on these dog days of summer worthwhile.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The disparate cast tries hard to bring some personality to the movie, but their characters seem short-changed by the bad writing.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Takers is unoriginal, overlong, extremely predictable and poorly written but does contain an on-foot Parkour chase sequence that almost saves the film.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
'Takers' is a solid, involving caper that steals liberally from the far superior 'Heat' and 'True Romance' of the mid-1990s. (Parental Review also Available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
It's cool to see a movie that doesn't feel the need to make everyone likable, but the four credited screenwriters here don't manage to make anyone worthy of our sympathy
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
A buffet of Gritty Crime Drama cliches that offers no surprises but nothing egregiously stupid, either.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
Takers is in the running for the most unintentionally funny film of 2010.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Remember when Paul Walker had a career, Matt Dillon had indie credibility, Jay Hernandez was just a cute face, and Chris Brown was an R&B singer without a rap sheet?
Paul Schrodt - Slant Magazine
A clumsy jumble of half-formed set pieces and flat line readings.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
"A bland barrage of bullets, bling, and bad acting."
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
The logical result of watching Heat over and over and over until your brain burns out, and then wondering what it would look like if the whole thing were remade as a Smirnoff Vodka commercial.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
With apologies to Henny Youngman, take this movie--please.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
...there are a few really good action scenes, particularly a foot chase through the streets of L.A.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A slickly efficient cops-and-robbers yarn, largely uncomplicated yet offering a few moments of insight and dramatic weight.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Rap star T.I. and R&B star Chris Brown have produced the movie they thought would be fun to star in rather than the movie that would be fun to watch.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Each close-up competes to be the closest, until everything looks like Batman getting dressed.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A punchy and surprisingly un-awful actioner...
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Takers is a pretty fitting name for a movie that swipes its only good moves from earlier, better heist thrillers and other classic films.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A heist thriller that feels suspiciously like a feature-length commercial for expensive liquor.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
What helps salvage the film...are the unintentional laughs generated by the film's outrageous gun battles, childish dialogue and an action chase featuring Brown that seems to go on forever.
Steve Ramos - Boxoffice Magazine
Three terrific over-the-top scenes and the actors easy camaraderie make this hair-raising and thrilling.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Melting pot multicultural heist mayhem that would self-destruct a Tea Party convention, Takers gives great slickly conceived action. But the crowded cast of teflon coated conspirators and preposterous scenarios, make LA more like an Afghan war zone.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Takers is all so slickly handsome, it's like a string of European clothing commercials interrupted by the occasional plot.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
It's a misfire with a few cracking action sequences, best viewed at home with a mute button safely within reach...looking as though it was shot with a webcam held by someone with severe allergies.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
By the time strings and slow motion tries to turn this into gangster poetry, the movie's sunk by taking all its words from someone else's book.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
This is sloppy stuff -- a B-movie in the less complimentary sense of the term, where you occasionally get the sense that people weren't trying all that hard.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A crackling crime drama assembled from a scrap heap of hoary cliches, Takers proves that everything old can sometimes really be new again.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Leaning very heavily on style and attitude, the film won't win a single point for originality, but director John Luessenhop keeps the action rolling along at a steady clip.
Tim Grierson - Screen International