The Numbers Station Reviews

  • The Numbers Station is a lean, tactile thriller that grabs you from the opening and keeps you aptly entertained.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • This dreary spy drama is as flat and airless as the concrete bunker in which it unfolds.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • There are some decent shootouts, but the movie's strongest assets are the soulful performances ...

    Chuck Wilson — Village Voice

  • Akerman does work hard to keep up the energy level. Cusack, though, seems bored by the superficial proceedings, which don't even offer the distraction of a real romantic connection or a suspenseful confrontation.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • John Cusack replays his role as a lethal operative with occupational angst for a routine thriller with a female cryptographer at secret CIA site. Dire workplace issues ensue.

    Bill Stamets — Chicago Sun-Times

  • With Cusack's help, Barfoed holds your interest without resorting to car chases, a rarity in a contemporary thriller.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • A predictable hodgepodge of uninteresting psychological cat-and-mouse, dimly lighted action filmed by director Kasper Barfoed in standard-operating shaky-cam ...

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

  • Danish director Kasper Barfoed, who makes his English-language debut here, makes fine use of the movie's tight constraints, painting it in concrete hallways, electrical panels, and glowing computer screens.

    Jeffrey M. Anderson — Common Sense Media

  • The claustrophobic location gives the film a clammy suspense, though it's so dimly lit that it's sometimes hard to work out who is shooting at whom.

    Jason Best — Movie Talk

  • A potentially intriguing idea is thrown out the window in this predictable low-budget thriller.

    Todd Jorgenson —

  • There's an interesting, timely idea in this espionage thriller, as well as adept leading actors who are able to make the most of the script's dry wit.

    Rich Cline —

  • The Numbers Station is a cheap and predictable thriller that works only because of its two leading cast members: John Cusack and Malin Akerman.

    Jeremy Lebens — We Got This Covered

  • (The Numbers Station movie review at Shadows on the Wall)

    Rich Cline — Shadows on the Wall

  • 'The Numbers Station' is a competent film and it does manage to create some tension. But you're conscious of the fact that it all feels familiar and wondering why there isn't a little more to it.

    James Plath — Movie Metropolis

  • John Cusack is back in a ferocious spy role updated to the information universe. Look out.

    Ron Wilkinson — Monsters and Critics

  • (The Numbers Station movie review at Screen International)

    John Hazelton — Screen International

  • John Cusack's usual clipped way of talking serves him well in the role of a disillusioned black ops agent. He's also convincing in the film's gunplay sequences and in his guarded interaction with others.

    Betty Jo Tucker — ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Cusack's glum visage immediately lays a wet blanket over Danish director Kasper Barfoed's English-language debut and keeps it firmly in place until the final fade-out.

    Ethan Alter — Television Without Pity

  • The Numbers Station is watchable for the things it gets right, yet it is impossible not to think that a lot of pieces to this puzzle are missing.

    Mike McGranaghan — Aisle Seat

  • Cusack and Akerman scramble down a series of dimly lit, identical-looking passageways. The setting is as ill-defined as the characters.

    A.A. Dowd — AV Club

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