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 - Cinemalogue.com
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 - Contactmusic.com
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
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
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
It's little wonder the movie spends so much time running in circles when we see where it ultimately goes.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Assembled from competent elements and featuring more dedicated performances than one might expect, The Numbers Station is still a tad too nondescript to leave much of an impact.
Simon Brookfield - We Got This Covered
If you're looking for a dynamic, politically-tinged thriller, you could do a lot better, but you could also do a lot worse.
Christopher Null - Film Racket
Claustrophobic and repetitive...a numbingly tedious would-be thriller.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Strictly for fans of the stars and perhaps those with an insatiable curiosity about career low points, the feature is certainly digestible, but rarely memorable.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
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
Cusack looks visibly bored. If someone had a camera on you while you were watching it, you would look the same way.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Sits awkwardly between shoot 'em up and psychological thriller without offering the excitement of either.
Tomas Hachard - Slant Magazine