A thriller aboard the Trans-Siberian line, stretching roughly 5,000 miles from Beijing to Moscow, should be a cinch, right? Not so fast, Casey Jones.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
A handsomely remodeled variation of a cherished genre you might call the mystery-train movie.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
All in all, the film is an excellent, if modest, alternative for moviegoers who have been blockbustered into submission this summer.
Mike Mayo - Washington Post
Unfortunately, there's never a moment where you can't see Anderson and his co-writer, Will Conroy, yanking on the strings.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The cramped, cold setting creates an appropriately ominous atmosphere, and while Mortimer and Harrelson are noticeably mismatched, their journey together is compelling enough to make the ride worthwhile.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Transsiberian starts in neutral, taking the time to introduce its characters, and then goes from second into high like greased lightning. I was a little surprised to notice how thoroughly it wound me up. This is a good one.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Director Brad Anderson throws in a red herring or two as he comments on Eurotrash and the greed-fueled lawlessness of the former Soviet Union, but he ultimately makes an even stronger statement about the dark side of female empowerment.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
A morally complex if plot-wobbly thriller set on the Trans-Siberian Express as it rockets (well, creaks and groans) through snowy forests and forgotten towns.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Writer/director Brad Anderson gives us an artful, shifty-eyed take on human strengths and weakness; his film delivers the pleasure of a conventional tale well told, with clever twists and complex characters.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
An engagingly up-to-date melodrama steeped in local color.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
An atmospheric, Hitchcockian thriller set aboard a famed train route, Brad Anderson's Transsiberian is a genuine sleeper that jump-starts an almost extinct genre.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Transsiberian is a paranoid, chilling train trek that borrows freely from the best Hitchcock pictures to give us that rare adult summer thriller -- 'adult' as in not based on a comic book or video game.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Has terrific Siberian location work, a carefully constructed atmosphere of creeping dread and an outstanding performance by Emily Mortimer.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A splendid revival off the old Hitchcock train-suspense movie set aboard a most ominous train.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A queasy-making train thriller directed with vibrant visual panache by Brad Anderson.
Jan Stuart - Los Angeles Times
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Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
All the actors get their tickets punched, and the screenplay doesn't insult anyone's intelligence.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Mystery-train thriller chills, then goes off the rails.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Hitchcock would be proud of this trainbound suspense thriller with Woody Harrelson playing against type. A first-rate story, great action and great direction. Take the trip!
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
The story itself takes a few bloodcurdling turns off the tracks, with well-played action sequences.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Although it doesn't go as far as Strangers on a Train, TransSiberian is worth the ride.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
as Hitchcockian thrillers go, it's one of the smarter and more absorbing ones made in recent years
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
hearkens back to those glorious tales of intrigue and adventure that populated film screens in the 30s and 40s.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Transsiberian is a deeply engrossing film from the get go. It sucked me in with a simple, yet often overlooked, idea - interesting characters.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Transsiberian makes suspenseful and sometimes violent gestures, but it's all decoration.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
As Alfred Hitchcock demonstrated three times, trains make a nifty setting for a thriller.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
Transsiberian is more than a rote thriller; it's also a sharp character study... actually, several studies in which the information about each character is slowly revealed and every scrap of knowledge further informs our understanding of the plot.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Can you say, "No good deed goes unpunished?"
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Smart, unnerving, and sharp as an icicle to the eye, Transsiberian is the chilliest of midsummer thrillers.
Nathan Lee - NPR.org
It effectively keeps us in the dark as to where the story is eventually heading, allowing the film to deliver enough suspense to produce some serious hang-wringing.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Anderson uses snowy locations to impose a chilly menace on the characters, and the script ratchets the tension at a sneakily measured pace.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
...a tight and terse thriller.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
The limitations of its human characters aside, the movie has a terrific feel for the chilly, remote, attentively portrayed character of its environment.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Transsiberian has more twists and turns in it than the real-life, extensive train route that gives this independently produced suspense-thriller its name.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This is a slow, deliberate and carefully thought out piece for adults who like to savour rather than devour their thrills
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Paranoia is right on track in this sinister, trapped-on-a-train thriller.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Takes a more cerebral route, toying with your expectations only to give you something else, whispering hints of what fate might have in store for the characters after the credits roll.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
This diverting effort from writer/director Brad Anderson is a generally satisfying fish-out-of-water thriller in which two squeaky-clean Americans find themselves caught up in a web of death, drugs and disappearances.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Doesn't deserve a place among the classic train thrillers, but it offers enough cinematic amenities to be worth booking passage. And you won't need a sleeping compartment.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Thrilling ice-cold thriller.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Transsiberian is a model of audience manipulation, a slow-fuse thriller that builds its suspense gradually, in increments, until it has becomes close to unbearable. Then it pushes things just a little further, until you're squirming in your seat.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
This is not to say that Transsiberian is wall-to-wall dread. Once it gets going...it delivers enough electricity to keep us right near, if not completely on, the edge of our seats.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Transsiberian is fantastic.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Some might think this film is unbelievable, and they're right. But, Hitchcock films aren't either. They're just fun rollercoaster rides, so check your brain at the door and have a blast.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
It takes its sweet time, but Transsiberian is a frosty, gripping ride on the terror train. It maintains the generous beat, giving audiences a nice jolt of xenophobia to go with their helping of traditional thrills.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
... it's a little sloppy and full of convenient coincidences, but at its best roils with edgy character tensions.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The combination of good directing, writing, acting and film-craft make for a dramatic thriller (or dramatic thriller, if you want) that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
With its consistently clever and always unpredictable screenplay, fascinating setting, and stellar lead performance, Transsiberian is riveting from beginning to end.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
It's got that classic thriller feel where characters are slowly caught in a mousetrap and they have to find their way out. It's a slow, menacing burn.
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
Nowadays, Kingsley is a bit like the English version of Morgan Freeman - an actor with a seemingly inherent reservoir of gravitas, yet no qualms about glossy paycheck gigs.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
Transsiberian shows there's plenty of life left in the 'strangers on a train' genre.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
A movie whose inspiration comes straight from the DNA of some of Hitchcock's finest classics, Anderson's latest is a languid, sometimes engaging thriller that unfortunately fails to elevate those existing cliches and conventions beyond the parameters of w
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Terrific thriller set aboard the Russian train, with Mortimer standing out as a restless American woman with a lot to hide and more to fear.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
The patient viewer should find Trannsiberian to be a rewarding experience. Hitch would be proud.
Jeff Otto - ReelzChannel.com
... an absolute nail-biter, one of the most plausible and best constructed thrillers in years.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Anderson and his very fine cast keep things chugging along at a breathless pace.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
A well mounted, character-cognizant combination of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and Andrei Konchalovskys existentially tinged Runaway Train.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
Modest thriller set aboard the titular train plays like low-suspense Hitchcock until sadly, in the last act, it derails.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
I'm not saying it's that good, but it's a solid if sometimes messy and confusing crime story.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Transsiberian is a cool movie--and not just because it takes place in the sub-zero terrain of Siberia.
Shirley Sealy - Film Journal International
Transsiberian makes provocative connections between external and internal states, the ways that composition can reveal character.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Enjoyable train-based thriller with strong performances, gorgeous photography and some enjoyable dashes of Hitchcock scattered liberally throughout.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The execution is masterful and even as you see the building blocks of the climax being put into place, it's a delight to watch them fit just so.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Mortimer's portrayal of dubious grace under pressure and an action-packed third act balance out the film's shortcomings.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Truly tense, entertaining and -- and here's a word that's rarely used to describe American movies -- unpredictable.
Kerry Douglas Dye - UGO
Even if you've seen lots of movies of this type and can figure out exactly what's going to happen, Anderson takes great pleasure in the pure form and execution of it.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Though Anderson's storytelling gets murky at times, it's still a fine showcase for his versatility, adding to an impressive, under-the-radar resume.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Transsiberian is a film that fails to make us care enough to be concerned about the peril faced by its protagonists.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
Anderson's most accessible film to date.
Johnny Butane - Dread Central
Disappointing given the ticket we've bought.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Though not one for literal smoke and mirrors, master of horror Brad Anderson, with his panache for arousing fear from harried reality and rotted atmosphere, is still a shaman.
Ed Gonzalez - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
It may not be relevant or particularly PC, but it is a very entertaining time capsule buried decades after its time.
Simon Abrams - New York Press
Transsiberian eventually reveals itself to be scatterbrained thematically.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A unique picture that left me feeling -- for the first time in a very long time -- like I'd actually been in another place, another world...so very different from my own.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
This Hitchcockian thriller should become the most commercial film of versatile indie helmer Anderson who adds an honorable panel to the genre of train-set suspensers by updating the characters, conflicts and physical locale (from China to Russia).
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A missionary couple with unresolved marital problems falls prey to corrupt cops and horny heroin smugglers in Transsiberian, a decent thriller that derails only during a preposterous finale.
KJ Doughton - Film Threat
While not the most original of thrillers, Transsiberian nevertheless provides enough unexpected twists and turns to make for a pleasant ride.
Jamie Tipps - Film Threat
It's gripping, suspenseful and well-acted by a starry cast but is finally let down by a plot which goes spectacularly off the rails in the final act.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International
Clearly inspired by a few of Hitchcock's 'train-bound' movies, Transsiberian doesn't break a lot of new ground, but it does tell a slick story in a very chilly setting.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet