Unknown Reviews

  • The movie whips up a big old puree of ingredients borrowed from other cinematic recipes. Then it dishes out the mildly spiced results as post-Oscar-quality snack food...

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Despite its A-movie aspirations, as the chases continue and the plot holes widen, Unknown quickly settles into the familiar B-movie comfort zone.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • When the dots are connected (sort of), Unknown still doesn't make much sense.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • As long as filmgoers come to "Unknown" unencumbered by a need for plausibility, this handsome, well-paced production possesses its share of twisty, visceral pleasures.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • I saw "Unknown'' with an entourage whose average age was about 70. They loved it, although one of them kept calling it "The Bond Ultimatum.'' Which sounds about right.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • As with its protagonist, Unknown boasts tantalizing issues buried deep beneath its frantic exterior, but little idea how to unlock or address them.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • Neeson, often chided for cashing easy action-flick paychecks at the expense of his serious-actor cred, knows who he is - an action star of a certain age who brings gravitas to pulpy stuff. And if that's who he is, he could do worse than "Unknown."

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It mixes and mismatches jagged fragments of Jason Bourne, Alfred Hitchcock, "Total Recall" and Mel Gibson's underappreciated "Conspiracy Theory," although underappreciation isn't a risk for a movie that amounts to "The Stillbourne Identity."

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Turn off your 'I hope this plot twist is awesome' part of your brain and just enjoy big, gruff, increasingly Frankenstein-monster-looking Neeson kicking the crap out of everyone who gets in his way...

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • For about an hour or so, "Unknown" is intriguing.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • I felt involved in "Unknown" until it pulled one too many rabbits out of its hat. At some point, a thriller has to play fair.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • More subtly than Harrison Ford, Neeson excels at the slow fuse snaking its way to explosive revenge.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The snow and haze that Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra keeps pumping into the street scenes seem to have drifted into the script as well.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Reader

  • With his soulful gaze and crooked nose, his seeming reluctance to throw a karate chop but his deft ability to do so, Neeson has an air of melancholy and menace - you feel sorry for the guy, and wary of him at the same time.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Neeson has a fine way with expressions of anguish. This is brow-knitting of a very high order.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Unknown" obviously knows its limitations, and it doesn't bother to rise above them. It just keeps throwing the punches the audience wants and expects. It won't cure world hunger, but chances are it will sell a lot of popcorn.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • There are a couple of intriguing ideas floating around here and there, but that's all they do -- float around, unmoored by any sense of reality and, thus, suspense.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Unknown makes no sense at all, so you not only worry about Liam Neeson's judgment in movies, but you begin to wonder if he's forgotten how to read.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Beyond the occasional plot frissons and juicy supporting turns, it's an emotionally and psychologically threadbare exercise.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Plot holes you can drive a truck through are ultimately less important for your enjoyment than how they set up the film's big set pieces.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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