Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Contraband, while often grungy and far-fetched, does keep you watching. And in January, that's recommendation enough.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a genre film, not great art, though there's a good joke about art - a pricey piece of action painting, appropriately enough - but it's a thoroughly satisfying entertainment, and, in this season of lowered expectations, a nice surprise.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
I don't know that a lot of Contraband makes sense. But I'm not sure that it has to. The director Baltasar Kormákur carries the movie off with efficiency, brutality, and humor.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The lead role of a working class former smuggler who dirties his hands again to save his family fits Mark Wahlberg like a glove.
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By Scott Tobias
Nothing about it lingers, not even the sulfuric stench of a bum scene or a particularly hammy performance.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Wahlberg could sleepwalk through this role, and does. See this movie and you'll surely follow his lead.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Let's start by admitting three things: that Contraband is a ridiculous movie, that it wasn't meant to be a ridiculous movie, and that it's an enjoyable movie. One of the things that makes it enjoyable is that it's so ridiculous.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Contraband has a few moments of tension, but it adheres to a predictable heist formula hardly worth trafficking in.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A big comedown from "The Fighter," Contraband finds Wahlberg in default mode: With his Popeye biceps and broody stares, the actor can do a character like Chris without even thinking about it - and that's what he does here.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Only Wahlberg rises above the muck; everything else here feels buried in concrete.
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51 out of 100
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