Contraband Synopsis
A ship's captain gets caught up in a German spy ring when he follows shore-pass thieves.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Film Noir Feel

By brasscop
Although obviously in color,Contraband has the look and feel of a 1940's crime melodrama. And that's a good thing! Wahlberg is convincing as the everyman caught in the middle, and the well paced...

Great Edge of Your Seat Movie

By kristylm
Loved the cast in this movie. Highly entertaining, gripping your seat, heart stopping and fast paste--don't know what's coming next....

Worth the price of admission!

By Movie_Buff_86
Mark Wahlberg is at it again in his latest movie "Contraband." He plays Chris Farraday who has to go back to his old profession in order to protect his brother-in-law from a ruthless drug lord played...

Contraband was really good!

By finnbursch
It's full of action but also had a little humor with a great twist that I didn't see coming. It was very clever. It's not for kids but mostly because of the language. It wasn't as violent as I...


By loumarss
It was a good movie. I would recommend it....

Action packed!

By Dennyova
My son (16) and I (50+)were looking for a movie and Contraband was in its first day of release. We had seen the previews and it looked like a good choice for us. We had an idea of what the story...

Def a must see

By Isis214
This movie keep me so interested the whole way through, sure there are some parts where you think you can figure out the ending and you might be right but the twists and turns are so worth the watch!...

Enjoyed every minute of it!

By drayon2005
Enjoyed every minute of it. Mark's acting is the best for action movies i swear i loove this mans acting. Is right on point and makes you believe every minute of it. HAd a great time. My Husband...


If you love action movies with a bit of a thrill then go see Contraband. There is plenty of action, a great story line, and a plot twist that keeps the movie moving. Mark Wahlberg is great as the hero...

Contraband is a snoozer

By mulesnapper
What a waste of a decent cast. Actors seemed uninspired through out the movie. I would wait until out on DVD. At least that way when you fall asleep you will be on your own couch....

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Rated R | For Brief Drug Use, Violence and Pervasive Language