The beginning is a little slow, but after Neeson starts his hunt and does his best wrath-of-God impression, it doesn’t skip a beat.
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Chicago Tribune

There is no mythology, no irony, no real soul--just a Charles Bronson simplicity about the whole affair.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
I won't tell you Taken is great, but it's great fun.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There's a xenophobic element to Taken's premise, to be sure - the idea that travel, even to Western Europe, isn't safe for Americans, and that foreigners (Albanians, Arabs) are by nature shifty and sinister.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Taken does have a few things going for it. At the top of that short list is Liam Neeson in the starring role.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Propulsively outandish thriller.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Might do good business at home and abroad among audiences unconcerned with the finer points of characterization or psychological insight.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Neeson's better than this. You can't watch him here without thinking, Geez, every fight-choreography session could have funded "Love, Actually." This bash-the-door-down action scene likely took as long to film as "Kinsey." That gunfight required more stunts than all of "Schindler's List."
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Taken? You bet.
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50 out of 100
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