The Taking of Pelham 123 Synopsis
A dispatcher (Denzel Washington) tries to outwit criminals hijacking a New York subway train.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a first-class ride. All aboard.
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88

TV Guide

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While director Tony Scott's brash and boisterous take on the material may lack that certain '70s quirkiness, it gets just about everything...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Scott gets into the zip and rush of urban energy with an enthusiasm bordering on hilarity.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A fast and relentless hostage thriller that never stops.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Has all the usual virtues of a good action suspense drama, but it lacks that extra something - that context, that vital interchange - that...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The new Pelham takes the chilling original premise and modifies it for an era steeped in technology, making for an energetic and engrossing...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Washington offers another of his rock-steady performances, playing a career civil servant with a couple of secrets of his own, but...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
By itself, the new "Pelham" is a solid, suspenseful tale all over again, so long as it stays in the subway tunnels and airless offices of...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Curiously, despite the ever-energetic Tony Scott at the throttle, the sleek new edition isn't as transporting as it should have been.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Yet most of the film's energy is generated by flamboyant cinematography and music-video cutting, and much of that energy is false.
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TAKEN ON A THRILLING RIDE!!! RATING: 90 out of 100. (Based on a advance press preview)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
June 4 - I just attended the advance press preview of this remake of 1974 and 1998 movies - based on a 1973 novel by John Godey (aka Morton Freedgood). Tony Scott masterfully directed and Chris...

SEE THIS MOVIE-Starts Fast and never stops

By kmoney51
Just got back from a screening. Had the unfortunate seat in front of a bunch of teenagers which at first seemed to make for a long evening but once the movie started they were actually quiet the...

An exciting thriller

By RandytheMovieFan
Good action, suspense and acting, especially the interplay between John Travolta and Denzel Washington. Director Tony Scott uses a mix of visual styles that will enthrall some while annoying others,...

really good moive gotta see it

By acemac58
i saw it june 3 and i really liked it. i'm not a fan of travolta, but i liked his acting. it starts off slow but picks up. didn't know it is a remake till i got to the movie, so i don't know what...

This movie will keep you at the edge of your seat

By bubbaseven
You must go see it!! It had action/suspense/drama and a few humorous lines. John Travolta really impressed me playing the bad guy and Denzel never seizes to amaze me....

Suspenseful and entertaining

By Pammo1949
This remake is not a remake but a new twist to a hostage theme. The movie is really good. It does a good job introducing the audience to immediate nonstop action. Denzel does a great job but John...

Wish I could have seen it...

By mouthfulofbees
Sorry, can't review the movie.....I reserved 4 tickets through Fandango, and when the theater changed their viewing schedule, Fandango basically said we were on our own trying to straighten it...

Out of touch Hollywood

By terrificlee
Once again Hollywood shows us how unmainstream they are! I haven't met one person in my lifetime that uses the F-word every other word?? Couldn't sit through the whole thing got tired of the language!...

DENZEL YOU SLY DEVIL

By blackfilmstudent
There was a point in time when I very well may have been the biggest Denzel Washington fan on the planet. He could do no wrong in my eyes and then he got type cast, playing a police officer in four...

GREAT INTERACTION!

By notek
EXCELLENT MOVIE THAT KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT! THE INTERACTION BETWEEN TRAVOLTA AND WASHINGTON WAS LEGEND!! TRAVOLTA DESERVES AN ACADEMY AWARD!!....

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Rated R | For Violence and Pervasive Language
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Remake of '70s thriller is riveting but violent and intense.
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