• Released
  • June 12, 2009
  • R , 1 hr 46 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 1,169 Fan Ratings
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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Rated R | For Violence and Pervasive Language
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