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Abduction Reviews



Genre :

Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Date :

September 23, 2011

MPAA Rating :


Director :

John Singleton

Starring :

Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Elisabeth Rohm, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Nyqvist, Antonique Smith, William Peltz

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

“..we've got the aforementioned Sigourney Weaver as a psychiatrist and/or secret agent with a bouquet of balloons..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
2 of 5

“..they also can be achingly sweet and vulnerable and protective - and shirtless, when appropriate..”
by Glenn Whipp [Los Angeles Times]
“..the movie stops in its tracks long enough to ogle an extended smooch whose slurping seems scientifically calculated to take things to the brink of an R rating..”
by Stephen Holden [New York Times]
2.5 of 4

“..the direction is excellent, and that's the real puzzler in this tricky little game..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
0.5 of 4

“..preferable to the movie of the same name, but only if your kidnappers don't tor ture you by forcing you to watch it..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
0.5 of 4

“..made off with the plot and replaced it with a laughably predictable PG baby spy drama riddled with flat dialogue and aimed squarely at teen girls and their wallets..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
“..looking very much like a stranger in his own performance..”
by Benjamin Mercer [Village Voice]
1 of 4

“..it feels like a movie designed to ride on the back of Twilight's phenomenal success, with held noses and paycheques all around..”
by Liam Lacey [Globe and Mail]
Review rate : C

“..he's not a terrible actor, but if he wants a career after the Twilight fades, he'll pick better films..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
1.5 of 4

“..for a guy who alternately got to play crusader, hunk, and sidekick in his signature role, "Abduction'' is a stock gig, but Nyqvist makes the most of it..”
by Tom Russo [Boston Globe]
1.5 of 4

“..filled with laughable dialogue, Abduction goes nowhere..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
2 of 4

“..falls in the same corner of the youth market as the "Twilight" movies..”
by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel]
1 of 5

“..but if you think he's hot and this is crazy, then he's here to party...”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
1 of 4

“..also features a fight on a train that may have been inspired by the classic one in From Russia with Love, but it's hard to tell..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..Abduction just seems silly from here through to the finale, a complicated set-piece staged at Pittsburgh's scenic PNC Park during an actual Pirates-Mets game last year..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
“..a haggardly slapdash "Bourne Identity" knockoff, never rising above the level of basic competence. Lautner's fans should line up in droves; other demos may go missing..”
by Andrew Barker [Variety]

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by Sara Stewart [New York Post]

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“..although it's enjoyable, actor Chris Messina's directorial debut is somehow less than the sum of its parts, wading only through the shallow end of familiar human conflicts resolved too conveniently to satisfy..”
by Barbara VanDenburgh [Arizona Republic]


“..lightweight script doesn't help a grandiose premise..”
by John Anderson [Newsday]


“..plays like a dorm-room answer to modern war films, complete with the constant profanity and masculine hysterics that pass for impact in an immature script..”
by Katie Rife [A.V. Club]


“..three superb young actors try but fail to bolster a thin script..”
by Stephen Farber [Hollywood Reporter]


“..it isn't nearly as much creepy fun as it sounds like..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]


“..between plot and character, there are definitely 18 holes in "The Squeeze"..”
by Robert Abele [LA Times]