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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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“..fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it's a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period..”
by Guy Lodge [Variety]


“..delightfully inventive, funny and touching and, surreptitiously, a great way of helping kids get a handle on all those inexplicable feelings..”
by David Sexton [This is London]


“..Villeneuve handles conventional action sequences terrifically well..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..from the cloying, ever-present score to the complete lack of narrative momentum, it all adds up to a film that's easily Van Sant's worst..”
by Oliver Lyttelton [The Playlist]


“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..more depravity, more terrible acting..”
by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


“..the rest of it - the healer, the journalist, the falcons - is just a thick, tedious layer of frost on the window..”
by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]