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Contraband

Overview


Genre :

Adventure, Action

Release Date :

January 13, 2012

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Baltasar Kormakur

Starring :

Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Diego Luna, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, J.K. Simmons

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Review rate : B

“..while often grungy and far-fetched, does keep you watching..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
2.5 of 4

“..we know we're watching trash..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
“..watching "Contraband," you feel like a cascade of bad decisions were made all along the line..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
2 of 5

“..the suspense is minimal, and the one seemingly unexpected plot development..”
by Josh Bell [Las Vegas Weekly]
Review rate : D+

“..the low-level strengths of the picture..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
“..the images' grubby honesty not only keep the film's temperature on the low side, but also make the overt manipulations of the story appear..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
Review rate : D

“..the formulaic story and far-fetched moments are offset by visual flourishes amid a jittery handheld camera style..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
Review rate : D

“..the film is a little below mediocre but par for the course at this time of the year..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
Review rate : C

“..the absurdity of the story in the largely thrill-free thriller "Contraband," its hairpin twists and outrageous coincidences..”
by Manohla Dargis [New York Times]
“..the abiding tone of Kormakur's film is nervous, prickly agitation, regardless of whether the content calls for it..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]
2 of 4

“..just eat your popcorn and don't ask questions and Contraband will help pass a chilly winter night..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
“..has a diverting kick once its plot finally ambles into motion..”
by Scott Tobias [NPR]
1 of 4

“..flounder on the mechanics of their story's dangerously elaborate scheme..”
by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
“..fans of thuggish showboating will get more than their fill from the ensemble here..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
Review rate : C+

“..demonstrates the tension between a European artsy feature and a Hollywood trashy and exploitational programmer..”
by Emanuel Levy [EmanuelLevy.Com]
Reviewed by Joe Morgenstern [Wall Street Journal]

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