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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal 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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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter 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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  • 75

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    USA Today 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 adaptation.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Remake of '70s thriller is riveting but violent and intense.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action-packed remake of the gritty, same-named 1970s thriller is intense and violent and not meant for young kids. The fast-paced story is accompanied by heaping doses of realistic, bloody (expect lots of gunplay ... and resulting gore spatters) and profanity (including lots of "s--t"s and "f--k"s). But on the up side, there's not much in the way of sex, product placement, or substance use/abuse.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does it have more or less impact than the fights and explosions in more fantasy-based movies? How does this movie compare to other thrillers? Is it believable? Does that matter? Parents and teens who've seen the original can also discuss how this one stacks up. Why do so many movies get remade in Hollywood?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A man and his crew hijack a subway train for money and kill anyone who gets in the way. But another man tries to erase a wrongdoing by stepping up to the plate to help, and strangers aid each other in a time of crisis.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of very realistic threats and gunfire, with gory results. People are shot point-blank, their blood spattering everywhere.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A young woman flashes her bra to her boyfriend via Webcam.

  • language false4

    Language: Lots of strong language throughout, including very frequent use of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue