'Kidnapped' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
35%
Rotten Tomatoes:   21 reviews
  • New York Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Starting as a coldly realistic thriller, this film eventually loses its bearings as the director Miguel Angel Vivas succumbs to a fit of nihilism, transforming "Kidnapped" into gruesome tit-for-tat torture porn.
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  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    As most of Kidnapped is devoted to watching people in extreme duress, leaving room for little else, it follows that the film exists solely to be "intense."
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  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Survival horror has rarely been approached so sparingly and yet, for all there is to admire... the initial sense of potential suspense gives way to the creeping contempt of familiarity.
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  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    My eyes never left the screen and my attention never wandered; in a restricted, technical sense of the term, "Kidnapped" is a masterpiece.
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  • David Rooney Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Gripping but grueling, this Spanish debut feature scores on technical prowess but its nihilistic viciousness is hard to take.
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  • Laura Kern Film Comment Magazine
    Thoroughly unsettling.
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  • John Gholson Cinematical
    If you need to challenge your personal threshold for watching realistic human suffering, then look no further than this nihilistic Spanish home invasion thriller.
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  • Anton Bitel Little White Lies
    this is the horror of hopelessness and nihilism made thrillingly visceral, without any of the distancing buffers of monsters or the supernatural.
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  • Thomas Caldwell Cinema Autopsy
    50
    Kidnapped is a middling film, although it does have some impressive elements.
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  • Shaun Munro What Culture
    50
    Plenty diverting from a stylistic perspective, but the story behind the flair is positively stone-age.
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  • Jeremy Heilman MovieMartyr.com
    46
    Vivas, by generally refusing to cut, imbues Kidnapped with more gory details than the average thriller. The narrative cost at which this verisimilitude comes, however, seems a touch too high.
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  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    63
    More a grim, crafty exercise rather than anything deeper, but it still delivers the desired impact.
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  • Erik Childress eFilmCritic.com
    75
    Kidnapped proves to be the rule and the exception as writer/director Miguel Angel Vivas has a few tricks up his sleeves on the fringes of the same old ones.
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  • Noel Murray AV Club
    67
    While Kidnapped doesn't add anything substantially new to the tradition, Vivas hits his marks with ruthless efficiency.
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  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    40
    Some kind of napping for sure...
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  • Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine
    Relies on the nerve-wracking effect of women's screams and hysterical sobbing for tension...an exercise in audience torture more than anything else.
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  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    42
    Truthfully, the picture is punishment, often stumbling into superfluous rage, but there's plenty of slick filmmaking mischief here to examine when the movie gets sloppy with harsh acts of shock value.
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  • Nick Schager Slant Magazine
    50
    Whereas Vivas's aesthetic is initially intimate, a raft of split-screens and circuitous tracking shots soon call undue attention to themselves.
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  • Prairie Miller NewsBlaze
    There's likely an audience for this sort of paranoid simulated snuff where enjoying the pain of others is key. But in a world now where gleeful heads of state boast giddily how they've bombed or executed anonymous victims into oblivion, is it any wonder.
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  • Harvey S. Karten Compuserve
    67
    The company knows how to ratchet up the tension but the thriller lacks Michael Haneke-style clever dialogue.
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