'Takers' Critic Reviews

70%
MovieWeb:   7 reviews
28%
Rotten Tomatoes:   109 reviews
  • Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    At least they do look sharp in those suits.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Conceived and executed with just enough skill and flair to make you wish it were better.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Phelim O'Neill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Wall-to-wall music, glossy handheld camerawork and frantic editing all conspire to try and make this seem a lot more exciting than the relentlessly unimaginitive script deserves.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    The dialogue is cliched and laughable. It's a film far more concerned with style -- architectural, vehicular and wardrobe-related -- than substance.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Anderson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Luessenhop and his antic camera are after a kineticism that eludes them: He shoots too closely; he's practically crawling up his characters' nostrils with his unhinged camera.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Takers might have made a perfectly decent little B heist movie, but someone had to go and forget to give the cameraman his Ritalin.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Amidst the gangsta posing and some overly operatic shootouts, [Dillon] helps give Takers some crucial currency.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    Someone has to say it, so I will: Shaky cam is out of control.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    as long as you understand exactly what kind of hack cinema you are getting into, Takers can be pretty fun.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Laughable subplots about Elba's addicted sister (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) and Dillon's crooked partner (Jay Hernandez) only slow the action, which is all this movie has going for it.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Takers is a slick heist film, but that's all it is.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brian Lowry Variety (Top Critic)
    A respectable but watered-down heist movie.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    A Michael Mann-ish heist thriller with a pulse-pounding foot chase and some terrific stunt work offsetting its hackneyed plot and dialogue.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    The performers are given stock types to play, and Elba and Dillon, at least, can do a little with that.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    The screenplay is credited to four writers, director John Luessenhop among them, and they've all been busy cutting-and-pasting from other movies.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Once you get past the recycled quality of the characters and dialogue, the movie has some stylish action sequences and moderately clever plot turns.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    It's hard to imagine anyone who sees the movie not being at least moderately engaged.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Farber Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The stunt work is amazing, and the pace is breathless enough to keep one watching right up to the somewhat ambiguous conclusion.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    20
    Even with all of the action, and with a few plot twists that are kinda cool, there's really not enough to Takers to make it worth your time.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Hanlon Big Hollywood
    60
    A fun and engaging film with an exciting young cast making the most out of an uneven script.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    50
    It seems the writers thought the essentials of a heist film were a half-baked heist sequence and lots of gunfire. They seem to forget that if there's not a good story and characters in place to carry those extra elements, none of them will matter.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    42
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness
    42
    A mini-Michael Mann effort populated by one-dimensional cliches.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    30
    No one's asking a low-priority contemporary robbery movie to be Rififi, but there's such a thing as striving for some kind of quality that will set you apart from the anonymous pack. And no one thought to do that here.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Shaun Munro Obsessed With Film
    40
    Not even a good effort from Matt Dillon -- who seems to play the hard-done-by cop/security guard for the umpteenth time here -- can provide this stodgy outing with the caffeine kick it is sorely in need of.
    Full Review » 4 years ago