'Transporter 3' Critic Reviews
Daily Mirror [UK]
It is a full-throttle action film which works best if you leave your brain at the door... and there's nothing wrong with that!
With its eco-trappings, car chases and fights, the film feels very sub-Quantum Of Solace. The fact that Quantum itself felt very sub-Bourne says even less for Transporter 3. Even if you're a Statham fan, this series is starting to feel tired.
Transporter 3 is a reassuringly beefy thriller in which Jason Statham has to drive very fast across Eastern Europe with a Ukranian beauty queen on the seat beside him. No one, including Jason, has the slightest clue why. Never mind.
Enjoyably ridiculous thriller, in which plot logic and characterisation are gleefully ignored in favour of jaw-dropping action sequences, superb fight scenes and Statham's brilliantly deadpan performance.
Speeded-up motion camera tics add to overall jerkiness - and a series of coincidences and unexplained comings and goings leave you thinking that Besson is impatient with actual story-telling. Fantasy thugs may relish this no-brainer actioner.
Antagony & Ecstasy
Every bit as dumb as its predecessors, but - importantly - it is not nearly so much fun.
New York Press
Forget the Oscar bait, Transporter 3 is the only movie you need to see this season.
Valentina is angry and resigned and just-so-adorably exotic, in the sense that she misses nuance and inverts English syntax ("What matters my name?").
At the Movies
A mindless, silly waste of time.
At the Movies
I had less problems with the characters and more trouble with the actual action, which felt really antiseptic to me.
Jason Statham has become a kind of poor man's James Bond but if you're expecting a coherent plot, forget it. There isn't one. Just action sequences that often lack continuity.
Jason Statham preforms more implausible derring-do as a butt-stomping, daredevil driver for hire.
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It's insane, it's ridiculous, it's way over the top, and while it might not be the best in the franchise, it mostly delivers what its target audience wants.
Check your intellect at the door for some raucous movie fun. Statham's deadpan charm and rough and tumble alpha male swagger prove he's loving every minute of being the last action hero left
This is a silly film, but all martial arts films are silly. What sets this apart is that it doesn't take itself seriously for even a nanosecond.
What Would Toto Watch?
Transporter 3 delivers precisely the same thrills as the first two installments. Take that as a warning - or an invitation.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
the action scenes are cut so tight that it's nearly impossible to tell what's going on
We get close-ups, awkward camera movements, speed-up/slow-down nonsense, and shots with missing frames. I had to look away a few times because I thought I was going to have a seizure. This was NOT a fun movie to watch.
While it will no doubt end up being a let down even for the die hardest of fans, the film does contain a couple of interesting thrills here and there.
I realized I had had my fill of the series right around the time Jason Statham was forced to perform a striptease in order to get the keys to his car."
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Even a usually easy-to-please sneak preview audience reacted to the film's violations of physics and common sense with glum silence rather than the hoots and hollers that signify approval of the unlikely feats in James Bond and Indiana Jones films.
And if you're addicted to action, it will put you in adrenaline-freak heaven.
It's kinda fast, it looks cheap, it's definitely out of control.
Common Sense Media
Smash-up action sequel is a little rough for young teens.
Salt Lake Tribune
I think by now even Jason Statham is getting a little bored with the over-the-top stunts and martial-arts action of producer/writer Luc Bessons franchise -- if only the money werent so good.