'Untraceable' Critic Reviews

65%
MovieWeb:   16 reviews
16%
Rotten Tomatoes:   150 reviews
  • Clark Collis Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Lane skillfully sells the tech-heavy script. But after a much-too-early reveal of the murderer's identity, the 'low battery' signal starts to flash on this film by thriller specialist Gregory Hoblit.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Morally duplicitous torture porn: how else to describe Untraceable, a bleak, rain-washed horror thriller.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    This new variation on the theme isn't bad, in a gruesome and horrible way, and features a strong performance from Diane Lane as an FBI agent.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Untraceable feels sleazy and gratuitous.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    As Untraceable descends into the progressively more perverted territory, it begins to practice the very hypocrisy it condemns in its audience, engaging in the rancid voyeurism it pretends to abhor.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Janice Page Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Hoblit and veteran cinematographer Anastas Michos try to darken the proceedings by giving us nocturnal characters and Portland at its grayest. But it's window dressing, just like the layers of computer geek-speak that can't disguise an analog-age plot.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Nathan Lee Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Untraceable hasn't the brains of a class-act psychothriller like Silence of the Lambs, and lacks the balls to juice up the trashy verve of the Saw series. Stuck in the middle, it leaves everyone stranded, actors and audience alike.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    63
    Untraceable essentially forces its audience to identify with those who would be willing accomplices to torture and murder.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    This joyless thriller runs the gamut from unconscionable through unwatchable to unendurable. It's also unfathomable that two talented people, Diane Lane and her director, Gregory Hoblit, got themselves involved in such an unpromising enterprise.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The film teases and unnerves for 100 minutes with scenes of cold brutality. Then in a rush to the end, it tries to make it all better, or at least make it more complicated.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Untraceable is a horrifying thriller, smart and tightly told, and merciless.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    In addition to being dull, Untraceable is a monster hypocrite, wagging its finger at the mass audience's appetite for strictly regimented, 'creative' torture scenarios. This film is not really in a position to point a finger.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    By now the hypocrisy of simultaneously condemning and exploiting the audience's sadism has become so commonplace in American movies it hardly seems noteworthy.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    An abhorrent cyberthriller starring a compelling Diane Lane, the film exploits the inhumanity of torture as it cynically condemns Internet rubberneckers (and by extension, moviegoers) for watching it online.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    It would be good to shrug off this film as an unwatchable mess, but sadly it is the work of skilled actors and a proficient crew.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    There's a good movie to be made about the power of the virtual mob, the ethical consequences of participating in it, the costs of free will. But Untraceable isn't it, not by a long shot.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Untraceable has flaws, but this cat-and-mouse team is so hypnotic that all you do is sit there waiting while they deliver one big shock after another.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    Untraceable is a satisfying slice of solidly crafted meat-and-potatoes filmmaking.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    The movie chides us for being a sick voyeuristic society, hungry for the sight of violence. The purity of this moral stance is somewhat clouded by the movie's habit of staging sick violent acts.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    From its obvious foreshadowing to Marsh's big PowerPoint presentation of the killer's cause-and-effect, Untraceable is a mite too traceable to get under the skin.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Philip Marchand Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Untraceable demonstrates, once again, how unnecessary it is for audiences actually to understand technical jargon.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The makers of Untraceable don't have that high an opinion of you.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Over and over again, Hoblit misses opportunities to make an engaging picture, instead giving us a merely pedestrian one.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    Untraceable engenders a reaction that is one part fascination, one part disappointment, and two parts frustration.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    This taut, savvy cyber-thriller makes for one of the better net flicks.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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