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  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Despite a clever script and top-notch cast, whose commitment to doing service in the indie branch of the industry is commendable, Unknown falls apart just when it should be coming together. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It all comes together at the end, logically and with a twist. But it's not a game that allows the audience to play along. When the story is controlled by whatever memories the writer and director choose to put in the characters' heads, you're always on the outside looking in. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's an entertaining diversion whose clever structure gives pulp-crime cliches a welcome twist. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    While Brand manages a couple of effectively brutal bits of violence, Matthew Waynee's gassy screenplay is all premise and no propulsion. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    To kill 80 minutes, the movie has to pad itself with several dull speeches and stagy moments. The worst? How about when the five men, who have ample reason to fear each other and are facing a life-or-death reckoning, whistle "Ode to Joy" together like a bunch of Whiffenpoofs? show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Unknown is punchy and entertaining. Maybe not the sort of thing you'd want to spend $10 plus a mortgage for popcorn on, but a nifty surprise on DVD several months from now -- or on pay-cable on-demand right now. show more

  • 40
    Empire

    Moderately lame horror. show more

  • 58
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Unknown seems fairly stale and unoriginal, mainly because it's yet another movie with the short-term memory loss premise ("Memento," "Fifty First Dates," etc.), and it comes so late in the cycle that it feels like a dying gasp. show more

  • 50
    M. E. Russell Portland Oregonian

    Unfortunately, the film's charm ends with the plot gimmick. show more

  • 70
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Music video director Simon Brand makes an impressively taut debut with Unknown, a nifty little psychological crime thriller that suggests a "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" for the postindustrial age. show more

  • March 09, 2011 lbscottkc78
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    A terrible movie full of cliches, tired story lines borrowed from other films, a "twist" that could be seen a mile off. Not worth spending a dime on. This was a Hollywood slap it together and hope Liam Neson can carry it to making a few bucks. Liam, I'm ashamed you wasted your talent on this total dog.

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