Unstoppable 2010

Critics score:
86 / 100

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Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: A love of number-crunching makes the audience feel engaged in a deadly algebra problem. Four miles! 2000 feet! Population 780,000! Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: There's a gut-level simplicity to "Unstoppable" that works despite all its cliches. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: Unstoppable is a movie that's all about getting the job done, no matter what that job happens to be in the course of a day. The movie, easily Scott's best since Crimson Tide, does exactly that thing itself. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Its story is largely forgettable, and its pleasures are transitory, limited to the actors (including Rosario Dawson and Kevin Corrigan, working up a sweat back in dispatch) and to its moments of beauty and strange comedy. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: Finally, we've found the ideal use for Tony Scott's hyperkinetic, headache-inducing filmmaking style: a movie about a runaway train. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term. It's a motion picture about motion, an action symphony that gives new meaning to the notion of a one-track mind. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Some movies win you Oscars, and some have you playing second banana to an evil train -- and both have their place. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: As long as Unstoppable stays on the train, it's queasily effective. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: Unstoppable is a movie in a hurry, quickly building a momentum that befits its title and never letting up till the end. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: There's a train. It can't be stopped. What else do you really need to know? Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The main story is gripping, flawlessly paced, and nicely grounded in operational detail. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Unmanned freight train's loose. Must be stopped. Veteran train engineer Denzel Washington and newbie Chris Pine are on the job. Questions? I can't believe we wasted even that much time on the plot. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Once it gets rolling it doesn't pause for breath, and it's safe to say you won't, either. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Like it or not, there are some things that movies do best. Movies do not generally do a great job with anything involving heavy-duty cogitation, but when it comes to runaway trains, the medium is peerless. All aboard! Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: This isn't groundbreaking fare, mind you. But Unstoppable muscles through its story of peril with crafted intensity and a few well-placed grins. Read more

Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly: It's all speed, sound, and fury -- and in that, Tony Scott is the right man for the job. Read more

Laremy Legel, Film.com: NONE of us is as dumb as ALL of us: The real life story of how we (seriously) lost control of a train! Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: Delivers all the goods mainstream action fans could want. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: "Unstoppable" is as good as its name. A runaway train drama that never slows down, it fashions familiarity into a virtue and shows why old-school professionalism never goes out of style. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: An action thriller seriously devoid of action or thrills, the curiously sluggish Unstoppable is the slowest, talkiest movie you'll ever see about a runaway freight train loaded with toxic chemicals. Read more

Bruce Diones, New Yorker: Though it's a ridiculous ride, it offers the heightened pulse of a great race. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: It takes a little while to pick up speed, but once Tony Scott's "Unstoppable" starts moving, it becomes a lean, efficient action flick. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Get popcorn and flex your chomping muscles. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: The director of the limp "Pelham 123″ remake takes a second shot at his railway movie, and this time gets it right. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Scott shoots and edits Unstoppable with roller-coaster momentum and an eye (and ear) on that roaring tonnage of steel. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Unstoppable, a 95-minute thrill ride from director Tony Scott, delivers the right level of adrenaline. Unfortunately, the sheer exhilaration is dampened somewhat by an overreliance upon action/thriller stock situations and characters. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie is as relentless as the train, slowly gathering momentum before a relentless final hour of continuous suspense. In terms of sheer craftsmanship, this is a superb film. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Unstoppable is a bang-up ride that means to wring you out. Mission accomplished. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: An adrenaline-infused runaway-train flick that perfectly distills director Tony Scott's talents and limitations. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: This is a terrific, sweaty, men-on-a-mission adventure, with heroic blue-collar railwaymen, pencil-pushing bureaucrats and hotheads in the head office battling to halt an unmanned runaway train. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In the midst of hard times, "Unstoppable" is a welcome reminder that America builds at least one thing better than any other country: action movies. Read more

Globe and Mail: Though inspired by a real incident, the movie is an opportunistic political allegory about an economy that's out of control and industries that are weakened by layoffs, under-staffing and corporate callousness. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Being an explosive personality himself, Scott really knows how to ratchet up the tension, with lots of fast cuts and relentless action. Read more

Trevor Johnston, Time Out: Very big train hits stuff. Bish bash bosh. Job done. Great fun. Read more

Scott Bowles, USA Today: Unstoppable gathers steam with a plot that's predictable but plausible and a few old-school-filmmaking flourishes that churn the picture forward. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: Given the linear, one-track nature of the plot, Scott and Bomback prove surprisingly effective at delivering a well-rounded experience, going out of their way to fill in the personalities of their two leads. Read more

Brian Miller, Village Voice: It's like a mashup of classic commercials for Ford pickup trucks. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com: Of course it's implausible, but it's also consistently entertaining. Read more