A winter-season product, but perfectly absorbing once it gets going.
-David DenbyFull Review
It's a good, chugging caper movie for the most part.
-Glenn KennyFull Review
Mark Wahlberg delivers the goods in "Contraband," a B-movie about smuggling in boozy, corrupt New Orleans.
-Roger MooreFull Review
Wahlberg could sleepwalk through this role, and does. See this movie and you'll surely follow his lead.
-Peter TraversFull Review
"Contraband" comes off the factory floor with its engine running and ready to drive. But the ride feels overly familiar.
-Tom LongFull Review
Frankly, Wahlberg has outgrown movies like this. And so have we.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
Everyone needs a little action now and then, right? Unfortunately, a little action is all you'll get.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
Though it never quite has us by the lapels, the film is a solid, workmanlike action flick.
-Stephen ColeFull Review
This very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January.
-Betsy SharkeyFull Review
"Contraband" is like an "Ocean's Eleven" movie, minus the glamour.
-Michael O'SullivanFull Review
"Contraband" aims to be dumb fun but gets only the first half right.
-Kyle SmithFull Review
In order to pay it forward, Wahlberg needs to direct it somewhere else, and on and on, until every country has a version of this thing.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
Contraband has a few moments of tension, but it adheres to a predictable heist formula hardly worth trafficking in.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
If you enjoy watching Mark Wahlberg do that action-movie thing he does, you could do worse than to spend your next plane ride watching Contraband.
-Dana StevensFull Review
Whether he's slowing down time or ignoring its rules altogether, Mr. Kormakur's eccentric pacing brings its own dividends, as does what really gets him going in the film.
-Manohla DargisFull Review
It's a so-so heist actioner with some serviceable thrills and better-than-average stunt work that hangs on a formula plot punctuated with fits of disturbing violence aimed at women.
-Linda BarnardFull Review
Contraband is a film to be remembered, vaguely.
-Scott TobiasFull Review
This is an uncommonly well-crafted action adventure, or an action misadventure, given how much goes wrong for the resourceful hero.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
It's like an exciting police procedural turned on its head.
-Colin CovertFull Review
With his Popeye biceps and broody stares, [Wahlberg] can do a character like Chris without even thinking about it - and that's what he does here.
-Steven ReaFull Review
Several graphically violent scenes of women and children in jeopardy make this, ultimately, beneath contempt.
-Ben SachsFull Review
There's a frothy, almost whimsical undercurrent quietly bubbling beneath the dead-serious story.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
Contraband's sense of humor is charmingly macho, real meat and potatoes stuff. Literally.
-Mary F. PolsFull Review
This is a first-rate action film with a great cast, a talented director and a strong script.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
As mindless action capers go, "Contraband" is a little less mindless than some.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
I don't know that a lot of "Contraband'' makes sense. But I'm not sure that it has to.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
Contraband is the kind of thriller that offers just enough in the way of effective elements to assemble a two-minute trailer.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
It's exactly the sort of movie that Hollywood specializes in, the kind which seems on paper as if it ought to be entertaining, but winds up a massive and chaotic drag.
-Andrew O'HehirFull Review
Wahlberg has the presence, the glower and the laconic line readings to guide us through a mess of pain, painlessly.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review