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February 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Non-Stop has just about everything critics look for in movies — an intelligent (if far-fetched) script, fast-paced direction, and most of all an indelible performance by its star, Liam Neeson. “The actor’s face is capable of convincing anguish and despair as well as naked fury, and when he invests himself in a scenario, his authority and integrity sweep us along with him,” writes Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. Likewise, Joe Morgenstern comments in the Wall Street Journal: “What holds the movie together, and us in its thrall, is Mr. Neeson’s big, often bludgeony presence.” In USA Today, Claudia Puig writes, “While it’s entertaining trying to suss out who the bad guy is in this mile-high whodunit [it concerns a threatened airline hijacking], it’s almost as fun watching a 60ish action star like Liam Neeson take on legions of younger, fitter folks and fend them off.” In the New York Times Manohla Dargis maintains that the movie “doesn’t make any sense, but that’s expected, uninteresting and incidental to the pleasures of a slow-season Liam Neeson release as diverting as this one.” Several critics take note of the fact that the film provides numerous plot twists, some of which test believability. “Non-Stop spends so much time trying to outwit the audience [that] it ends up outwitting itself,” comments Tom Long in the Detroit News, But Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News concludes, “The best twist is how Neeson’s growly presence makes a bumpy ride enjoyable.”