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The Commuter (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Commuter's cast is better than its workmanlike script - which helps make this reasonably diverting Liam Neeson action thriller worth the price of a matinee ticket or rental, if not a full-price ticket.

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In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, Michael is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers.

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Liam Neeson
as Michael MacCauley
Patrick Wilson
as Alex Murphy
Elizabeth McGovern
as Karen McCauley
Sam Neill
as Captain Hawthorne
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Danny MacCauley
Nila Aalia
as Sherri
Colin McFarlane
as Conductor Sam
Adam Nagaitis
as Conductor Jimmy
Kingsley Ben-Adir
as Agent Garcia
Damson Idris
as Agent Denys
Andy Lucas
as Manny Engineer
Zaak Conway
as Caleb O'Malley
Letitia Wright
as Jules Skateboarder
Simon Hibbs
as Sean O'Malley
Ben Nathan
as Police Officer
David Alwyn
as Platform Trooper
Alastair Johns
as Officer O'Neal
Edward Bluemel
as Gwen's Boyfriend
Alana Maria
as Officer Jones
Pat Kiernan
as as Himself
Jaime Menéndez
as Enrique Mendez
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Critic Reviews for The Commuter

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (62)

The film is hobbled by sloppy camera work, ludicrous fight scenes, hairbreadth escapes, and altogether too many suspects.

March 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The whole big thing is, 'Here's the setup, here's the rules.' And then literally 20, 25 minutes in, the film goes, 'I can't be bothered with that.'

August 27, 2018 | Full Review…

An enjoyable, pulpy thrill ride that rises above the usual gamut of throwaway early year thriller releases, The Commuter is made all the more interesting by exciting, creative work behind the camera from Collet-Serra.

August 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The real star is editor Nicholas De Toth, whose breakneck pacing, combined with Neeson's growling charisma, allows us to forget that not much in The Commuter makes a lick of sense.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

All of the elements are there for stylish and suspenseful flick, but the suspense seems to have been forgotten.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4

It's hard not to derive some pleasure from watching Neeson fling himself about a rickety commuter train (and, in one set piece, precariously close to some train tracks), throwing insults at Goldman Sachs "on behalf of the American middle class".

January 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Commuter

Again Neeson is a man in a desperate situation who soon teaches his tormentors that he is not to be messed with. His character is somewhat more realistic than in some of the similar thrillers before, but several parts of the film require quite some suspension of disbelief. The film uses its limited setting well enough for things not to get boring, of course even the trailer had to give away that there is a crash in the end. Some of the supposed twists are not particularly surprising, but the film is entertaining enough not to make you regret being along for the ride.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

So boring and so many dumb action scenes.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Collet-Serra is back with another run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson action movie (the fourth), but this time there is very little to entertain here besides his usual show-off gimmicks, being basically a sillier and less creative version of Non-Stop but on a train instead of an airplane.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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