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Taylor Lautner only partially at fault for “Abduction” bad reviews

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Friends and foes of The “Twilight Saga” films had their eye out for reviews of “Abduction,” the first film in which Taylor Lautner has played a leading role outside of “Twilight”, and one critical to establishing his reputation beyond the franchise. “Abduction” opened tonight, undoubtedly drawing Team Jacob fans to bolster audience ratings and box office sales. Yet, audience approval stood at 77%, with critical support at an abysmal 4%, per Rotten Tomatoes.

While some reviews of Lautner were scathing (Liam Lacey called him “stuck in werewolf mode – teeth-baring, squinting and chest-baring – failing to establishing the emotional foundation of a compelling protagonist”), most negativity related to the film as a whole. What is being called a weak screenplay and questionable directorial choices are being blamed for lackluster performances on the part of all of the stars. Wrote EW’s Owen Gleiberman, “”Abduction” is less a movie than a piece of engineering, a glumly ludicrous cat-and-mouse blowout designed to win Lautner male fans along with his girl demo. He’s not a terrible actor, but if he wants a career after the Twilight fades, he’ll pick better films.”

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