Among the positive reviews, The Times' Kenneth Turan writes, "Effectively directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Neeson in
He adds, "Obviously, those seeking iron-clad plausibility should look elsewhere, but 'Non-Stop' does have its share of unanticipated sequences as well as Neeson's forcefulness. The actor throws himself wholeheartedly into the proceedings, prowling the aisles like a vengeful ghost, trying to keep his own demons in check while matching wits with an enemy who always seems to be one step ahead of him."
The Associated Press' Jake Coyle, one the other hand, is less impressed with "Non-Stop." He writes, "As with so many high-concept films, it takes an awful lot of implausibility to keep the story airborne." Considering Neeson's recent string of thrillers, including "Taken,"
Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice similarly laments that Neeson doesn't have better material to work with. "If only 'Non-Stop' were worthy of him," she writes. "Neeson does just about everything right in this terror-in-the-skies thriller." The problem, it would seem, is the overall preposterousness. "Nobody's demanding an action-thriller plot that's 100 percent plausible," Zacharek says. "But is 55 percent too much to ask?"
Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger bemoans that "the action thrillers Neeson's been doing lately … have started to blur together, making it hard to tell them apart. Sometimes you wonder if he can tell them apart, or even tries to. Show up, throw some pulled punches, pick up a check."
"Non-Stop," though, "at least has the advantage of a good costar in
"But if it works, it's because Neeson and Collet-Serra, as well as Julianne Moore as Neeson's business-class seatmate Jen, are all fully aware of how ludicrous this exercise is."