Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Mark Wahlberg follows up his performance in The Fighter, one of the better films of 2010, with Contraband; an exhausted action film that’s been done at least 1000 times already. This time Ben Foster is given a little more room to stretch out and Giovanni Ribisi becomes a full-fledged villain, with squeaky voice and all. Contraband wouldn’t be such a disappointing film if director Baltasar Kormákur actually utilized his full cast, instead he goes for the quickest and shallowest action film imaginable. The characters are superficial and the action is mild for an R-rated film. Contraband is all bark and no bite."