From Paris with Love (2010)



Critic Consensus: Thought not without its charms -- chief among them John Travolta's endearingly over-the-top performance -- From Paris with Love is too muddled and disjointed to satisfy.

Movie Info

This action film, directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), concerns young CIA agent James Reece (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) who has a cushy day job but dreams of an exciting life in the field. When the agency offers him his first big-time assignment, James must team with crazed lone wolf Charlie Wax (John Travolta) to stop a terrorist bombing plot. Although James is initially in way over his head, he soon realizes that he needs to trust Charlie if he wants to live his dream and save his own life, because … More

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Besson, Adi Hasak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 2010
Box Office: $24.0M
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Critic Reviews for From Paris with Love

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (37)

If you like a violent, silly, frenetic style of film you'll find plenty to enjoy here.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

Itâ(TM)s not enough to allow the film to rise above its guilty-until-proven-innocent conception of justice. Reprehensible, then, but what fun!

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The goatee-sporting, shaven-headed Travolta throws himself around with gusto, and the action is bruising and bloody, but to a viewer on this side of La Manche, the film's casually racist attitude to its non-white characters is shocking.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Movie Talk

...a workable premise that's squandered from the word go...

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Suddenly I'm nostalgic for Battlefield Earth.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

It's stupid, it's unoriginal, and it makes very little sense... but that's not all bad.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
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Audience Reviews for From Paris with Love

Non stop action lots of explosions a wise cracking Travolta. This was a good time from start to finish. Didnt have to think at all!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Entertaining but ultimately dumb action thriller with Travolta trying to be Mr. Cool once again. It works for some scenes but feels forced in others. It's just one of those action films that tries to tell a story set in the real world, but isn't really. Too many plot holes, inconsistencies and unbelievable character decisions make this a work of pulp, that shows little respect for the worth of a human life. That being said, the very bloody shootouts are well filmed and you never get bored, because it all happens rather fast. In the end you're wondering what all the fuzz was about, shrug and move on to entertainment with more content.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Luc Besson productions are either hit or miss and unfortunately, and surprisingly considering Pierre Morel's Taken and District 13, From Paris with Love is a big fat 'Royale with Cheese' miss. It's action packed as you'd expect but it's not pparticularlyfunny, it's not very well acted and the story isn't at all up to scratch. It's a bit of a mess really and not much fun to watch.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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