From Paris with Love (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 the bad guys not only want to cause damage to the city, but want James killed. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovimore
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
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


John Travolta
as Charlie Wax
Richard Durden
as Ambassador Benningto...
Eric Godon
as Foreign Minister
Sami Darr
as The Pimp
Julien Hagnery
as Chinese Punk
Mostéfa Stiti
as Dir Yasin
Monstefa Stiti
as Dir Yasin
Rebecca Dayan
as Foreign Minister's A...
Michael Vander-Meire...
as Airport Security Off...
Didier Constant
as Customs Official
Alexandra Boyd
as Head of the Delegati...
Stephen Shagov
as Embassy Security
Mike Powers
as Embassy Security
Jeffrey Braco
as Embassy Security
Nick Loren
as Chief of Security
Farid Elouardi
as Bearded Driver
Joaquim Almeria
as Trenchcoat 1
Bing Yin
as M. Wong
Melissa Mars
as Wax's Hooker
Yin Hang
as Asian Hooker "German...
Frédéric Chau
as Chinese Maitre D
Tam Solo
as Suicidal Pakistani
David Gasman
as German Tourist, The ...
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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

Wax: Welcome to Paris, baby.

"Two agents. One city. No merci."

From Paris with Love is a ridiculous,  moronic, gun toting, zero brain having action thriller. There's no originality to be had with this one. From start to finish it's a standard, all action movie; and thank God for that because when they stop long enough to speak is when it gets unwatchable. So I obviously hated the movie, right? Wrong. Come on... it may be stupid, it may be unoriginal, but it's 90 minutes of pure popcorn fun. Not all movies have to change the world. This one certainly didn't, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 

An American embassy worker in Paris gets pulled into a terrorist plot when he is told to pick up a special ops agent named Wax. The two run around Paris getting in shootouts, car chases, and anything else you can think of. Hell for half the movie, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is carrying a vase full of cocaine. It's not an intelligent thriller, but it makes up for it with knowing just how bad it is. Nobody involved here thought they were doing anything more than making a dumb action movie. When a film is aware of just how moronic it is, it almost makes up for it.

The film also doesn't overstay its small welcome. When the film actually starts, it ends up running around an hour. The first half hour is just introductory bullshit. I even had fun watching that. There's definitely a certain satisfaction I got from watching Travolta be even crazier than normal. Plus, he has a nice little Royale with Cheese to remind everyone that he has starred in a smart action movie before. I always like a nice little allusion.

Not good. I'll be the first to admit that, but if you are willing to throw your brain away for an hour and a half and just bask in the ridiculousness of everything that is this movie; you could potentially have a lot of fun. Actually, I just watched it for the second time, yet it felt like the first. Probably because I forgot the whole movie twenty minutes after watching it, which will probably happen again this time. It's a movie that will always feel like the first time.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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