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From Paris with Love (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 97

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.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 25

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.

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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

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Luc Besson, Adi Hasak

Jun 8, 2010

$24.0M

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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (97) | DVD (6)

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

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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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!

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Is the movie worth seeing as a travelogue? Only if you are (a) a masochist, (b) a terrorist, or (c) desperate.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Crushing dull repetition that makes one noisy, violent scene play exactly like the last one.

February 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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The bazooka was as subtle and witty as the movie.

February 8, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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For better or worse, From Paris With Love is an effective stimulant.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Suddenly I'm nostalgic for Battlefield Earth.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

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

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Travolta stuffs it up, again.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Lacking any compelling style, attitude or storytelling.

June 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

A fun, over the top action movie that doesn't care that it's stupid and over the top.

June 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Not even the pleasures inherent in watching John Travolta mug it up as a gonzo CIA operative bent on breaking things and killing people... are sufficient recompense for sitting through this by-the-numbers slog from the fevered brain of Luc Besson

June 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Morel's underrated eye and knack for making kinetic movement rhythmic and easy to follow elevates Besson's run-of-the-mill, mismatched-buddy thriller into a propulsive, enjoyably Eurotrashy entertainment.

June 15, 2010 Full Review Source: GreenCine
GreenCine

It's both a classic mismatched buddy action movie transplanted to Paris and a French idea of an American action movie abroad.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

With a screenwriter formerly of the Israeli Airborne Defense Forces, this is the kind of sour anti-terror travelogue where you're set up to howl on cue when bearded or burka clad Arab insurgents are preemptively shot in the head or blown to smithereens.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comment (1)
NewsBlaze

Action fans are likely to be as giddy as the perma-grinning Travolta.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A blistering pace, a certifiable performance from Travolta and a delicious body count.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

From Paris with Love is exactly the kind of mindless entertainment that we've come to expect from [Luc Besson].

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

From Paris with Love attempts to reimagine John Travolta as a potty-mouthed soldier of fortune who's not only stock but dated.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

Itâ(TM)s absolute nonsense, of course, but does quite nicely as knockabout Friday night fun. We can smell a sequel if Travolta can be bothered.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Not suitable for vegetarians due to ham content.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (2)
Film4

Audience Reviews for From Paris with Love

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.
October 8, 2012
ironclad1609

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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.
August 8, 2012
SirPant

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.
July 30, 2012
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Melvin White

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    1. Charlie Wax: Checkmate, motherfucker!
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Charlie Wax: This motherfucker hates Americans so much, even though we saved his country's ass in not only one world war but two, he still won't let me through with my cans!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. James Reece: Sir, you do realize that I am not Special Ops certified, right?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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