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Grosse Pointe Blank

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 4

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Most people have trouble deciding what to say when they're asked what they've been doing with their lives at a High School reunion, but Martin Blank (as played by John Cusack) has a different problem than most -- he has to make his career sound less interesting than it actually is. Martin is a former CIA operative who is now a freelance hit man, making good money for killing people he doesn't know. However, Martin's game has been a bit off lately; he's no longer happy in his work, and both his

May 19, 1998

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (14) | DVD (14)

Despite some early indications from the two Cusacks and Arkin that it's going to be funny, it winds up an unholy mess that becomes steadily more incoherent -- morally, dramatically, and conceptually.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Cusack is charming and assured in the film.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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For what is essentially a one-joke movie, this has an awful lot going for it.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Quirky mix of laughs, romance, strong violence.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

With its darkly comic sensibilities and morally flawed protagonists, this won't be to everyone's taste, but those who can get on its wavelength will appreciate the savory witticisms and dryly acute observations.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

For John Cusack lovers, "Grosse Pointe Blank" is one of his best, an engaging showcase for his droll demeanor and a seamless blend of comedy and action. It's light entertainment, in spite of the body count.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Silly black comedy fires a blank.

September 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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One of the true delights of 1990s American cinema.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

A slick, mannered and frequently clever comedy.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

L'une des comédies américaines les plus honnêtes et efficaces des années 90

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Panorama

One of 1997's best films, and certainly the funniest and freshest.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

The action is fast and furious, and so are the punchlines.

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

An incredibly hip look at growing up.

September 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Armitage encourages [Gen-Xers] to keep the skeptical attitude, but to also negotiate some sort of confusing middle ground between maintaining the image without "selling out".

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Views

It's the best date film I've seen in a long time: at least 12 people die.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (3)
Film Threat

Calling this blend of comedy and violence Tarantino lite may sound like a bash, but it isn't.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

Great pace, strong dialogue, and a fun fresh angle on the life of a hit man.

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Except for a few near-miss scenes, director George Armitage's romantic comedy hits the target.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

As a whole, this film only succeeds in making extraordinary people and situations to look banal.

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

If you can ignore the tiresome romance and the incessant playing of largely inane music on the soundtrack, Grosse Point Blank has much to recommend it.

May 20, 2003 | Comments (2)
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for Grosse Pointe Blank

This pet project for star, co-writer, and producer John Cusack follows Martin Blank- a former CIA operative turned freelance assassin. He's generally good at his job, and it pays well, but lately his game has been a bit off, and he's starting to tire of it. Following the advice of his secretary and his nervous psychiatrist, he is urged to take a final job in his old hometown of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Incidentally, the time of the job coincides with his 10 year high school reunion, and, while he's not exactly excited about it, this gives him the opportunity to tie up loose ends with his past, namely reconciling with his school love whom he stood up on prom night and hasn't seen since. On top of all of that, he's got people out to kill him, and is being hounded by his persistent arch rival hitman who has an enticing business offer, and won't take no for an answer.

Man, for a romantic action comedy, that sure is one hefty plot! Thankfully the film goes down quite easy, and doesn't end up being quite as laborious and complicated as I've no doubt made it sound. It's breezy, funny (sometimes downright hilarious), quite charming, and feverishly entertaining. Yeah, there's a lot of cliched stuff going on here, but it blends together pretty decently, even though the film could have probably found a way to end that didn't involve delving into a typical action movie climax.

It does have a quite snazzy soundtrack though, and the score was done by Joe Strummer, so that's all awesome. John Cusack delivers a typically solid performance full of his trademark mix of charm, likability, and neuroses. His sister Joan is a scene stealing riot as the secretary, Alan Arkin is a lot of fun as the psychiatrist, Dan Aykroyd is wickedly funny as Martin's rival, and then finally we have Minnie Driver as the old flame Debi. A lot of people seem to not like her, but I think she's a decent actress, fairly attractive, and does decently here as the spurned woman with an understandable grudge.

The film really isn't groundbreaking, but it is quite well played and never dull. It's primarily a comedy, but the action is done decently too, with my favorite setpiece being the amazingly funny shootout at a convenience store.

Overall, this is a nice little entertaining gem. It's definitely a quirky 90s movie, and though it is flawed, it's still an enjoyable ride.
November 30, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

An entertaining if completely forgettable and too cute take of an assassin (John Cusack) who comes home to attend his high school reunion, and along the way he tries to relight the flame of a failed relationship with a radio DJ (Minnie Driver), all while trying to dodge a hit placed on him. It starts out fast, funny, and full of dark comedy, but by the time you reach about the 3/4 mark of it, you get the point and wish it would just end already. The perfect example of a movie that feels longer than it really is (only breaking 100 minutes or so). However, these are the kinds of films John Cusack has done his entire career, constantly underselling his outstanding feel for darkness and comedic timing, and instead settling for material that is not deserving of his status. As said, this is an okay film, certainly not bad, but it is just disappointing at the end of it that it has to be completely silly and, in the end, kind of incomprehensible.
August 15, 2012
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Professional contract killer Martin Blank decides to stop off at his high school reunion while out on a job and rekindles an old flame in the shape of Minnie Driver. Part romantic comedy, part post-Tarantino noir, this is the kind of cinematic hybrid that can sometimes go disastrously wrong (Gigli anyone? Thought not....) but this brilliantly written example is not one of them. The dialogue is witty, snappy and insightful, it has likeable characters played by a great cast headed by John Cusack at his most charming and who shares a real chemistry with his co-star. There are also some great supporting performances by Dan Aykroyd as a rival hitman, Alan Arkin as Blank's unwilling psychiatrist and Joan Cusak as his kind of post-modern old school noir style secretary. Add brisk no nonsense pacing and well handled set pieces and you have a smart and funny black comedy that works on every level.
March 16, 2012
xGary Xx

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    1. Martin Blank: I possessed a certain moral ambiguity the CIA was looking for.
    – Submitted by Mary Ann M (19 months ago)
    1. Mr. Grocer: Hey, hey, bing bing bing bing bang! POPCORN!
    – Submitted by Emely G (3 years ago)
    1. Martin Blank: I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How've you been?
    – Submitted by Emely G (3 years ago)
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