Grosse Pointe Blank Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 2, 2011
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Miami Herald
September 2, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 30, 2011
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 29, 2011
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 27, 2011
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2009
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.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
Cusack is charming and assured in the film.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For what is essentially a one-joke movie, this has an awful lot going for it.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A soggy, all-over-the- place mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
An entertaining oddity, an amiably black comedy whose bared teeth double as an engaging smile: It takes a satiric bite and leaves you laughing through the pain. For that, we can thank the writers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
A bright burst of action and comedy with a cast that makes for rousing good company.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Clever enough to make jokes about Greco-Roman wrestling and make them funny, Grosse Pointe Blank's greatest success is the way it maintains its comic attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
What makes us laugh at this dark comedy is the insolence its creators hold for the very bones of their narrative.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The film offers sufficient small pleasures to make it worth enduring the less effective elements. As a result, while Grosse Pointe Blank fails to deliver a fullisade, at least the chamber's not empty, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film takes the form but not the feel of a comic thriller. It's quirkier than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Directed jauntily by George Armitage, it has the jokey, winsome tone of his earlier Miami Blues and enough wild-card energy to keep it bright and surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Cusack's talents are delicate and appealing, but not propulsive enough to lead the movie to triumph.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
It's a sad day when an actor who's totally, beautifully in touch with his dark side finds himself stuck in a movie that's scared of its own shadow.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
With a breezy unpredictability that belies a darker underside, Grosse Pointe Blank, directed by George Armitage, is the kind of quirky, character-driven comedy they don't make much anymore.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
April 11, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: A-