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Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) Reviews

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013
Mesrine: Killer Instinct is a triumphant gangster film. It's exhilarating throughout thanks to a masterful performance by Vincent Cassel and some expertly staged action scenes. Comparing this one to Goodfellas would not be a stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
Rollicking, epic, and the more riveting, more entertaining half of this two-part epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Four hours of French gangsters may not sound like a cinematic joy, but with Euro-star Vincent Cassel in the lead role, the movie is utterly hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 11, 2011
In the moment it's thrilling stuff, but strung together over hours it becomes clear that [Richet] has absolutely nothing to say about Mesrine.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 6, 2010
... crackles with tension and violence, driven by [Vincent] Cassel's powerhouse performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 29, 2010
This masterpiece combines the best of 'Scarface,' 'The Godfather' and 'Bonnie and Clyde'. Vincent Cassel tackles the demanding lead role and is simply magnificent. There is no shortage of action, violence and ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 8, 2010
It may not capture the fullness of the man?s life, but it does effectively capture his presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 7, 2010
It captures the rush of crime as a way of life for a man who did and took whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, simply because he could take it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
September 24, 2010
...a stylish gangster flick with lots of action and a super cool, larger-than-life anti-hero at the center...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2010
French actor Vincent Cassel blows the doors off this bio.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 16, 2010
A macho good time. The rebel without a cause finds out that wartime training with guns has its advantages.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
September 7, 2010
As suave and stylish as its subject, the film is a tour de force of craft and performance, a portrait that captures the spirit of Mesrine in every frame.
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 2, 2010
Despite the graphic violence, Cassell creates a memorable character, perhaps as memorable as the real man he portrays. Elena Anaya stands out as his mistreated wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Tallerico
August 29, 2010
The film around its riveting central performance may be a little more flawed than the entire project's international reputation would have you believe but Vincent Cassel alone makes a trip to Mesrine: Killer Instinct worth the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 27, 2010
To play this larger-than-life character, Richet casts a similarly magnetic performer, Vincent Cassel, an actor who combines the explosive intensity of a young Pacino with the slow-burning restraint of a young DeNiro.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.1/10
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
August 27, 2010
The film offers a close, nostalgic approximation of classical Hollywood gangster cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 27, 2010
Meet the new "Public Enemy." A French "Goodfellas," "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" begins in the 1970s with what might be the end of the life of Jacques Mesrine (a magnificent Vincent Cassel), France's most charismatic criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
August 27, 2010
Cassel, who took the best actor award at France's equivalent of the Oscars for this role, is compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 27, 2010
Lovers of car chases, shootouts, explosions and general mayhem will be turned on by director Jean-Francois Richet's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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