Mathilda is like no New York City girl-child I've ever seen riding the subway. And I couldn't take my eyes off her.
| Original Score: A-
A naive fairy tale splattered with blood.
Ultimately seems at once too deranged and too mechanical.
Besson fails to make much of New York's visual potential, and lazily asks that Leon's expertise be taken on trust. The shallowness was to be expected; the slackness is surprising.
The Professional is much too sentimental to sound shockingly amoral in the least. Even in a finale of extravagant violence, it manages to be maudlin.
| Original Score: 2/5
One pretty awesome action movie.
The bonding of Mathilda and Leon may be among the strangest in the long, tiresome history of odd-couple movies.
It is stylish, darkly humorous, and almost artsy in its approach to the genre.
| Original Score: 3/4
Always at the back of my mind was the troubled thought that there was something wrong about placing a 12-year-old character in the middle of this action.
| Original Score: 2.5/4