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Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1)

Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1) (2010)

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Everything about the second half is snappier, especially the acting...

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Cassel injects a jolt of wild energy and ambiguity into what could easily have been another flatulent, apologist gangster epic.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's so killer, it makes Part 1 seem like nothing but a flesh wound.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

A French crime-gangster film of epic proportions

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Together, these two films represent a thinking-man's gangster movie. They contain the self-reflection and real-life grit, but without ponderous self-indulgence.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

A restless character study in which an otherwise unremarkable individual, tossed by the tides of fate, emerges unexpectedly as remarkable, but in all the wrong ways

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

a fascinating true-life story that suffers only from trying too hard to be completely true to life.

October 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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French actor Vincent Cassel, as Mesrine, delivers in spades.

August 29, 2010 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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vi%u0161e nego dobar primjer gangsterskog filma

December 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Mesrine is a lean, flashy, fast-moving, somewhat repetitive film, very French in some ways, yet lacking the gravitas of the crime movies starring Jean Gabin or directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Richet's punchy style doesn't add anything new to the conventional, Scorsese-inspired way of presenting gangster movies, but it's well done, giving the film a constant supply of energy.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

A film that doesn't necessarily glamorise its subject, though it does seems worryingly enamoured by his achievements. This is ultimately closer to a slice of over-board entertainment than an insight into a despicable, if extraordinary man.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Muscular, forthright storytelling, hard-smoking, hard-drinking action, horribly incorrect attitudes, brutality with a top-note of self-loathing, bushy moustaches and a cracking lead performance.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Killer Instinct and Public Enemy can't escape the shadow of the films they might have been. Both earn their place in the gangster canon. But not even Jacques Mesrine can escape the constraints of cinema.

August 7, 2009
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A shotgun blast of a crime thriller; a dizzying, violent, and terrifying thrill ride.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Though it touches on some wider issues, Mesrine really just wants to be a classy, exciting genre movie. In this it succeeds perfectly.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

Cassel's Jacques Mesrine is pieced together from gritty shards of believability, a street-real mosaic no one tries to smooth and polish. For that reason he and it have the sharp edges and septic menace of life.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

There's an inevitable air of unfinished business hanging over this first instalment, though it moves at a tidy lick and conjures an atmosphere rank with Gauloises and greed.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Cassel surely deserves Oscar and Bafta consideration for a level of acting that dominates every frame of an exceptional thriller that easily surpasses any recent American efforts in this genre.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

With a riveting performance by Cassel at the centre, it's definitely worth seeing, even if it never really gets beneath the skin.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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