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Point Blank Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The absence of true danger and, thus, suspense, proves a constant narrative obstacle.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2011
Eric Kohn

An impressive feat that relies on distraction rather than fancy effects, "Point Blank" makes it easy to get swept up and forget that it's a very sweaty retread that's been done many times before.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

July 25, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
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Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 16, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's a good idea, but what follows is a long parade of repetitive growling, gunfights and near arrests.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

June 10, 2011
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

[Writers] Cavayť and Lemans...dump all manner of double-dealing and good cop-bad cop intrigue into what could have been a wonderfully streamlined, character-driven thriller about an innocent man forced to do the bidding of criminals to save his family.

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 2/4

January 19, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Though Cavayť roots his action in atmospheric detail, and Lanvin's malice and Zem's tenacity help stabilize the narrative chaos, absurdity prevails...

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 9, 2011

Fred Cavayť's astoundingly astute eye for action-thriller writing/directing makes Point Blank one of the most lean, well-paced and credible international films of the genre in recent years.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2011
James O'Brien
Daily Mail [UK]

It is ... hard not to cheer when a doe-eyed, flabby French nursing assistant stumbles into the implausible universe of the crime thriller.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2011

This kind of lean and unadorned approached to the action-thriller is what's missing from most of the bloated American entries in the genre.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 7/10

August 6, 2011
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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A nonstop movie that's nonetheless more captivatingly caffeinated than compelling...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2011
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A leaner and meaner 84 minutes you are not likely to catch on a screen this year.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 10, 2013
Sam Adams
AV Club
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Point Blank doesn't have much on its mind beyond plot mechanics, although that isn't so much a criticism as a heads-up.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

July 28, 2011
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This French import knows its place, and doesn't pretend to be anything other than a shrewdly calculated thrill ride filled with car chases, narrow escapes, cruel villains and well-timed plot twists.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B

August 13, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a smashingly entertaining French action film that seems almost certain to be remade as a big budget Hollywood blockbuster

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

October 1, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is the kind of movie where you get involved first and ask questions later.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Frantic, violent and unrelenting, it is all of a piece, its tightly packed storytelling making cassoulet of its own implausibilities and familiar terrain covering a web of political and institutional conspiracy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 11, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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[A] preposterously exciting-and pleasingly preposterous-French-language thriller...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 28, 2011
Alan Jones
Radio Times

This is a galvanizing must-see for all lovers of seat-edge suspense cinema.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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You're going to have to track "Point Blank" down, but if you're looking for a real slice of what the thriller cinema perpetually promises and so rarely delivers -- pure force from up close -- it's one of the standout secrets of the year.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2011
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