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Point Break Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Did a dry California wind scramble the script as they moved into the third act? Did the tape recorder go on the blitz at the story conferences? Was there a fire in the editing room?

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun

June 13, 2013
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun

This is a very macho movie, and if the better film schools are looking for a contemporary film that very keenly exemplifies the marriage of sound and shoot, this is it.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun

June 12, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Point Break is the best movie about cops, robbers, surfing and sky diving that you're likely to see.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 12, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

Part beach bromance, part cult actioner, part search for meaning, it's an adrenalin-pumping thrill ride with so much macho testosterone that it's hard to imagine many male directors with bigger balls than Kathryn Bigelow.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2012
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

The essence of movie remains unsullied, and with every viewing comes fresh details and a new appreciation for the film's fearlessness and originality in the midst of all of the cop formula.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: A

July 12, 2011
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

Quaint in its depiction of an alternative lifestyle, yet still an above average, really quite vicious action thriller.

Full Review Source: Clothes on Film | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an above-average actioner...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 4, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Consistently stylish, dumb, and entertaining.

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 1, 2008
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Pretty fair action in Swayze-Reeves starrer.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2007
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Keanu Reeves is Johnny Utah. F*** yeah!

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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We might as well be watching a blissed-out Bill and Ted caper.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 22, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

From our first glimpse of a surfer hovering through a cascading wave to the final sky-diving stunt, Kathryn Bigelow's fourth feature keeps offering us new thrills with unapologetic verve.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2007

Variety
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A hare-brained wild ride through big surf and bad vibes, Point Break acts like a huge, nasty wave, picking up viewers for a few major thrills but ultimately grinding them into the sand via overkill and absurdity.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 22, 2007
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

In some ways, Point Break is a guilty pleasure. But do keep in mind, like many drugs, repeated exposure may make you dumber.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

November 5, 2006
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine

In terms of Hollywood history, Bigelow's film is the perfect document of its time.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 1, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This visually delirious but intellectually underdeveloped thriller-actioner has some wonderfully executed chase scenes, but the characters defy dramatic logic even when played by Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

October 9, 2006
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

There's fun to be had, but there's also a few chapters worth skipping through.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 5, 2006
Matt McKillop
Filmcritic.com

While it can accurately be described as an action film, a heist movie, or even simply a thriller, Point Break is also the first "extreme sports" movie

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Bigelow] has a great eye not only for action, but also for the psychological push and pull behind the action.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
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