Point Break Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
October 8, 2005
Bigelow's adept handling of the action elevates Point Break to guilty pleasure status.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 2, 2005
Enjoyable, if silly, action romp.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
brainless guilty pleasure
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 16, 2003
Far better than any film with such billing should be.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 12, 2003
The script is so lame it achieves a sort of magnificence, and the stunts are superb.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A lot of the snap comes, surprisingly, from Mr. Reeves, who displays considerable discipline and range. He moves easily between the buttoned-down demeanor that suits a police procedural story and the loose-jointed manner of his comic roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Most of this is standard fare, except for the parachuting stunts and surfing scenes, which are way above average.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dragan Antulov
November 26, 2002
Bigelow forgot the most important ingredients for a successful action film -- plot and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
An adrenaline-pumping action bonanza
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 5, 2002
Kathryn Bigelow rips off the first 10 minutes of Moonraker and gets praised for it. Give me a break.
| Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
dumb, testosterone-soaked big summer story by Kathryn Bigelow
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Unfairly bashed. The true spirit of shirking society and catching a wave is captured here.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 26, 2002
The ultimate surfer/bank robber movie. 'Dude, I'm with the FBI.'
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Hilditch
September 10, 2001
The hinted spirituality of the film is plainly silly, but it's quickly swallowed by the undertow of crashing spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 15, 2001
Bigelow has a sure hand in directing action sequences, and Point Break is full of them
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Bigelow can't keep the film from drowning in a sea of surf-speak. But without her, Point Break would be no more than an excuse to ogle pretty boys in wet suits.
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
The elements conspire to produce a superb splash of trashy, testosterone-induced mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An exercise in stylish lunkheadedness. It's gorgeous but dumb as a post; watching it is a bit like shooting the tube and then getting cracked on the head by your board.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The plot of Point Blank, summarized, invites parody (rookie agent goes undercover as surfer to catch bank robbers). The result is surprisingly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Even Bigelow's best scenes, however, are occasionally undercut by her penchant for close-ups and MTV-style edits that confuse the audience about what exactly is happening during chaotic moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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