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Point Break Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

dumb, testosterone-soaked big summer story by Kathryn Bigelow

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 29, 2002
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
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Kathryn Bigelow rips off the first 10 minutes of Moonraker and gets praised for it. Give me a break.

| Original Score: 1/5

September 5, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

| Original Score: 2/5

March 27, 2004
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
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

May 12, 2001
Dragan Antulov

Bigelow forgot the most important ingredients for a successful action film -- plot and characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

November 26, 2002
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

| Original Score: 2/5

February 11, 2005
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

| Original Score: 1/5

April 7, 2004
Blake French

| Original Score: 2/5

May 27, 2003
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

Bigelow stages the film's action sequences with a brutal efficiency (they almost redeem the movie), but she can't keep the increasingly silly script in check.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina

| Original Score: 2/5

January 12, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 7, 2011

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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

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 1, 1991
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
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
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