Point Break Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002

dumb, testosterone-soaked big summer story by Kathryn Bigelow

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
June 13, 2013

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?

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 22, 2007

We might as well be watching a blissed-out Bill and Ted caper.

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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004

| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 5, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
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.

Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 26, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
February 11, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 7, 2004

| Original Score: 1/5
Blake French
NutzWorld
May 27, 2003

| Original Score: 2/5
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
Top Critic
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.

Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 12, 2004

| Original Score: 2/5
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: C+

Variety
Top Critic
March 22, 2007

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.


Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
January 1, 1991

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
June 12, 2013

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.

Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
December 28, 2012

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 | Original Score: 4/5
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