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District B13 (Banlieue 13) Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 6, 2013
When Belle is in motion, the movie excels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 5, 2010
This action film from Luc Besson's B-movie factory is one of his best.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Comes off more like a theme park show than an actual film, it's there to deliver stunts and never an actual story.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 4, 2007
the most memorable parts of District 13 actually precede the unfolding of its main plot, which, much like the thermonuclear device on which it is premised, is never allowed to fulfill its explosive promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
Both smart and direct, District B13 is the kind of lean, mean action film most of America's working directors only wish they could pull off.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Nesselson
June 6, 2007
A message-based actioner that's fast, dumb fun.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
I was delighted by the balletic and acrobatic stunts, some of which evoke Tarzan.
Louis Proyect
January 2, 2007
Nifty action flick influenced by Hong Kong cinema that includes a critique of French racism against immigrant community.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 20, 2006
O roteiro quase inexistente é uma mera desculpa para que o filme apresente ao espectador diversas seqüências de ação absolutamente sensacionais criadas a partir do parkour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
November 20, 2006
There's something refreshing about an action film that actually gives a damn about more than explosions.
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
October 27, 2006
Genre fans will get a kick from the martial-arts action, and that's all District B13 needs to do.
| Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 9, 2006
In his feature directing debut, cinematographer Pierre Morel has delivered an adrenaline-packed picture that sold its brains to the devil in exchange for spectacular fight and chase scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Szymanski
August 23, 2006
District B13 is an apocalyptic action message movie with a distinct French flare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 14, 2006
The highly stylized result feels barren of both texture and imagination.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 14, 2006
For a film that's so light on its feet, "B13" seems rooted in what's really happening on the ground.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4

Film Ireland Magazine
July 14, 2006
District 13 features several plot twists that can only be described as silly, but it's still a hugely entertaining film. Turn off your brain and enjoy.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 14, 2006
If there's a sequel...I'm there!
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Peter Bradshaw
July 8, 2006
A 90-minute feature simply showing [David] Belle's stunts with no frills would be great; unfortunately, they only account for about 10 minutes - the rest of the time, Belle is called upon to act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Empire Magazine
July 7, 2006
The cast hurls itself into the comic-book violence, while the stunt choreography and razor-sharp editing are exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 7, 2006
There are plenty of impressive gunfights and some wicked martial arts sequences here, but the film is most likely to be remembered for its emphasis on free running, a dizzying physical technique in which the cast sprint, leap and roll through the city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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