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District B13 (Banlieue 13) Reviews

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June 2, 2006
District B13 is one of those films where you appreciate the artistry of violence, then forget about it as soon as you get into the car and head home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 23, 2006
District B13 is an apocalyptic action message movie with a distinct French flare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
June 1, 2006
A Grand Theft Auto world of muscled goons who drive flashy cars and fire an insurgency's worth of ammo as a neutron holocaust nears. Then we're told: 'Violence isn't the only way to solve problems.'
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.
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2006
The story's a bit overdramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 1, 2006
The latest attack of excess from French action impresario Luc Besson.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2006
District B13 looks great, but don't let those subtitles fool you. At heart, it's every bit as proudly dumb as its American counterparts.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 1, 2006
proudly states its vanity and hollow entertainment value
| Original Score: 2/5
June 24, 2006
District is too fixated on earnest lessons against right-wing measures to ghettoize crime-ridden districts -- a message pertinent to modern-day Paris but which rings a tad hollow in a film that gleefully serves up gangland shootouts.
June 9, 2006
It just goes to show you that, mais oui, the French can kick it with the Asians and Americans when it comes to junky kung fu flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 24, 2006
Numbness starts to set in. Frenetic action wrapped around a razor wire-thin script will do that to you.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2006
The typically moronic plot simply gets in the way of what might have been a super-ambitious sneaker commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 1, 2006
The action is so relentless that even hard-core martial-arts fans might need to pause for breath. And much of it is so repetitive that the film occasionally plays like a rerun of itself.
June 1, 2006
Luc Besson may have brought us Jean Reno's hauntingly conflicted Professional, and Anne Parillaud's downtrodden yet deadly Nikita. But he didn't try very hard when coming up with District B13.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 2, 2006
It all plays out like a Jackie Chan cop comedy, crossed with 1,000 French comic books and minus the humor.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2006
Note to moviegoers: If you can still be entertained by a thriller that unabashedly borrows from others of its ilk and don't mind reading subtitles, you could do worse than District B13.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2006
As impressive as the opening scenes are, the last act sees District 13 descend into a preachiness that would embarrass the cheesiest Hollywood producer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 2, 2006
The problem with front loading a film with such spectacular stunts is director Pierre Morel has nowhere to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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