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District B13 (Banlieue 13) Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 17, 2007
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
June 6, 2007
A message-based actioner that's fast, dumb fun.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
I was delighted by the balletic and acrobatic stunts, some of which evoke Tarzan.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 6, 2006
As 85-minute testosterone binges go, you could do a whole lot worse.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 24, 2006
District B13 doesn't waste time with fake personality clashes. Both lead actors are amazingly fluid athletes, and during the many getaway and shoot-'em-up sequences, there is a minimum of special effects or wire choreography.
| Original Score: B
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 22, 2006
Real-life events have overtaken District B13, and they give this feverish, yet oddly flat French action adventure a whiff of substance to go along with its spectacular stunts.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 2, 2006
District B-13 is bad sci-fi, but it succeeds as mindless action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 2, 2006
The creator of films such as The Transporter, The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita can be counted on for movies that are big, stupid and often just skillfully demented enough to be fun. District B13 obliges on all accounts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 2, 2006
Who hasn't wanted to leap down a stairwell, bounce from rooftop to rooftop, do a backflip over a bad guy, give him a few chop socky blows and then take away his gun?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 2, 2006
When a film is this entertaining, it doesn't have to be all that original.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 2, 2006
A French import that dishes out comic-book complexity with the simple purity of a kick to the gut.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 2, 2006
Terse, taut and willing to pack on some philosophical weight, District B13 wastes no time in shouting 'Action!'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 2, 2006
Like its stunt work, the movie is both ridiculously hyperactive and a muscular feat of absolute confidence. I don't expect to have a more adrenalizing time at the movies this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 2, 2006
District B13 is as slickly edited, filmed and choreographed as it is empty of compelling characters or the meaningful ideas (institutional racism, the bleak future) it professes to be about. Ultimately, it walls itself in.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 2, 2006
The French-made, futuristic adrenaline-pumper District 13 doesn't really grab you by the short hairs until it shows you why David Belle is the movie's star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 2, 2006
District B13 is a fine, snappy little picture that's one-part Escape From New York, one-part martial-arts flick, and mostly silly fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 2, 2006
A scrappy action flick that shifts into high gear immediately and never slows down, this rousing French import aspires to no higher goal than flashy entertainment. In that regard, it succeeds entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 2, 2006
Mix in a whole lot of automatic gunfire, an overblown crime plot, a heavy dose of industrial-strength techno and a dystopian view of French social policy. Stir. Enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
June 1, 2006
Gorgeously choreographed gymnastics of pain elevate District B13 over the impossible missions and last stands of the season.
| Original Score: 4/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
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.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 1, 2006
The latest attack of excess from French action impresario Luc Besson.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 1, 2006
District B-13 is a hoot, so assured of its own coolness that it's hard not to go along.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 1, 2006
It may be subtitled, and the faces may be unfamiliar, but District B13 is the best buddy action movie around.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 1, 2006
The movie doesn't make a lick of sense, but it's done with such zest and skill -- and such incredible stunt work and action choreography by co-stars Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle -- that the absurdities don't sabotage it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 1, 2006
B13 is watchable and, sometimes, quite invigorating. But only when it's getting its adrenaline rush from its stampeding macho duo.
| Original Score: B-
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2006
Go for the dazzling, if repetitive, human stunt work. Endure the appallingly simplistic politics.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 31, 2006
What makes it unique are the truly amazing and kinetic action scenes featuring Parkour pioneer Belle and co-star Cyril Raffaelli.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 31, 2006
A passable mismatched-buddy movie, goosed up by hard-hitting martial arts and flashy camera acrobatics.
| Original Score: B-
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 31, 2006
Let's put the matter simply: The French thriller District B13 makes everything Hollywood has lately done in the action genre look clumsy, dull and stale.
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Marc Bernardin
Entertainment Weekly
May 31, 2006
The big innovation here is that the two nimble leads, stuntmen-turned-stars, are devotees of parkour, a fancy French word for the fluid use of urban environments as jungle gyms.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
May 30, 2006
Spread the word: This delirious import is the most (maybe the only) fun action movie of the summer.