From Paris with Love 2010

From Paris With Love

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Thought not without its charms -- chief among them John Travolta's endearingly over-the-top performance -- From Paris with Love is too muddled and disjointed to satisfy.

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James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has a good job as an ambassador's aid in France, but his real passion is a side gig, working in a minor role in the CIA. He would love to be a full-fledged agent and can't believe his luck when he lands an assignment with Charlie Wax (John Travolta). Trigger-happy Charlie soon has James crying for his desk job, but when he learns that the same guys they're trying to catch are after him, James realizes that Charlie may be his only hope of survival.

Cast & Crew

John Travolta
Charlie Wax
Richard Durden
Ambassador Bennington
Eric Godon
Foreign Minister
Adi Hasak
Screenwriter
Virginie Silla
Executive Producer
Michel Abramowicz
Cinematographer
Jacques Bufnoir
Production Design
Frédéric Thoraval
Film Editor
David Buckley
Original Music
Véronique Melery
Set Decoration
Olivier Bériot
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Critic Reviews for From Paris with Love

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (101)

  • If you like a violent, silly, frenetic style of film you'll find plenty to enjoy here.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

    Film.com
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  • It(TM)s not enough to allow the film to rise above its guilty-until-proven-innocent conception of justice. Reprehensible, then, but what fun!

    February 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • Travolta eventually becomes a parody of himself: with nudge-nudge references to the Royale cheeseburger, famously of Pulp Fiction.

    February 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • I may have been distracted by the sleights of choreography and editing constructing action sequences around the none too nimble JT. But his trash-talking gusto " though a blatant Pulp Fiction pastiche " gives a bit of life to proceedings.

    February 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • Everything here is pumped up, lousily shot and malevolently brutish. I(TM)m all for trash pleasure, but it(TM)s hard to come by when the company(TM)s so obnoxious.

    February 26, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • For all its absurdities (and there are plenty), as a chest beating, hi-octane romp, From Paris With Love is as enlivening and gratifying as they come.

    February 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for From Paris with Love

  • Oct 09, 2012
    The film was so so. They had a good idea for a film but didn't execute the story correctly. It needed a rewrite. Some action scenes were too chaotic and cartoony at times. The film is basically an old fashion mis-match of partner. One the positive Jonathan Rhys Meyers is great in the film. However, John Travolta is miscast as his over the top partner. At times, John seemed too cartoony. Travolta had no on screen chemistry with Meyers. Another actor in Travolta's role could have done a much better job.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    From Paris With Love is a wild and crazy action film that's pretty entertaining for a popcorn flick. The story follows a low level CIA agent that gets partnered with an out-of-control specialist that's comes to Paris to take down a terrorist cell. John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers lead the cast and work well together. Travolta does a particularly good job at pulling off a crazy character and has a lot of fun doing it. However, the film pushes the characters and the story a bit too far and it starts to become ridiculous (and not in a fun way). Yet even with the ridiculousness, From Paris With Love is a fun thriller with a lot of exciting action.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2012
    So much action, yet so little to take away from it. It's a very average movie that has over-the-top, loud, and in-your-face action that never stimulates your senses whatsoever. At least John Travolta was somewhat funny. The lead character, James Reece who is played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, is the protagonist and his story is a story that we, somewhat, get invested into but it isn't something that we haven't seen from the past. There's an overload of over-the-top action that is so ridiculous but yet nothing stands out as a memorable set-piece. Everything, in the end, was for entertainment sake and did "From Paris With Love" succeed? Somewhat but it could've been much much better. Good thing that, with a movie like this that is blatantly trying to be over-the-top, the screenplay was good. John Travolta was funny for the most part... But did they really have to put in the Royale with cheese? My gosh. Just a gripe for me lol. "From Paris With Love" is entertaining as a whole package but the audience leaves with no substance whatsoever. Its noisy and the action so was sloppily put together that, in the end, never stimulates our action-hunger needs.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    This movie is a ripoff of one of my all time favorites Training Day. The director tries so hard to make John Travolta look awesome that his partner isn't even important, but he does succeed in making a guy named Wax pretty cool, even if Travoltas acting as a badass is getting pretty old. The plot was so forgettable with all the fiancee crap and drug lords (like I said, ripoff of Training Day). I will give it credit for intense action scenes and the cinematography and giving a pretty cool twist ending that makes the last 30 minutes pretty damn cool. A okay movie, could've been a lot better.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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