From Paris with Love

2010

From Paris with Love

Critics Consensus

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.

38%

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Total Count: 160

54%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 155,648
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This action film, directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), concerns young CIA agent James Reece (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) who has a cushy day job but dreams of an exciting life in the field. When the agency offers him his first big-time assignment, James must team with crazed lone wolf Charlie Wax (John Travolta) to stop a terrorist bombing plot. Although James is initially in way over his head, he soon realizes that he needs to trust Charlie if he wants to live his dream and save his own life, because the bad guys not only want to cause damage to the city, but want James killed. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast

John Travolta
as Charlie Wax
Richard Durden
as Ambassador Bennington
Eric Godon
as Foreign Minister
Sami Darr
as The Pimp
Julien Hagnery
as Chinese Punk
Mostéfa Stiti
as Dir Yasin
Monstefa Stiti
as Dir Yasin
Rebecca Dayan
as Foreign Minister's Aide
Michael Vander-Meiren
as Airport Security Official
Didier Constant
as Customs Official
Alexandra Boyd
as Head of the Delegation
Stephen Shagov
as Embassy Security
Mike Powers
as Embassy Security
Jeffrey Braco
as Embassy Security
Nick Loren
as Chief of Security
Farid Elouardi
as Bearded Driver
Joaquim Almeria
as Trenchcoat 1
Bing Yin
as M. Wong
Melissa Mars
as Wax's Hooker
Yin Hang
as Asian Hooker "German"
Frédéric Chau
as Chinese Maitre D
Tam Solo
as Suicidal Pakistani
David Gasman
as German Tourist, The Voice
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Critic Reviews for From Paris with Love

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (100)

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

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

    David Jenkins

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

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

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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 â" though a blatant Pulp Fiction pastiche â" gives a bit of life to proceedings.

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

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Is the movie worth seeing as a travelogue? Only if you are (a) a masochist, (b) a terrorist, or (c) desperate.

    Feb 12, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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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