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Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) Reviews

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November 9, 2013
Mesrine: Killer Instinct is a triumphant gangster film. It's exhilarating throughout thanks to a masterful performance by Vincent Cassel and some expertly staged action scenes. Comparing this one to Goodfellas would not be a stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 16, 2013
Rollicking, epic, and the more riveting, more entertaining half of this two-part epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2011
Four hours of French gangsters may not sound like a cinematic joy, but with Euro-star Vincent Cassel in the lead role, the movie is utterly hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 11, 2011
In the moment it's thrilling stuff, but strung together over hours it becomes clear that [Richet] has absolutely nothing to say about Mesrine.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 6, 2010
... crackles with tension and violence, driven by [Vincent] Cassel's powerhouse performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2010
This masterpiece combines the best of 'Scarface,' 'The Godfather' and 'Bonnie and Clyde'. Vincent Cassel tackles the demanding lead role and is simply magnificent. There is no shortage of action, violence and ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2010
It may not capture the fullness of the man?s life, but it does effectively capture his presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2010
It captures the rush of crime as a way of life for a man who did and took whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, simply because he could take it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2010
...a stylish gangster flick with lots of action and a super cool, larger-than-life anti-hero at the center...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 20, 2010
French actor Vincent Cassel blows the doors off this bio.
September 16, 2010
A macho good time. The rebel without a cause finds out that wartime training with guns has its advantages.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 7, 2010
As suave and stylish as its subject, the film is a tour de force of craft and performance, a portrait that captures the spirit of Mesrine in every frame.
September 2, 2010
Despite the graphic violence, Cassell creates a memorable character, perhaps as memorable as the real man he portrays. Elena Anaya stands out as his mistreated wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 29, 2010
The film around its riveting central performance may be a little more flawed than the entire project's international reputation would have you believe but Vincent Cassel alone makes a trip to Mesrine: Killer Instinct worth the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 27, 2010
To play this larger-than-life character, Richet casts a similarly magnetic performer, Vincent Cassel, an actor who combines the explosive intensity of a young Pacino with the slow-burning restraint of a young DeNiro.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.1/10
August 27, 2010
The film offers a close, nostalgic approximation of classical Hollywood gangster cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2010
Meet the new "Public Enemy." A French "Goodfellas," "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" begins in the 1970s with what might be the end of the life of Jacques Mesrine (a magnificent Vincent Cassel), France's most charismatic criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 27, 2010
Cassel, who took the best actor award at France's equivalent of the Oscars for this role, is compulsively watchable.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 27, 2010
Lovers of car chases, shootouts, explosions and general mayhem will be turned on by director Jean-Francois Richet's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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