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

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 3, 2010
Cassel's magnetic performance is utterly wasted.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
August 24, 2010
No small problem, too, is that the film yields only a rudimentary sense of what it was like to live in France or Canada in the '60s and '70s if you weren't a gangster in a movie.
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2010
Vincent Cassel deserves better scenery to devour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michelle Orange
August 26, 2010
Some of the scenes contain an artful build-up to the explosive violence, some dispense with it without much ceremony; it all starts to feel the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International
August 5, 2010
A stylish, fast-moving but disappointingly superficial portrait of a gangster's violent rise to infamy.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 12, 2010
Why are we watching this? And what, in Little Caesar's name, could possibly make us come back for Part II?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
January 21, 2011
The effect of Richet's hyperventilating filmmaking is akin to that of an extended-play trailer.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Ultimately feels more like a collection of cool anecdotes than a story.
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
August 27, 2010
Much of it plays like an unintentional mash-up of the numerous wrong-side-of-the-law sagas that preceded it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Armond White
New York Press
August 25, 2010
Mesrine's attempt to rival Hollywood crime movies' magnum force -- either through B-movie precision or A-movie elaborateness -- fails.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 25, 2010
The events may be accurate, but Mesrine is so episodic that it's slightly maddening to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 26, 2010
By trying to cover everything the picture manages to make nothing--especially Mesrine himself--seem significant or interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 27, 2010
Cassel is a gifted actor, but he doesn't have enough to grab on to. Read more:
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
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
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
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.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
Rollicking, epic, and the more riveting, more entertaining half of this two-part epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 26, 2010
The acting is macho understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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