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

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 21, 2011
The effect of Richet's hyperventilating filmmaking is akin to that of an extended-play trailer.
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
August 27, 2010
Cassel is a gifted actor, but he doesn't have enough to grab on to. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/08/27/2010-08-27_short_takes_mesrine_killer_instinct_highwater_centurion.html#ixzz0xq7eUPID
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
August 27, 2010
The screenplay, by Richet and Abdel Raouf Dafri, is a superb work of condensation, amplification and imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 27, 2010
It's a fine opportunity for an actor, and the wolfish Vincent Cassell seizes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 26, 2010
Richet's film is an engaging one, even if it often plays like a re-enacted, high-episodic documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2010
An exhilarating old-school crime pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2010
Mesrine: Killer Instinct is a true-life French gangster film so in awe of its subject that it can't fit the entire story into one film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2010
Cassel is convincing and riveting as Mesrine, which helps balance out the film's problematic slick shallowness and disconnects.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 26, 2010
Vincent Cassel sets a new standard for Gallic cool as the title character.
August 26, 2010
Performs the unlikely trick of being both taut and plotless.
August 26, 2010
Killer Instinct is generally fast-paced but the need to cram about 15 years of Mesrine's life into less than two hours results in uneven patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2010
A bold and exciting cinematic tale of a well-known French criminal.
August 26, 2010
Cassel clearly is having the time of his screen life. His zest is infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2010
The acting is macho understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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+
August 25, 2010
Aren't these guys supposed to be a lot more charming?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
August 13, 2010
While Mesrine: Killer Instinct ertainly deserves a place among memorable French gangster films, Richet never delivers a clear theme here, let alone a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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