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La Femme Nikita (Nikita) Reviews

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 15, 2012
A cool sensory indulgence, but irksomely lightweight.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
October 11, 2011
[VIDEO] Before it spawned a cornucopia of television series knock-offs, writer/director Luc Besson's stylized 1990 French crime thriller set a new standard for the girl-with-a-gun movie trope.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Beware Nikita. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 9, 2009
A spy version of Pygmalion, complete with perverse romance, Nikita was well ahead of the curve when it came to women warriors as modern shoot-'em-up stars [Blu-ray].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
July 16, 2007
This Besson thriller sparked many a wannabes, but it's clear this film stands on its own two feet, and kicks you in the head.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 13, 2006
Very stylish and wicked, but it's the magnetic title performance that makes it a classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
February 4, 2005
Superb thriller scored to Eurotrash synth pop, La Femme Nikita sets out a whole world of espionage and violence, and engages with a wild yet sympathetic lead.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 28, 2003
Waaaay overrated by most, but still fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 22, 2003
What makes the movie so captivating is Anne Parillaud's wild performance.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Chris Barsanti
July 6, 2003
Just another action movie, with the usual tenuous-at-best grip on reality.
| Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 29, 2003
With a good cast, slick production values, and gritty action, it passes an enjoyable two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
April 30, 2003
Stylish and stunning, a real trend-setter
| Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 12, 2003
Besson's Parisian thriller is taut and terrific, turning the tables on stereotypes.
| Original Score: 4/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 28, 2002
A crisp, delightful reworking of the spy genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Excessively violent, empty-headed, contrived and full of gaping plot holes.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
November 24, 2001
My attention never fails to drift from Besson's first international smash when his film detours into James Bond mediocrity...but [the picture] ends strongly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
A tightly wound, explosive film that delivers more than is required.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Begins with the materials of a violent thriller but transcends them with the story of the heroine's transformation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Besson] seems to like playing off the generic, though he probably thinks of it as working with the mythic, the classic.
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If Luc Besson's latest goes into absurd overdrive, it does so with entertaining finesse.
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