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Pivoting on the unusual relationship between seasoned hitman and his 12-year-old apprentice -- a breakout turn by young Natalie Portman -- Luc Besson's Léon is a stylish and oddly affecting thriller. Read critic reviews

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Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Léon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family's deaths.

Cast & Crew

Gary Oldman
Stansfield
Peter Appel
Malky
Michael Badalucco
Mathilda's Father
Ellen Greene
Mathilda's Mother
Elizabeth Regen
Mathilda's Sister
Carl J. Matusovich
Mathilda's Brother
Randolph Scott
4th Stansfield man
Luc Besson
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Claude Besson
Executive Producer
Thierry Arbogast
Cinematographer
Sylvie Landra
Film Editor
Eric Serra
Original Music
Dan Weil
Production Designer
Magali Guidasci
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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (17)

  • Luc Besson's first English-language hit is, like much of the Frenchman's work, less than subtle, yet it is stylish, disturbing and weirdly moving.

    November 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Leave it to french writer-director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) to put a kinky twist on Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks.

    June 4, 2014
  • Ultimately, like La Femme Nikita, there may be less here than meets the eye. But what does meet the eye is pretty darn thrilling.

    June 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The sheer craziness and excessiveness of the movie -- no crazier, perhaps, than many of the American action movies it copies -- never finds a center of gravity.

    June 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The Professional is strictly amateur-hour.

    June 4, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Like Quentin Tarantino, Besson has a singular style and directorial sensibility that keeps you watching.

    June 4, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 30, 2016
    This endearing thriller was made a whole lot better by the superb performances especially from the young Natalie Portman and the great Gary Oldman.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2015
    Though its narrative strength wavers during its more bombastic second half, The Professional remains a unique amalgam of genres -- and a showcase for the acting talents of Reno, Oldman, and a young Natalie Portman.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2015
    Cute - a 12 year old hitman. Natalie Portman plays Mathilda - a kid who is orphaned by a crooked cop. Leon is the loner "cleaner" and Leon and Mathilda become a family with Mathilda learning the trade.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2013
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