Léon: The Professional Reviews

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April 19, 2020
... the awesomeness of some of its scenes like the final showdown which is just breathtaking in its beautiful violence.
November 19, 2019
Unquestionably, Leon is an absolute masterpiece with some jaw-dropping performances from Natalie Portman, Jean Reno, and a turned-up-to-11 Gary Oldman.
November 11, 2019
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 6, 2018
The tricky character dynamics, remarkable performances, and thrilling action of Leon has never been topped in Besson's 30+ year career.
August 28, 2018
Holds up as an exciting and dangerous ride through a city that still exists in the mind.
November 17, 2015
Leon: The Professional is a wonderful character study, enriched by outstanding performances, thrilling action, and a well-rounded script that gives the film an intriguing amount of depth.
November 14, 2015
A favorite of IMDb fanboys and reportedly of pedophiles as well, Leon: The Professional is noteworthy as marking French helmer Luc Besson's first American production as well as showcasing the film debut of a then-13-year-old Natalie Portman.
October 24, 2014
Luc Besson's original cut feels more like a journey than just a joy-buzzer jolt of action, and the deeper, braver, darker story he set out to tell - a fractured and fractious fairy tale. When people rave about "The Professional," they mean "Lon."
June 4, 2014
No matter what uncomfortable undercurrents the film gives rise to, Besson's skill with action is inventive and creative (and of course over the top).
June 4, 2014
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
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
The Professional is intriguing, but misses the mark as a potential cult favorite.
June 4, 2014
The Professional is strictly amateur-hour.
June 4, 2014
Like Quentin Tarantino, Besson has a singular style and directorial sensibility that keeps you watching.
June 4, 2014
Funny, tragic, brilliant and unmissable.
June 4, 2014
Having one career highlight performance in a film is a treat. Having three is just spoiling us, and the film is so solidly sold by the actors that it mostly manages to sidestep the potential queasiness in the Lon/Mathilda relationship.
June 4, 2014
The most objectionable thing is Gary Oldman's performance, baroque in its awfulness. Almost as bad is the director's attempt to construct a visual style -- and, for that matter, characters -- by piling one mannerism on top of another.
June 4, 2014
It's an American movie as seen by someone whose main frame of reference is American movies, not American life. Therefore, while it's draped in a cloak of gritty realism, Besson's movie is really a kind of bizarre cinemaphile fantasy.
June 4, 2014
Its strengths grate against the movie's glaring flaws, mainly its complete lack of credibility.
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