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Léon: The Professional Reviews

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
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 "Léon."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Peter Galvin
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 4, 2014
The Professional is intriguing, but misses the mark as a potential cult favorite.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 4, 2014
The Professional is strictly amateur-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 4, 2014
Like Quentin Tarantino, Besson has a singular style and directorial sensibility that keeps you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
June 4, 2014
Funny, tragic, brilliant and unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
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 Léon/Mathilda relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 4, 2014
Its strengths grate against the movie's glaring flaws, mainly its complete lack of credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2014
Besson has a gift for amoral sleaziness that should serve him well over here. In his very first American film, he has gone straight for the smarm.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 11, 2012
Leon: The Professional has style to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 16, 2011
You'll enjoy the action, but you'll remember the movie because of Reno and Portman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Teresa Talerico
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Stylish, mature hitman thriller is quite violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Mathilda is like no New York City girl-child I've ever seen riding the subway. And I couldn't take my eyes off her.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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