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Léon: The Professional Reviews

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Jeff Beck
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
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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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
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-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 26, 2010
Besson's incomparable film is almost impossible to beat and there's yet to be a director who could match his magnum opus...
Cole Smithey
May 16, 2009
"Leon The Professional" is a consummate hit man movie from the early '90s era in cinema when every young filmmaker wanted to be the next Tarantino. Luc Besson just had to be himself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2008
Reno's performance of hangdog loyalty lends his character pleasing sympathy while Besson's heavily stylized direction builds tension around sexy violence.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 15, 2007
For the most part, The Professional is a great action picture.
Mark Salisbury
Empire Magazine
September 26, 2007
Oozing style, wit and confidence from every sprocket, and offering a dizzyingly, fresh perspective on the Big Apple that only Besson could bring, this is, in a word, wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 26, 2007
Luc Besson is a masterly director of stylish, thrilling, and humorous action set pieces, and this film's bravura opening and closing sequences are two of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
There's conviction in this movie, and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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