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Léon: The Professional Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
September 26, 2007
A naive fairy tale splattered with blood.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
Ultimately seems at once too deranged and too mechanical.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Besson fails to make much of New York's visual potential, and lazily asks that Leon's expertise be taken on trust. The shallowness was to be expected; the slackness is surprising.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The Professional is much too sentimental to sound shockingly amoral in the least. Even in a finale of extravagant violence, it manages to be maudlin.
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Joshua Klein
AV Club
October 30, 2001
While a wisp of a plot involving a crooked cop drives Léon from setpiece to setpiece, it's the central relationship between hitman Jean Reno and young charge Natalie Portman that makes the movie so memorable.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
One pretty awesome action movie.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
This is a Cuisinart of a movie, mixing familiar yet disparate ingredients, making something odd, possibly distasteful, undeniably arresting out of them.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It is stylish, darkly humorous, and almost artsy in its approach to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Always at the back of my mind was the troubled thought that there was something wrong about placing a 12-year-old character in the middle of this action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4