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.
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
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.
February 11, 2012
Leon: The Professional has style to spare.
August 16, 2011
You'll enjoy the action, but you'll remember the movie because of Reno and Portman.
January 1, 2011
Stylish, mature hitman thriller is quite violent.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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