Léon: The Professional Reviews

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November 15, 2007
For the most part, The Professional is a great action picture.
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.
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.
September 24, 2007
There's conviction in this movie, and intelligence.
July 8, 2004
November 20, 2003
September 25, 2003
Despite Besson's mastery of technique, Leon's success is due in large part to its elegant performances.
August 30, 2003
Good, if not overrated. Reno is always a delight and a young Portman adds a lot to the heart and soul of the film.
July 14, 2003
Much better in the extended foreign version that shows more of the girl's hitman training. Typical French downer, but interesting relationship piece.
June 11, 2003
The European cut rocks -- U.S. version less so. Biggest drawback is that Besson tries to persuade us Reno is Italian, and I'm never buying that.
April 9, 2003
February 14, 2003
February 13, 2003
Luc Besson's lone-hitman thriller sees a 12 year-old Natalie Portman push the boundaries of love and peodophilia. As emotionally complex as it is a slick action thrill-ride. Even Gary Oldman gets in on the action as a Beethoven loving, drug-taking crooked
January 10, 2003
December 29, 2002
Top-notch thriller.
December 19, 2002
November 7, 2002
Reno and Portman both deliver terrific performances.
September 10, 2002
An exceptionally well crafted urban drama.
August 13, 2002
March 5, 2002
It's surprising to find an action movie with so much emotional baggage, but amazingly it works.
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