Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 Reviews

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January 21, 2011
Yes, he was a bad guy; but what a great story.
October 20, 2010
His violent, pathetic end makes you sad not for the man but for a world in which such a creature could exist -- and thrive.
September 3, 2010
Director Jean-Francois Richet and screenwriter Abdel Raouf Dafri's movie generates much heat, but little light.
September 2, 2010
Jacques Mesrine's end may be inevitable, but he certainly doesn't bore us along the way.
September 2, 2010
[It] doesn't dig deeply into why Mesrine was the way he was. It's propelled by such a forceful performance from Cassel that, in the end, it hardly matters.
September 2, 2010
In the title role, Vincent Cassel is a relentless force...
September 2, 2010
Mesrine's life, however fascinating, had a certain repetitive quality to it (commit a crime, go to prison, escape, meet a girl, commit a crime, etc.), and the movie eventually starts to feel this way as well.
September 2, 2010
Cassel, looking hopped-up and wily -- and gaining considerable heft to play the celebrity outlaw in his middle age -- once again delivers a performance of full-force magnetism.
September 2, 2010
Gantz's camera gets right in the thick of the action, deliriously weaving and whirling up close. It's as high on Mesrine's crimes as he is, and Cassel exchanges the stolid tension of Part 1 for a manic theatricality.
September 2, 2010
At its best, it's a mesmerizing portrait of a man who mesmerized a lot of people, right up to that bloody display of police power on the Paris streets.
September 2, 2010
If there's ever a film titled Bourne vs. Mesrine, the bout will end in the first round and the crown will return to Paris.
August 24, 2010
Mesrine's promised end in November 1979 arrives as history recorded it, but, by that time, you're hoping the next vogue in biopics is the short film.
August 9, 2010
Performs the unlikely trick of being both taut and plotless.
August 29, 2009
Unlike its more lively predecessor, this is more interested in dissecting the criminal mindset.
August 29, 2009
The second and final instalment of French gangster Jacques Mesrine's eventful life story arrives in cinemas, and is something of a let down.
August 29, 2009
A triumphant conclusion to Jean-François Richet's exciting and enjoyable two-part story.
August 29, 2009
Though never less than entertaining, Killer Instinct and Public Enemy can't escape the shadow of the films they might have been. Both earn their place in the gangster canon. But not even Jacques Mesrine can escape the constraints of cinema.
August 29, 2009
Vincent Cassel is superb in the lead, craggily handsome, steely and volatile.
August 7, 2009
Mesrine: Killer Instinct the central character starts out as a callous murderer and doesn't change. As a result, the film feels episodic.
August 7, 2009
It remains totally watchable and, in Cassel, it has an actor as strong as anyone.
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