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...
May 15, 2018
The film simply meanders towards its inevitable conclusion.
November 9, 2013
Once again Casell is phenomenal in the role and turns the film into a compelling and gripping ending to an epic gangster flick.
May 26, 2013
Part 1 remains marginally compelling, if for no other reason than that it sets the table for the vastly superior Part 2.
January 16, 2013
The only recent gangster film this one falls short of is "Killer Instinct," the first half of the epic.
April 6, 2011
Mesrine is a pretend epic just enjoyable enough to make you wish that Cassel would get a real one.
January 11, 2011
Cassel tackles his role like it's the ultimate one-man show, filling his mustachioed character with a feral swagger that conveys tightly coiled threat and sexual charisma. It's not a particularly insightful performance, but it certainly feels authentic...
January 6, 2011
...both movies would have been better served had they been edited down into one consistently engrossing thriller.
December 6, 2010
... crackles with tension and violence, driven by [Vincent] Cassel's powerhouse performance.
November 8, 2010
Director Jean-Francois Richet obviously has been influenced by the Arthur Penn/Beatty film Bonnie & Clyde (1967). His film has some of the tone, personality, and energy of the American crime classic.
October 29, 2010
This masterpiece combines the best of 'Scarface,' 'The Godfather' and 'Bonnie and Clyde'. Vincent Cassel tackles the demanding lead role and is simply magnificent. There is no shortage of action, violence and ...
October 15, 2010
Richet is overly ambitious and often pushes too hard, but in that sense he's perfect for chronicling Mesrine's life.
September 24, 2010
... there's also a lot of fun to be had spotting the many references to other gangster flicks that Richet has planted throughout his film.
September 17, 2010
The last half of the four-hour Mesrine is much better than the first half, but will anyone who sat through the first two tedious hours care?
September 16, 2010
The second half of the French gangster series drags a bit at the end but is fun, macho stuff nonetheless.
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