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Point Blank Reviews

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 19, 2011
Put aside any hang-ups you may have about subtitles. As action flicks go, "Point Blank" is right on target.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2011
The acting is impeccable from top to bottom, and the relentless pace keeps us from fretting about niggling defects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 13, 2011
This French import knows its place, and doesn't pretend to be anything other than a shrewdly calculated thrill ride filled with car chases, narrow escapes, cruel villains and well-timed plot twists.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2011
[A] finely calibrated French neonoir.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 11, 2011
All right, this is how to make a thriller: Start with a situation of astonishing difficulty and emotional weight. Then multiply. And keep piling on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 11, 2011
If the storyline doesn't amount to much more than B-movie leftovers, there isn't an ounce of fat on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 11, 2011
Frantic, violent and unrelenting, it is all of a piece, its tightly packed storytelling making cassoulet of its own implausibilities and familiar terrain covering a web of political and institutional conspiracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
August 11, 2011
With crackerjack pacing and a driven, no-frills script that brings the whole thing to a lean close in under 80 minutes (sans credits), Point Blank is an adrenalin-driven shot to the arthouse scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 11, 2011
This is the kind of movie where you get involved first and ask questions later.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 10, 2011
With the relative success of "The Next Three Days," "Point Blank" will be Americanized in the near future. Do not wait for that film, though, when you can see the entertaining original.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 9, 2011
Though Cavayť roots his action in atmospheric detail, and Lanvin's malice and Zem's tenacity help stabilize the narrative chaos, absurdity prevails...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2011
This kind of lean and unadorned approached to the action-thriller is what's missing from most of the bloated American entries in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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John DeFore
Washington Post
August 5, 2011
"Point Blank" keeps the adrenaline flowing well past the point at which viewers stop hoping for twists they can't predict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2011
Point Blank is so ridiculously successful at keeping its momentum going - and keeping the audience tense with suspense - that it's likely to leave you with your heart pounding, gasping for breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
August 3, 2011
On a scale of 10, this is an 11.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 2, 2011
The cure for the common thriller - an adrenalized chase that starts with a bang and just builds from there.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 1, 2011
Its innocuous title recalls a Steven Seagal flick, sure, but this frenzied French thriller is more rooted in humanistic impulses and recognizable motivations than most of its skull-cracking American brethren.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 30, 2011
...a breathlessly paced French thriller that doesn't let up from its opening frame to its satisfying coda.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 29, 2011
Two sublimely sinister lead performances put this action thriller one step ahead of the pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
July 29, 2011
Paris has served as the backdrop for several superb revenge flicks recently, such as 'Taken,' 'District B-13' and 'From Paris with Love,' and this adrenaline-fueled thriller measures up well in comparison with the best of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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