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Point Blank Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2011
The absence of true danger and, thus, suspense, proves a constant narrative obstacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Kohn
July 25, 2011
An impressive feat that relies on distraction rather than fancy effects, "Point Blank" makes it easy to get swept up and forget that it's a very sweaty retread that's been done many times before.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 29, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 10, 2011
It's a good idea, but what follows is a long parade of repetitive growling, gunfights and near arrests.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 19, 2012
[Writers] Cavayé and Lemans...dump all manner of double-dealing and good cop-bad cop intrigue into what could have been a wonderfully streamlined, character-driven thriller about an innocent man forced to do the bidding of criminals to save his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 9, 2011
Though Cavayé 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
June 13, 2011
Fred Cavayé's astoundingly astute eye for action-thriller writing/directing makes Point Blank one of the most lean, well-paced and credible international films of the genre in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James O'Brien
Daily Mail (UK)
June 9, 2011
It is ... hard not to cheer when a doe-eyed, flabby French nursing assistant stumbles into the implausible universe of the crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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Eric Hynes
Time Out
July 27, 2011
A nonstop movie that's nonetheless more captivatingly caffeinated than compelling...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 10, 2013
A leaner and meaner 84 minutes you are not likely to catch on a screen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 28, 2011
Point Blank doesn't have much on its mind beyond plot mechanics, although that isn't so much a criticism as a heads-up.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Point Blank" is loads of fun, if not exceptionally clever or original.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 1, 2011
...a smashingly entertaining French action film that seems almost certain to be remade as a big budget Hollywood blockbuster
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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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
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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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 28, 2011
[A] preposterously exciting-and pleasingly preposterous-French-language thriller...
Alan Jones
Radio Times
June 9, 2011
This is a galvanizing must-see for all lovers of seat-edge suspense cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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