Point Break

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Absurd, over-the-top, and often wildly entertaining, Point Break is here to show you that the human spirit is still alive.



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Kathryn Bigelow's fourth action film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) as he goes undercover to infiltrate a cache of Southern California surfers suspected of robbing banks.

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Keanu Reeves
as Johnny Utah
Gary Busey
as Angelo Pappas
John Philbin
as Nathanial
Julian Reyes
as Alvarez
Marsha Carter
as FBI Receptionist
Vincent Klyn
as Warchild
Paolo Tocha
as Cab Driver
Dave Olson
as Archbold
Sydney Walsh
as Miss Deer
Dino Andino
as Psycho-Stick
Michael Kopelow
as Passion for Slashin
Matt Archbold
as Surf Rat
Julie Michaels
as Freight Train
Kimberly Martin
as Fiberglass
Galyn Görg
as Margarita
Paulo Tocha
as Cab Driver
Elizabeth Berkley
as Macrame Girl
Betsy Lynn George
as Girl at Party
Shannon Brook
as Fast Food Girl
Gloria Mann
as Fierce Woman
Ping Wu
as Dispatcher
John Apicella
as Security Guard
Anthony Mangano
as Off Duty Cop
Deborah Lemen
as Miss Jennings
Mick Regan
as Mr. Duggan
Randy Walker
as Combat Alley Supervisor
Marcha L. Carter
as FBI Reception
Sedrick J. Azurdia
as Fruit Vendor
Peter Phelps
as Australian Surfer
Gary Roberts
as Australian Cop #1
Tom Sizemore
as DEA agent Deets
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Critic Reviews for Point Break

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (11)

  • While the critics may yammer, Point Break delivers the thrills, spills and crunches its action-hungry audience demands.

    Jul 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • We might as well be watching a blissed-out Bill and Ted caper.

    Mar 22, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A hare-brained wild ride through big surf and bad vibes, Point Break acts like a huge, nasty wave, picking up viewers for a few major thrills but ultimately grinding them into the sand via overkill and absurdity.

    Mar 22, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A lot of the snap comes, surprisingly, from Mr. Reeves, who displays considerable discipline and range. He moves easily between the buttoned-down demeanor that suits a police procedural story and the loose-jointed manner of his comic roles.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • The hinted spirituality of the film is plainly silly, but it's quickly swallowed by the undertow of crashing spectacle.

    Sep 10, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nick Hilditch

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Point Break

  • Jul 19, 2017
    As far as undercover cop films go this is pretty good, Yes all the macho cheese is too much at times and Keanu Reeves acting was pretty bad but it's got a pretty fun story with some ok action scenes but it focused too much on the surfing than anything else, The strong cast help things along but a few more twists and turns were needed for this to be a great movie.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "Point Break" captures the thrill and intensity of a 1990's classic. The plot to "Point Break" is a young "Johnny Utah" portrayed by "Keanu Reeves" joins the "F.B.I." and takes on the new case of a group of 4 bank robbers named the "Ex-Presidents. "Utah's" co-worker "Angelo Pappas" portrayed by "Gary Busey" has a theory that the "Ex- Presidents" are surfers. Once knowing this "Utah" goes undercover to find out who the "Ex- Presidents" really are. The movie opens with "Utah" practicing his shooting while mixed with scenes of people surfing. This is a great opening to the film as it shows what the movie is about. Throughout the movie it shows "Utah" and "Pappas" busting big criminals. The action sequences are extremely entertaining to watch, they make it look like "Utah"" is truly about to get hurt. The film's climax is actually disappointing as it is unentertaining due to the unsatisfactory justice of the antagonist. "Keanu Reeves" isn't one of "Hollywood's" best actors; in fact he receives a lot of hate for this. It doesn't feel like "Keanu Reeves" is truly giving one hundred percent to his role as "Utah". "Reeves" gives the audience a calm performance instead of a strong and angry performance, as he should. In past "Mark Isham" has created thrilling and exciting music for his films and "Point Break" is no exception. The late "Donald Peterman" filmed "Point Break" exceptionally using no close ups or shaking the camera. If you are a person who enjoys 1990's Action movies then I recommend you watch "Point Break" as it has a great plot, thrilling scenes mixed with amazing music. Although the movie is not perfect it has some issues, these being an unentertaining climax, a weak performance from "Keanu Reeves" and a weak death. I give 1991's "Point Break" a 7.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2015
    Johnny Utah might be the most wildly incompetent FBI agent in the history of cinema . . . but that's part of what makes "Point Break" enjoyable. Yeah, the script is all over the place (that's probably being generous), and yet Bigelow makes it work somehow. As to the much discussed homo-eroticism, well I can't claim to know if it was intentional or not but it's certainly there.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2015
    loved this film and can avoid the cheesiness that circles it. one of the greatest chase scenes on film, you can help but feel annoyed they have decided to remake this.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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