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Point Break Reviews

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Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
October 8, 2005
Bigelow's adept handling of the action elevates Point Break to guilty pleasure status.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 2, 2005
Enjoyable, if silly, action romp.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
brainless guilty pleasure
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 16, 2003
Far better than any film with such billing should be.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 12, 2003
The script is so lame it achieves a sort of magnificence, and the stunts are superb.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Most of this is standard fare, except for the parachuting stunts and surfing scenes, which are way above average.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 26, 2002
Bigelow forgot the most important ingredients for a successful action film -- plot and characters.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 17, 2002
An adrenaline-pumping action bonanza
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 5, 2002
Kathryn Bigelow rips off the first 10 minutes of Moonraker and gets praised for it. Give me a break.
| Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
dumb, testosterone-soaked big summer story by Kathryn Bigelow
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Unfairly bashed. The true spirit of shirking society and catching a wave is captured here.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 26, 2002
The ultimate surfer/bank robber movie. 'Dude, I'm with the FBI.'
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Hilditch
BBC.com
September 10, 2001
The hinted spirituality of the film is plainly silly, but it's quickly swallowed by the undertow of crashing spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 15, 2001
Bigelow has a sure hand in directing action sequences, and Point Break is full of them
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Bigelow can't keep the film from drowning in a sea of surf-speak. But without her, Point Break would be no more than an excuse to ogle pretty boys in wet suits.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The plot of Point Blank, summarized, invites parody (rookie agent goes undercover as surfer to catch bank robbers). The result is surprisingly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
The elements conspire to produce a superb splash of trashy, testosterone-induced mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An exercise in stylish lunkheadedness. It's gorgeous but dumb as a post; watching it is a bit like shooting the tube and then getting cracked on the head by your board.
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