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Point Break Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
dumb, testosterone-soaked big summer story by Kathryn Bigelow
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
June 13, 2013
Did a dry California wind scramble the script as they moved into the third act? Did the tape recorder go on the blitz at the story conferences? Was there a fire in the editing room?
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 22, 2007
We might as well be watching a blissed-out Bill and Ted caper.
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 5, 2006
In some ways, Point Break is a guilty pleasure. But do keep in mind, like many drugs, repeated exposure may make you dumber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Dragan Antulov
November 26, 2002
Bigelow forgot the most important ingredients for a successful action film -- plot and characters.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
February 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 7, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Blake French
May 27, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Bigelow stages the film's action sequences with a brutal efficiency (they almost redeem the movie), but she can't keep the increasingly silly script in check.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Even Bigelow's best scenes, however, are occasionally undercut by her penchant for close-ups and MTV-style edits that confuse the audience about what exactly is happening during chaotic moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Dequina
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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March 22, 2007
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.
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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1991
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
June 12, 2013
This is a very macho movie, and if the better film schools are looking for a contemporary film that very keenly exemplifies the marriage of sound and shoot, this is it.
Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2015
'90s hit with intense action, graphic violence, and surfing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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