• Released
  • August 27, 2010
  • (Limited 8/27)
  • R , 1 hr 53 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Documentary
100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The films never lose sight of Mesrine the man, a fascinating character in that he's brutal yet extremely intelligent, has a skewed but discernible conscience, and, under the right circumstances, can be warm and generous.
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88

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
Cassel's performance...the best reason to see this, one of the best French (In French with English subtitles) crime thrillers of the new millennium.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The acting is macho understatement. Mesrine is a character who might have been played years ago by Gerard Depardieu, who appears here as Guido, a bullet-headed impresario of larceny.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Part One, at least, is a French "Bonnie and Clyde."
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The real-life career criminal Jacques Mesrine is seen in all his wild, scary, violent glory.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
So what is it? Primarily it's a showcase for Vincent Cassel, who dines out on the role and won a Cesar award (the Gallic Oscar) for his efforts.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The enjoyment of the film comes from watching Mesrine's ambitions grow slowly but exponentially; the shock is in being reminded and re-reminded of his sadism.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The events may be accurate, but Mesrine is so episodic that it's slightly maddening to watch.
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55

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Mostly it's frustrating; the film is an episodic jumble that runs hot and cold not in some implied thematic synchronicity with its subject's character but as part of a misguided approach that assumes the audience will find whatever Mesrine does, in whatever order and with whatever emphasis, inherently fascinating.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There's enough action to keep us watching, but little incentive to return when the movie's second half - yep, another two hours - hits theaters next week.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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