• Released
  • November 8, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 29 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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50

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
It’s a mildly interesting thriller — Paris through the eyes of a director who doesn’t know how to make its beauty menacing.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Slickly executed with glossy, neon-drenched cinematography and a throbbing techno-music score, Paris Countdown sacrifices substance for stylishness, as has become the distressing tendency of so many recent crime dramas. But its fast pacing, compelling lead performances and frequent doses of action prevent boredom from settling in.
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50

The New York Times

By Rachel Saltz
Mr. Marie, making his debut as a director, swathes their tale in a thick coat of style that teeters between cool and mannered.
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40

Time Out New York

Despite the ingredients for a rousing shoot-’em-up (two-timing hit men, a slo-mo shoot-out, chartreuse-filtered scenes in Mexico) it’s hard to buy the leads’ mastery of this world of fist-pumps and violence.
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40

The Dissolve

By Sam Adams
Paris Countdown has style to burn, where “style” means “uses lots of lighting gels and some camera flourishes,” but it doesn’t have a coherent point of view or a solid take on the genre.
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38

RogerEbert.com

A middle-aged bromance tucked inside a French crime thriller, a slick and brutal B-action picture that finds writer-director Edgar Marie channeling Nicolas Winding Refn channeling early Michael Mann.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
If Michael Mann, Luc Besson and Quentin Tarantino all ate the same bad sushi together, the unfortunate end result might just resemble the pre-digested pap that is the French thriller Paris Countdown.
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30

Variety

By Peter Debruge
This been-there-done-that story marks a pretty banal debut for writer-director Alain Marie, who seems far more interested in aping Refn and early-career Michael Mann than in finding his own style.
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30

Village Voice

The skirmishes are alternately silly and wan. The film's gloomy techno score is its most lasting attribute.
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35 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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