Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Ah, monsieur, you can lead a Frenchman to the Big Apple, but you can't make him a New Yorker -- and that's exactly what makes The Professional so fascinating.
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Washington Post

By Hal Hinson
Oldman is the least inhibited actor of his generation, and as this deranged detective, he keeps absolutely nothing in reserve.
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The A.V. Club

Few action films can claim such complexities without conceding the bang-bang stuff that brings in the big money.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Besson's visuals are, as always, vibrant and decidedly European. He fills the frames with odd-angled shots and alarming riots of color that catch you off-balance.
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By James Berardinelli
With some surprisingly strong character interaction, there's a lot to like about this movie, at least for those willing to look beyond all the bloodshed.
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By Richard Schickel
This is a Cuisinart of a movie, mixing familiar yet disparate ingredients, making something odd, possibly distasteful, undeniably arresting out of them. [5 Dec 1994, p. 93]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Besson has a natural gift for plunging into drama with a charged-up visual style.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Takes its viewers on a bouncing high-wire act between intense violence and sugar-sweet tenderness, with some light-hearted comedy along the way.
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By Lisa Nesselson
Widescreen lensing favors tight close-ups, and multiple shoot-'em-ups are edited with panache.
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TV Guide

Luc Besson is a masterly director of stylish, thrilling, and humorous action set pieces, and this film's bravura opening and closing sequences are two of the year's best.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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