The Professional Synopsis
An Italian hit man (Jean Reno) protects a New York orphan (Natalie Portman).
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91

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...
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90

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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80

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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78

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...
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75

ReelViews

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...
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70

Time

By Richard Schickel
This is a Cuisinart of a movie, mixing familiar yet disparate ingredients, making something odd, possibly distasteful, undeniably arresting...
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63

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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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Takes its viewers on a bouncing high-wire act between intense violence and sugar-sweet tenderness, with some light-hearted comedy along the...
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60

Variety

By Lisa Nesselson
Widescreen lensing favors tight close-ups, and multiple shoot-'em-ups are edited with panache.
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50

TV Guide

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Luc Besson is a masterly director of stylish, thrilling, and humorous action set pieces, and this film's bravura opening and closing...
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Outstanding Gallic Action

By JFrawley032759
The version shown in the United States is an extremely good movie, but the uncut international version is much better - a true classic. Certain sexual connotations were removed, but there was no...

great flick

By UrbanaNYC
I watched this with my then boyfriend, and I thought it was going to be stupid. This film was amazing. It had action, weird scenes, interesting story line. Just great overall. It's a def. must see!!...

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Stylish, mature hitman thriller is quite violent.
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