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  • Summary: A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he’s offered his first senior-level assignment, he can’t believe his good luck – until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax. A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack, Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he’s a target of the same crime ring they’re trying to bust, he realizes there’s no turning back…and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive. (Lionsgate)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. Stoopid fun, From Paris With Love doesn't do much for Paris or love, or your brain cells, but it flies like a crazed eagle on uppers and comes from the talented, propulsive schlocketeer Pierre Morel.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    He (Morel) brings in lobotomized entertainment at 90-odd minutes. During the February doldrums, this cannot be underestimated.
  3. John Travolta breaks the braggadocio meter in the latest tightly wound actioner from "Taken’s" Pierre Morel.
  4. A ''fun trash'' movie that's more trash than fun.
  5. If so inclined for a breezy, violent time-waster audiences could do worse. Travolta sadly can do so much better.
  6. Still, the action is ponderous too. Mr. Morel is no Kubrick, or Tarantino, just as Mr. Travolta's caricature of John Travolta is no Travolta.
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    We all know how rotten today’s movies can be, but even at the bottom of the slag pit, you won’t find a load of garbage any smellier than From Paris With Love.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Aug 18, 2010
    Buy, Rent, Skip. That's how I'll rate my review. Ignore the number above. Pretty decent action flick. Travolta plays a pretty convincing badass. The story gets is kind of slow in the beginning, in the sense you not really sure what the movie is about, but once the movies gets to the point it's a pretty great thrill ride the rest of the way. If your looking for a movie that keep your attention for a movie night in, give this a movie a rent. Plus their is a little reference in this movie to one of John Travolta's most famous lines I thought was hilarious. Not the best action movie but definitely worth a watch. Expand
  2. masharp
    Feb 8, 2010
    Characters were GREAT!!!!! Simple and VERY fun. We laughed and laughed. Go see it if you are fun-loving.
  3. Mar 8, 2011
    From Paris with Love shacked the crap out of me with how good it was, I thought it was just going to be your typical buddy cop movie (or in this case buddy spy), it's not perfect do to the fact that you never really know what's going on because of the fact they change it up every five minutes, but with two plot twists I didn't see coming, and satisfying action, this is a great movie I can recommend to action fans. Expand
  4. MichaelS.
    Feb 7, 2010
    Luc Beson delivers another good story and chilling portrayal of Terrorist zeal and commitment in final scenes. Action is non stop and entertaining. Worth seeing. Expand
  5. Jun 9, 2013
    A number of reviewers around the web have criticised this movie for its nonsensical plot and the fact that its characters make decisions for no other reason than to move us onto the next action sequence and, to be honest, they are right. Anyone watching this film hoping for a subtle thriller though has clearly come to the wrong place.

    Thanks in large part to a brilliantly over the top performance from John Travolta as well as some great action scenes and a tongue in cheek sense of humour however From Paris with Love is a gripping, fast paced movie that is sure to entertain fans of the action genre.
  6. CamT
    Mar 3, 2010
    This movie was a plain and predictable action flick. It was worth a watch but not much more. John Travolta as the bad ass american agent was definitely the highlight of this flick and he manages to carry it through till the end. If you like action movies you will definitely want to see this. It was worth watching but I'm not holding my breath for the DVD. Expand
  7. Feb 5, 2012
    I was thoroughly disappointed by From Paris with Love. Luc Besson's normally energetic and no-nonsense writing feels turgid, and director Pierre Morel has made films that are both more fun (District 13) and more consistent (Taken) than this sorry affair. Both leads are miscast - Johnathan Rhys Meyers' ambassador's assistant and part-time CIA operative James Reese quite remarkably manages to come across as both wooden and camp at the same time, and John Travolta's agent Charlie Wax is just an offensive, egotistic, fat old man who couldn't believably pull off half the stunts he does in this film (Travolta clearly has a good stunt man to do the tricky stuff, and the camera craftily cuts away whenever he's required to run). The plot is predictable, the representations of various ethnicities in Paris borderline offensive, and the action is unimaginative, and surprisingly infrequent for an action film. The only thing the film really does is raise the occasional smile with a few passable jokes (usually when Reese points out the ridiculousness of the situation, or when Travolta is particularly hammy) though even this is somewhat spoiled by a decision to crowbar in a reference to one of the lead actor's biggest hits. I'm sure said line was intended to be funny, but instead it just causes you to groan in deep embarrassment. From Paris with Love is only worth watching for the odd chuckle - it works on no other level, not as an action film, thriller, comment on terrorism and paranoia, not even as a buddy movie. It's merde, Monsieur Besson and Monsieur Morel, and you both need to have a long, hard think about where your careers are heading. Expand

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