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  • Summary: In this black comedy, a philosophical hit man (Cusack) reluctantly accepts an assignment in Detroit which coincides with his 10-year high school reunion in the upscale suburb of Grosse Point, Michigan.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. High school reunions should only be this satisfying.
  2. 90
    A hilarious new addition to the wonderfully warped Generation X-Files.
  3. 90
    Smart in a rare way that matters greatly to good contemporary comedy: Like last year's "Flirting With Disaster," its script and direction underplay absurd situations, letting its characters amuse without showing the strains of forced wackiness.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    80
    It's a killing comedy for people who have learned to stop worrying and love their iden-tity crisis.
  5. This clever and original movie is like a John Hughes comedy for the '90s.
  6. 70
    A slick, mannered and frequently clever comedy.
  7. An unholy mess that becomes steadily more incoherent -- morally, dramatically, and conceptually.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Sep 22, 2014
    10
    One of John Cusack's wittiest roles. The action is impressive and the screenplay can never be imitated.
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  2. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    Grosse Pointe Blank has a great cast, action galore and outrageous comedy rolled into one.
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  3. Jul 1, 2014
    10
    Grosse Pointe Blank has some awkward moments but it is a fun action-comedy. John Cusack plays an assassin who returns to Grosse Pointe for his high school reunion. Assassins are after him and he reconnects with the girl who he stood up on their prom night. The movie is amusing and the action is well shot including a fight scene with John Cusack. Minnie Driver plays Martin's old girlfriend Debbie and she delivers a fine role. A very funny action-comedy with black humour and clever acting. Expand
  4. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    Grosse Pointe Blank has excellent comedy, action and a groovy soundtrack. This movie is very enjoyable.
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  5. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    Grosse Pointe Blank is a cool action comedy with John Cusack. The movie has a talented cast and the
    movie is dissimilar from typical action
    comedies. The movie is hilarious and the screenplay is original
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  6. Aug 16, 2014
    8
    Gross Pointe Blank: 8 out of 10: This movie is full of small miracles. For one thing, Dan Ackroyd is funny. Let that sink in a bit. When was the last time Dan Ackroyd made you laugh? Now I confess I am the perfect target market for this movie. I am in the age range where I think the soundtrack is cool and the eighties were a pretty good time. Nowadays of course many people look back on the eighties with rose-colored glasses. Back when teens could be teens without ending up on MSNBC. Back before cell phones let parents track our movements and school security consisted of a bald vice principle with an attitude problem.

    The movie is well cast with John Cusack as a professional hit man going to his 10 year high school reunion and Minnie Driver as the girl he left behind. A great supporting cast includes Alan Arkin as a therapist unhappy with a killer for a client (Years before the Sopranos or Analyze This) . The aforementioned Dan Aykroyd as a competing hit man and Joan Cusack as the secretary that both cares and is insane.

    The story is very silly and over the top, yet Gross Pointe Blank somehow manages to keep the tone just right throughout the proceedings. Existential silliness adds to the fun rather than distracts. Moreover, did I mention a really good soundtrack.
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  7. BrianF.
    Jul 25, 2006
    2
    John Cusak at his self absorbed best! This movie was nothing more than a pathetic attempt to return to the Better Off Dead success of Cusak...and failing miserably. Are we supposed to like a hired killer, even if he has a overplayed 80's soundtrack as a score? Expand

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