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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: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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
    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
    material.
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  2. 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 wasGross 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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  3. Nov 4, 2014
    7
    A predictable, run-of-the-mill action movie, Grosse Pointe Blank uses its main character's likability as well as some very dark comedy to gripA predictable, run-of-the-mill action movie, Grosse Pointe Blank uses its main character's likability as well as some very dark comedy to grip the audience, and it works for the most part. For a Saturday night movie, it'll do. Expand
  4. Mar 26, 2012
    7
    To make a film that can be both painfully brutal and extremely funny is impressive if you pull it off but unbearable if they don't. LuckilyTo make a film that can be both painfully brutal and extremely funny is impressive if you pull it off but unbearable if they don't. Luckily Grosse Pointe Black is hilarious with a talented cast able to handle the darker elements because believe me, the film is quite dark. The film follows Martin Blank (John Cusack) a professional killer who decides to attend his high school reunion and do a job while he is there. He also hopes to reunite with his ex girlfriend Debbie (Minnie Driver) who he hasn't seen since prom night. Unfortunately for him, several other assassins have followed him to town in hopes of killing him. Cusack is fantastic in him role as he has a sharp tongue and wonderful comic timing, but he also has a menace to his look that makes him convincing. Driver is charming and makes a great lead while being able to shine beside Cusack. It's a real treat of a film with a nice script, an eclectic soundtrack some wonderful performances and some of the most unique deaths ever committed to film. Expand
  5. 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 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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