Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. High school reunions should only be this satisfying.
  2. 90
    A hilarious new addition to the wonderfully warped Generation X-Files.
  3. A wild at heart, anarchic comedy that believes in living dangerously.
  4. 90
    A bright burst of action and comedy with a cast that makes for rousing good company.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    In its soft-spoken way, it is fierce, shaggy and deeply weirded out.
  7. 90
    With a brisk pace and satiric blend of nostalgia and violence, it's the sharpest, funniest comedy so far this year.
  8. Grosse Pointe Blank is covering the same kind of territory as that elephantine, if exciting, 1994 family man-killer thriller, "True Lies." But this time, the joke stings. [11 April 1997, Friday, p.A]
  9. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    88
    This movie has the jaunty good cheer of another great movie about hit men, "Prizzi's Honor." And that is high praise indeed.
  10. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    A premise this preposterous must be carried off with unflappable comic conviction, and Cusack is just the right man for the job.
  11. As Blank, Cusack is both proud and remorseful. And the amazing thing is that as usual, you believe him. [Oct 10, 1997]
  12. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    Armitage, Cusack and his Evanston chums have their work cut out for them to turn a stone killer into a sympathetic romantic character. That they succeed in such a shrewdly funny way is downright amazing.
  13. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    80
    The zeal and good nature of the cast overcome the artificial quality of the situations.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    80
    It's a killing comedy for people who have learned to stop worrying and love their iden-tity crisis.
  15. Enough wild-card energy to keep it bright and surprising.
  16. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    78
    A wacky joyride.
  17. 75
    The kind of quirky, character-driven comedy they don't make much anymore.
  18. An entertaining oddity, an amiably black comedy whose bared teeth double as an engaging smile: It takes a satiric bite and leaves you laughing through the pain.
  19. This clever and original movie is like a John Hughes comedy for the '90s.
  20. 70
    A slick, mannered and frequently clever comedy.
  21. 70
    As black comedies go, Grosse Pointe Blank is just sort of gray.
  22. 63
    A bleak, black satire that occasionally strays all the way into "Pulp Fiction" territory.
  23. 63
    The film takes the form but not the feel of a comic thriller. It's quirkier than that.
  24. The picture is a soggy, all-over-the- place mess.
  25. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    50
    It's damn funny. It's also the best date film I've seen in a long time.
  26. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    50
    The tone remains uneasily divided between lightly realistic character comedy and the darkest, chilliest kind of farce.
  27. An unholy mess that becomes steadily more incoherent -- morally, dramatically, and conceptually.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User 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. 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. Full Review »