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  • Summary: When a secret governmant agency re-programs a criminal named Nikita (Parillaud), she is released to the outside world as their agent. As her missions become more and more demanding, she is torn between her alliance to the agency and her desire to lead, for once, a normal life. (20th Century Fox)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. The making of the film is so slick, the acting so exceptional, that we find ourselves trapped - caring about what happens to the three principals. [6 May 1991, p.26]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    One of the most cinematic movies to come along in a while, with sparse dialogue, top-notch action and plenty of visual razzamatazz.
  3. Reviewed by: Lawrence O'Toole
    75
    It's like "The Terminator" as reimagined by the editors of French Vogue.
  4. The film, like Nikita herself, becomes more conventionally sleek and less interestingly bizarre as it moves along.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    60
    A supremely slick piece of entertainment where style triumphs over substance.
  6. 40
    Parillaud is expressive but rather mundane. She's best at playing sullen, but there are so many French actresses who specialize in this particular talent -- the French have mastered the apathetic pout -- that she seems generic.
  7. The talentless but irrepressibly trendy Luc Besson ("Subway," "The Big Blue") dreamed up this idiotic story that seems vaguely inspired by Kubrick's (not Anthony Burgess's) "A Clockwork Orange."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 13, 2011
    9
    A great movie. You may or may not like it, but I did.
  2. Sep 19, 2010
    6
    It's massive flaws that Nikita character seems like an "A Clockwork Orange" character through this movie. However, I would praise Nikita for pychologically dilema between her responsibility for kill and her love. Expand

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