La Femme Nikita

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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24

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  1. Jan 18, 2016
    9
    Upon cinematic release, being fascinated with Bridget Fonda, I watched 'Point of No Return', which I enjoyed but had no idea it was based on Besson's film. Badham's work was okay in my books, but nothing spectacular. Over the years I had loved those films of his I had seen ('Leon: The Professional', 'The Fifth Element', 'The Family' and 'Lucy'), and decided I wanted to see his earlierUpon cinematic release, being fascinated with Bridget Fonda, I watched 'Point of No Return', which I enjoyed but had no idea it was based on Besson's film. Badham's work was okay in my books, but nothing spectacular. Over the years I had loved those films of his I had seen ('Leon: The Professional', 'The Fifth Element', 'The Family' and 'Lucy'), and decided I wanted to see his earlier classic. I like the fact that Besson always has some hand in the writing, and the exquisite and graceful small part he wrote for acting legend Jeanne Moreau, virtually a microcosm of everything splendid she had ever brought to the screen. Besson has a very good feel for the genres his films represent--he plays to his strengths, and is not afraid to stick to his guns (for example, I'm glad he chose the ending that he did). The two significant extras on my DVD, remarking on the making of the film, and the sound selections by scorer Eric Serra, were both informative and entertaining, and added significant value. I highly recommend the experience to those who only think of 'The Fifth Element' when they think of Luc's work--you're in for a real treat... Expand
  2. May 13, 2011
    9
    A great movie. You may or may not like it, but I did.
  3. Beercan
    Jan 12, 2005
    8
    One the few movies in recent years that manages to transcend a completely idiotic storyline and ham-fisted filmmaking by sheer force of will. This movie hurls itself at you with all it's got, and a surprising amount of it sticks. Whatever La Femme Nikita's faults, and there are many, what is undeniable is the sincerity and fury of the whole enterprise - and a handful of truly One the few movies in recent years that manages to transcend a completely idiotic storyline and ham-fisted filmmaking by sheer force of will. This movie hurls itself at you with all it's got, and a surprising amount of it sticks. Whatever La Femme Nikita's faults, and there are many, what is undeniable is the sincerity and fury of the whole enterprise - and a handful of truly memorable action set-pieces. Visually deft, fluid, and often very funny, with a completely convincing lead performance by Parillaud. Not for everyone, especially Conservatives and other woman-haters, but lots of fun if you're game. Expand
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    90
    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. 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."
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Disappointing. [6 Mar 1991, Life, p.9D]