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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
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  1. May 13, 2011
    9
    A great movie. You may or may not like it, but I did.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. May 13, 2015
    6
    A short review:
    The story of Nikita is fairly simplistic to follow. The only thing is it doesn't delve fully into what it could've been. Instead it tinkers with the emotional strings due to her relationship she forms contrasting with her "work". Performances by lead actress are alright overall, she's absolutely dislikable at the start but at the end you (kind of) grow to sympathise with
    A short review:
    The story of Nikita is fairly simplistic to follow. The only thing is it doesn't delve fully into what it could've been. Instead it tinkers with the emotional strings due to her relationship she forms contrasting with her "work". Performances by lead actress are alright overall, she's absolutely dislikable at the start but at the end you (kind of) grow to sympathise with her but due to her childish actions and mannerisms at times she can more be an annoyance. Her boss plays his part pretty well but Jean Reno steals the screen for the few minutes he occupies it for. However, direction wise of this film was average overall, some shots being quite nicely directed but other shots being totally unnecessary. An interesting idea that doesn't fully deliver. 6/10
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  5. YoonMinC.
    Sep 24, 2003
    3
    An obnoxious exercise in bloodletting borrowing freely from the worst violent stylistic excesses of Hong Kong and Hollywood movies. What's typically French is the delirious herione who seems to be storming the Bastille. Or, is it that time of the month? It's something like Taming of the Shrew with guns. Guys into kinky killer babes might enjoy this; so might embittered feminists An obnoxious exercise in bloodletting borrowing freely from the worst violent stylistic excesses of Hong Kong and Hollywood movies. What's typically French is the delirious herione who seems to be storming the Bastille. Or, is it that time of the month? It's something like Taming of the Shrew with guns. Guys into kinky killer babes might enjoy this; so might embittered feminists who might find the idea of a killer woman--regardless of her retardedness--empowering. Me, I just wanted to shout 'put a cork in it' and in more ways than one. 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 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. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Disappointing. [6 Mar 1991, Life, p.9D]