La Femme Nikita

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

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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]

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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. 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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    Besson is an accomplished technician, and his choice of shots-with an emphasis on bizarre, low angles, darting camera movements and large, abstract color fields-is consistently entertaining if not particularly expressive. [3 Apr 1991, Tempo, p.3]
  4. The film, like Nikita herself, becomes more conventionally sleek and less interestingly bizarre as it moves along.
  5. 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 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  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 onUpon 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. 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 forIt'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. Collapse
  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.
    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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