Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. This disappointing dramatization, mounted with generic blandness by Jean-François Richet, makes no case for the man's larger significance, nor does any emotional digging at all. Such detachment was no doubt considered artistically shrewd-it's a big mistake.
  2. The events may be accurate, but Mesrine is so episodic that it's slightly maddening to watch.
  3. 55
    Mostly it's frustrating; the film is an episodic jumble that runs hot and cold not in some implied thematic synchronicity with its subject's character but as part of a misguided approach that assumes the audience will find whatever Mesrine does, in whatever order and with whatever emphasis, inherently fascinating.
  4. There's enough action to keep us watching, but little incentive to return when the movie's second half - yep, another two hours - hits theaters next week.
  5. 50
    Richet proves maddeningly loath to edit his material, and his charismatic star, Vincent Cassel, does not delve deep into the character.
  6. 50
    Much of it plays like an unintentional mash-up of the numerous wrong-side-of-the-law sagas that preceded it.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 28, 2010
    7
    The lead actor is excellent, and he's just repugnant enough that you're not rooting for him like you'd typically root for the bad guy in aThe lead actor is excellent, and he's just repugnant enough that you're not rooting for him like you'd typically root for the bad guy in a movie like this. The supporting actors are uniformly outstanding. Even though I knew this is part one of two, it really ends rather abruptly - almost like they produced both parts to be seen back-to-back with a short intermission. I'll certainly see part 2, despite the fact that it's pretty clear how it will all turn out from the directors use of the uroboros. Full Review »
  2. Apr 24, 2016
    8
    A fascinating true-life story, Vincent Cassel is outstanding in the role of Jacques Mesrine.

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    A fascinating true-life story, Vincent Cassel is outstanding in the role of Jacques Mesrine.

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  3. Jul 7, 2012
    8
    It's a great little history lesson. The movie is certainly implausible except for the fact that it is all based quite closely on the real lifeIt's a great little history lesson. The movie is certainly implausible except for the fact that it is all based quite closely on the real life b#$tard. For all of his repugnance you still must watch to see how he pulls this all off and how it might all end. If there's an overarching persistent flaw it is the way the movie surveys his life and crimes and never once even tries to dig into some pithy look at motivation. Still, very entertaining. Full Review »