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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

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Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 19, 2011
    88
    Cassel's performance...the best reason to see this, one of the best French (In French with English subtitles) crime thrillers of the new millennium.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.