The Professional

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Universal acclaim- based on 350 Ratings

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  • Summary: A go-for-broke thriller about a professional assassin whose work becomes dangerously personal. Calling himself a "cleaner", the mysterious Leon (Reno) is New York's top hitman. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Leon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family's sole survivor -A go-for-broke thriller about a professional assassin whose work becomes dangerously personal. Calling himself a "cleaner", the mysterious Leon (Reno) is New York's top hitman. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Leon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family's sole survivor - 12-year-old Mathilda (Portman), but Mathilda doesn't just want protection; she wants revenge. Training her in the deadly tricks of his trade, Leon helps her track the psychotic agent (Oldman) who murdered her family. [Sony] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Ah, monsieur, you can lead a Frenchman to the Big Apple, but you can't make him a New Yorker -- and that's exactly what makes The Professional so fascinating.
  2. 90
    Oldman is the least inhibited actor of his generation, and as this deranged detective, he keeps absolutely nothing in reserve.
  3. 80
    Few action films can claim such complexities without conceding the bang-bang stuff that brings in the big money.
  4. Takes its viewers on a bouncing high-wire act between intense violence and sugar-sweet tenderness, with some light-hearted comedy along the way.
  5. 63
    Besson has a natural gift for plunging into drama with a charged-up visual style.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    60
    Widescreen lensing favors tight close-ups, and multiple shoot-'em-ups are edited with panache.
  7. Lacks the sexy elan of "La Femme Nikita" and suffers from infinitely worse culture shock. [18 Nov 1994, p.C18]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    10
    This movie is soo amazing! I **** love it.
    It's in the top in my list of favorites movies, and I think that is one of the best movies of all
    This movie is soo amazing! I **** love it.
    It's in the top in my list of favorites movies, and I think that is one of the best movies of all times.
    I saw it like 64165465643 times haha and it always surprise me
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  2. DanielC.
    Apr 14, 2007
    10
    Known to me as Leon. This is the best action film of all time. The New York Times are a bunch of stuck up losers and drag this movies Known to me as Leon. This is the best action film of all time. The New York Times are a bunch of stuck up losers and drag this movies reviewed score down, shame on you! (Always have to digg at somone!). Expand
  3. Riren
    Jan 30, 2007
    10
    This movie is all about the relationship between a mentaly slow hitman and an orphaned little girl. It is not about how many fight scenes This movie is all about the relationship between a mentaly slow hitman and an orphaned little girl. It is not about how many fight scenes they can pack in, or how realistic they can make the deaths, or even about how uncaring the world is. Seldom in the history of film will you find two actors with such chemistry, and nowhere in film will you find two actors who work together so well with such a gap between their ages. They are bizarre, awkward, funny, violent - and ultimately as charming as any romance, without playing a cheap Lolita angle. The innocence this movie portrays, buried in its own hard, confusing world, will crack even the toughest shells. All the guns, hitmen, drugs and cops are gravy on the side. Expand
  4. chw
    Jul 17, 2014
    9
    Leon: The Professional was a very good movie. Since I saw this after The Family, I didn't know what to expect, but it actually turned out toLeon: The Professional was a very good movie. Since I saw this after The Family, I didn't know what to expect, but it actually turned out to be a good movie. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    9
    I loved this movie before I even watched it. Leon is French-produced, meaning you wont see any of Hollywood's cliches. Leon's not someI loved this movie before I even watched it. Leon is French-produced, meaning you wont see any of Hollywood's cliches. Leon's not some undefeatable 6th sensed assassin .Instead he is human with emotions who cares for the world he lives in, he just has an immoral "profession". You can understand his decisions and begin to care for him and the girl. I even started caring for the plant Leon keeps. His relationship with the girl also really grows on you. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2015
    8
    A classic of the 90s, I recently revisited this film, and it still has the same impact. The chemistry between Mathilde and Leon is palpableA classic of the 90s, I recently revisited this film, and it still has the same impact. The chemistry between Mathilde and Leon is palpable (if a little creepy at times, from her point of view). As we follow Leon's change as he takes Mathilde under his wing, we are witness to probably the greatest roles played by the three main-players - Jean Reno at his easy best, Natalie Portman as one of the best child actors of all time, and Gary Oldman... wow what a powerful part for him. He was at his best when he played villains. A worthy addition to any collection. Expand
  7. Jan 5, 2013
    0
    This movie is highly regarded, but I can not see anything to justify it. There are plenty of better movies that you can waste an hour with,This movie is highly regarded, but I can not see anything to justify it. There are plenty of better movies that you can waste an hour with, many that are bad but they at least fit their roles. This movie is just a misfit that doesn't easily hold one's attention. There must be something I'm missing, like a popular release or good actors or something, but its just not very appealing. Expand

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