Grosse Pointe Blank
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Most people have trouble deciding what to say when they're asked what they've been doing with their lives at a High School reunion, but Martin Blank (as played by John Cusack) has a different problem than most -- he has to make his career sound less interesting than it actually is. Martin is a former CIA operative who is now a freelance hit man, making good money for killing people he doesn't know. However, Martin's game has been a bit off lately; he's no longer happy in his work, and both his secretary Marcella (Joan Cusack) and his psychiatrist, Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite some early indications from the two Cusacks and Arkin that it's going to be funny, it winds up an unholy mess that becomes steadily more incoherent -- morally, dramatically, and conceptually."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Quirky mix of laughs, romance, strong violence."
‑ Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
"Silly black comedy fires a blank."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"L'une des comédies américaines les plus honnêtes et efficaces des années 90"
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"An incredibly hip look at growing up."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Cusack is charming and assured in the film."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"With its darkly comic sensibilities and morally flawed protagonists, this won't be to everyone's taste, but those who can get on its wavelength will appreciate the savory witticisms and dryly acute observations."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"One of the true delights of 1990s American cinema."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"One of 1997's best films, and certainly the funniest and freshest."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Armitage encourages [Gen-Xers] to keep the skeptical attitude, but to also negotiate some sort of confusing middle ground between maintaining the image without "selling out"."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"For what is essentially a one-joke movie, this has an awful lot going for it."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"For John Cusack lovers, "Grosse Pointe Blank" is one of his best, an engaging showcase for his droll demeanor and a seamless blend of comedy and action. It's light entertainment, in spite of the body count."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A slick, mannered and frequently clever comedy."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The action is fast and furious, and so are the punchlines."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"It's the best date film I've seen in a long time: at least 12 people die."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
More reviews for Grosse Pointe Blank on Rotten Tomatoes

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