Léon: The Professional
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As visually stylish as it is graphically violent, this thriller directed by Luc Besson concerns Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a 12-year-old girl living in New York City who has been exposed to the sordid side of life from an early age: her family lives in a slum and her abusive father works for drug dealers, cutting and storing dope. Mathilda doesn't much care for her parents, but she has a close bond with her four-year-old brother. One day, she returns from running an errand to discover that most of her family, including her brother, have been killed in a raid by corrupt DEA agents, led by… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Mathilda is like no New York City girl-child I've ever seen riding the subway. And I couldn't take my eyes off her."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Besson fails to make much of New York's visual potential, and lazily asks that Leon's expertise be taken on trust. The shallowness was to be expected; the slackness is surprising."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Leon: The Professional has style to spare."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Besson's incomparable film is almost impossible to beat and there's yet to be a director who could match his magnum opus..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"For the most part, The Professional is a great action picture."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A naive fairy tale splattered with blood."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"The Professional is much too sentimental to sound shockingly amoral in the least. Even in a finale of extravagant violence, it manages to be maudlin."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"You'll enjoy the action, but you'll remember the movie because of Reno and Portman."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
""Leon The Professional" is a consummate hit man movie from the early '90s era in cinema when every young filmmaker wanted to be the next Tarantino. Luc Besson just had to be himself."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Oozing style, wit and confidence from every sprocket, and offering a dizzyingly, fresh perspective on the Big Apple that only Besson could bring, this is, in a word, wonderful."
‑ Mark Salisbury, Empire Magazine
"Ultimately seems at once too deranged and too mechanical."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"One pretty awesome action movie."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Stylish, mature hitman thriller is quite violent."
‑ Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
"Reno's performance of hangdog loyalty lends his character pleasing sympathy while Besson's heavily stylized direction builds tension around sexy violence."
‑ , Film4
"Luc Besson is a masterly director of stylish, thrilling, and humorous action set pieces, and this film's bravura opening and closing sequences are two of the year's best."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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