Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1)
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Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everything about the second half is snappier, especially the acting..."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A French crime-gangster film of epic proportions"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a fascinating true-life story that suffers only from trying too hard to be completely true to life."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, Cinematical
"Mesrine is a lean, flashy, fast-moving, somewhat repetitive film, very French in some ways, yet lacking the gravitas of the crime movies starring Jean Gabin or directed by Jean-Pierre Melville."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Muscular, forthright storytelling, hard-smoking, hard-drinking action, horribly incorrect attitudes, brutality with a top-note of self-loathing, bushy moustaches and a cracking lead performance."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Cassel injects a jolt of wild energy and ambiguity into what could easily have been another flatulent, apologist gangster epic."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Together, these two films represent a thinking-man's gangster movie. They contain the self-reflection and real-life grit, but without ponderous self-indulgence."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"French actor Vincent Cassel, as Mesrine, delivers in spades."
‑ Beverly Berning, culturevulture.net
"Richet's punchy style doesn't add anything new to the conventional, Scorsese-inspired way of presenting gangster movies, but it's well done, giving the film a constant supply of energy."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"Killer Instinct and Public Enemy can't escape the shadow of the films they might have been. Both earn their place in the gangster canon. But not even Jacques Mesrine can escape the constraints of cinema."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"It's so killer, it makes Part 1 seem like nothing but a flesh wound."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"A restless character study in which an otherwise unremarkable individual, tossed by the tides of fate, emerges unexpectedly as remarkable, but in all the wrong ways"
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"vi%u0161e nego dobar primjer gangsterskog filma"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"A film that doesn't necessarily glamorise its subject, though it does seems worryingly enamoured by his achievements. This is ultimately closer to a slice of over-board entertainment than an insight into a despicable, if extraordinary man."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
"A shotgun blast of a crime thriller; a dizzying, violent, and terrifying thrill ride."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies

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