Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
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Now back in France, Mesrine is finally in police custody and facing justice for his crimes. After escaping a courtroom and kidnapping the judge at gunpoint, Mesrine is declared Public Enemy Number 1 and is eventually condemned to a maximum-security prison where he writes his memoirs, establishing himself as a household name and the anti-hero across France. Mesrine stages another daring escape and disappears into the lawless underworld, taunting the police and reinventing himself as a celebrity criminal through his savvy manipulation of the media. After such a monumental rise, comes the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yes, he was a bad guy; but what a great story."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Director Jean-Francois Richet and screenwriter Abdel Raouf Dafri's movie generates much heat, but little light."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Once again Casell is phenomenal in the role and turns the film into a compelling and gripping ending to an epic gangster flick."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"Cassel tackles his role like it's the ultimate one-man show, filling his mustachioed character with a feral swagger that conveys tightly coiled threat and sexual charisma. It's not a particularly insightful performance, but it certainly feels authentic..."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Director Jean-Francois Richet obviously has been influenced by the Arthur Penn/Beatty film Bonnie & Clyde (1967). His film has some of the tone, personality, and energy of the American crime classic."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"His violent, pathetic end makes you sad not for the man but for a world in which such a creature could exist -- and thrive."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Jacques Mesrine's end may be inevitable, but he certainly doesn't bore us along the way."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Part 1 remains marginally compelling, if for no other reason than that it sets the table for the vastly superior Part 2."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"...both movies would have been better served had they been edited down into one consistently engrossing thriller."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This masterpiece combines the best of 'Scarface,' 'The Godfather' and 'Bonnie and Clyde'. Vincent Cassel tackles the demanding lead role and is simply magnificent. There is no shortage of action, violence and ..."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"You needn't have seen the first chapter to be swept up in this swirl of bloodletting and braggadocio."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[It] doesn't dig deeply into why Mesrine was the way he was. It's propelled by such a forceful performance from Cassel that, in the end, it hardly matters."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"The only recent gangster film this one falls short of is "Killer Instinct," the first half of the epic."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"... crackles with tension and violence, driven by [Vincent] Cassel's powerhouse performance."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Richet is overly ambitious and often pushes too hard, but in that sense he's perfect for chronicling Mesrine's life."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
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