Nikita (La Femme Nikita)
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The serpentine plotline of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita begins its 117-minute slither when punkish, psychotic, and drug-ridden Nikita (Anne Parillaud) fires her gun into a cop's face following the stick-up of a drug store, and is promptly imprisoned. She is thrown into a dank cell, then injected with a substance and told it is a lethal toxin. Instead of dying, however, the comes to in an all-white interrogation room, where French intelligence officer Bob (Tchéky Karyo), informs her that an alternate to execution exists: she can receive covert government training as an assassin. She… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Begins with the materials of a violent thriller but transcends them with the story of the heroine's transformation."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A cool sensory indulgence, but irksomely lightweight."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"A spy version of Pygmalion, complete with perverse romance, Nikita was well ahead of the curve when it came to women warriors as modern shoot-'em-up stars [Blu-ray]."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Superb thriller scored to Eurotrash synth pop, La Femme Nikita sets out a whole world of espionage and violence, and engages with a wild yet sympathetic lead."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Just another action movie, with the usual tenuous-at-best grip on reality."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"[Besson] seems to like playing off the generic, though he probably thinks of it as working with the mythic, the classic."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"[VIDEO] Before it spawned a cornucopia of television series knock-offs, writer/director Luc Besson's stylized 1990 French crime thriller set a new standard for the girl-with-a-gun movie trope."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This Besson thriller sparked many a wannabes, but it's clear this film stands on its own two feet, and kicks you in the head."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"Waaaay overrated by most, but still fun."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"With a good cast, slick production values, and gritty action, it passes an enjoyable two hours."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"If Luc Besson's latest goes into absurd overdrive, it does so with entertaining finesse."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Beware Nikita. Not for kids."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"Very stylish and wicked, but it's the magnetic title performance that makes it a classic."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"What makes the movie so captivating is Anne Parillaud's wild performance."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Stylish and stunning, a real trend-setter"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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