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Kathryn Bigelow's fourth action film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) as he goes undercover to infiltrate a cache of Southern California surfers suspected of robbing banks. Utah, a former football player, is assigned to Los Angeles. There, four bank robbers, who wear rubber masks and call themselves "Ex-Presidents," have executed a series of successful robberies which embarrassingly have the FBI stumped. Utah, and his partner Pappas (Gary Busey) suspect that the robbers are surfers and hatch a plan for catching them. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

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"We might as well be watching a blissed-out Bill and Ted caper."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A lot of the snap comes, surprisingly, from Mr. Reeves, who displays considerable discipline and range. He moves easily between the buttoned-down demeanor that suits a police procedural story and the loose-jointed manner of his comic roles."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Did a dry California wind scramble the script as they moved into the third act? Did the tape recorder go on the blitz at the story conferences? Was there a fire in the editing room?"
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Part beach bromance, part cult actioner, part search for meaning, it's an adrenalin-pumping thrill ride with so much macho testosterone that it's hard to imagine many male directors with bigger balls than Kathryn Bigelow."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"...an above-average actioner..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A hare-brained wild ride through big surf and bad vibes, Point Break acts like a huge, nasty wave, picking up viewers for a few major thrills but ultimately grinding them into the sand via overkill and absurdity."
‑ , Variety
"Bigelow can't keep the film from drowning in a sea of surf-speak. But without her, Point Break would be no more than an excuse to ogle pretty boys in wet suits."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This is a very macho movie, and if the better film schools are looking for a contemporary film that very keenly exemplifies the marriage of sound and shoot, this is it."
‑ Lou Cedrone, Baltimore Sun
"The essence of movie remains unsullied, and with every viewing comes fresh details and a new appreciation for the film's fearlessness and originality in the midst of all of the cop formula."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Consistently stylish, dumb, and entertaining."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"An exercise in stylish lunkheadedness. It's gorgeous but dumb as a post; watching it is a bit like shooting the tube and then getting cracked on the head by your board."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Point Break is the best movie about cops, robbers, surfing and sky diving that you're likely to see."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Quaint in its depiction of an alternative lifestyle, yet still an above average, really quite vicious action thriller."
‑ Chris Laverty, Clothes on Film
"Pretty fair action in Swayze-Reeves starrer."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
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