Point Break
Point Break (1991)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

We might as well be watching a blissed-out Bill and Ted caper.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A nearly flawless marriage of the genre clichés of the classic '80s-model cop action picture with the elevated physicality of the '90s action films to come.

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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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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?

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Derek Adams
Time Out

There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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.

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun

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.

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Spencer S.
Somewhat of an action classic by today's standards, Point Break is an iconoclastic film that features two high billing actors at the peak of their fame,… More
Mark Walker
Before the Oscar winning heights of "The Hurt Locker", director Kathryn Bigelow cut her teeth on some intense and very impressive pieces of work; the… More
Chris Weber
Okay, so the idea of a law man going undercover, and finding himself conflicted has been done to death, but this variation on that old theme is one stunning… More
Adam Kelly
The action sequences and set pieces are undeniably impressive and by far better than the average blockbuster. But the cliched, cheesy beyond belief, poor acting… More
Phil Hubbs
If you ask me this was the first film to have the bad guys wearing cool/freaky looking masks whilst carrying out their heists. So many films since this have… More