La Femme Nikita (Nikita)
La Femme Nikita (Nikita) (1990)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 21, 1990
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A zany out-of-control thriller that gives lead Anne Parillaud a big character arc and plenty of emotional room to work within.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Begins with the materials of a violent thriller but transcends them with the story of the heroine's transformation.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

A cool sensory indulgence, but irksomely lightweight.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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].

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

[Besson] seems to like playing off the generic, though he probably thinks of it as working with the mythic, the classic.

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Cole Smithey

[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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

If Luc Besson's latest goes into absurd overdrive, it does so with entertaining finesse.

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Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Beware Nikita. Not for kids.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Very stylish and wicked, but it's the magnetic title performance that makes it a classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
I have only just seen this Besson original, I saw the remake yonks ago when I was but a teen and quite liked it to be honest. Upon seeing this I can see how… More
Martin Sahlin
A lot diffrent than the Hollywood standards. And that's good. Good acting. Good Directing. I don't know how Luc Besson does it. But he got a very… More
Alex roy
Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita is his undisputed masterpiece, along with The Professional; Besson has delivered a stunning work that is riveting, filled with… More
Red Lats
I was disappointed. Perhaps because I used to watch the TV series, I was expecting something more like that. For some reason, the English words coming out of… More
Al S
It's brilliant, riveting, fast-paced and original. An relentlessly entertaining action-packed thriller. A smart and intriguing thrill-ride that's… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"There are two things that are infinite: femininity and means to take advantage of it."</i> Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going… More