Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort)
Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) (2010)

This tough and gritty French-language crime drama represents the premier installment in a two-part series of features on the life and doings of notorious Gallic hood Jacques Mesrine (1936-1979). Mesrine is played, in both installments, by… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's undeniably uneven, but Vincent Cassel's electrifying performance makes Mesrine: Killer Instinct a gangster biopic worth seeking out.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Four hours of French gangsters may not sound like a cinematic joy, but with Euro-star Vincent Cassel in the lead role, the movie is utterly hypnotic.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Cassel is a gifted actor, but he doesn't have enough to grab on to. Read more:

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Ultimately feels more like a collection of cool anecdotes than a story.

Robert Koehler

The effect of Richet's hyperventilating filmmaking is akin to that of an extended-play trailer.

Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

Cassel, who took the best actor award at France's equivalent of the Oscars for this role, is compulsively watchable.

Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

Mesrine: Killer Instinct is a triumphant gangster film. It's exhilarating throughout thanks to a masterful performance by Vincent Cassel and some expertly staged action scenes. Comparing this one to Goodfellas would not be a stretch.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

It captures the rush of crime as a way of life for a man who did and took whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, simply because he could take it.

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Jen Chaney
Washington Post

Much of it plays like an unintentional mash-up of the numerous wrong-side-of-the-law sagas that preceded it.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Rollicking, epic, and the more riveting, more entertaining half of this two-part epic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
Killer Instinct is the story of notorious criminal Jacques Mesrine who progressed from petty crime on the streets of Paris to become Canada's public enemy… More
Albert Kim
Stereotypes die hard. Now, I haven't seen enough French films to place valid stereotypes on the entire French film industry, but from the few that… More
Spencer S.
The first of the two part "Mesrine" films, this is much more of an introduction into the life of the titular character than it is a true crime biopic.… More
Chris Weber
This is part one of a two part epic about infamous French gangster Jacques Mesrine who was a real menace during the 1960s and 1970s. I had not heard of him or… More
Alex roy
Mesrine: Killer Instinct is one of the best crime dramas that I've seen in quite some time. The film is based on the real life of Jacques Mesrine, a… More
Conner Rainwater
Mesrine Part I is undoubtedly the superior movie of the two because it comes from the writings of Mesrine himself. With his book as the main influence for this… More