As visually stylish as it is graphically violent, this thriller directed by Luc Besson concerns Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a 12-year-old girl living in New York City who has been exposed to the sordi... read more
Directed by: Luc Besson
Release Date: November 18, 1994
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
Stats: 18,031 reviews
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December 6, 2012fb1019018362
A naive fairy tale splattered with blood. Always at the back of my mind was the troubled thought that there was something wrong about placing a 12-year-old character in the middle of this action.
It is stylish, darkly humorous, and almost artsy in its approach to the genre.
November 18, 2012
Tense from the opening shot, this is a slick and suspenseful movie, a classic of the action genre but one that's thrilling for other reasons as well. There's a little comedy, subtle echoes of some classics (Taxi Driver, True Grit), a disturbing sexualization of the precocious Nat...
October 31, 2012
What begins as a fascinating action film soon gives in to some clichés and contrivances in the second half, lacking a believable development of the characters and going for an awkward sexual implication between them that stands in the way - something made explicit in the Director...
October 29, 2012
After some successful and highly creative films in his native France, director Luc Besson turned his hand to American cinema in 1994 with "Leon". He had already covered the story of a lethal assassin in his 1990 film "La Femme Nikita", which also featured Jean Reno in a small rol...
September 16, 2012
Revenge is a tough game, even for a Professional.
Excellent Film! The performance delivered by then twelve-year old Natalie Portman as Mathilda is nothing short of brilliant. Her ability to relate to others with body movement and facial gestures is matched by few, she really bri...
September 9, 2012
A perfectly great film with fantastic performances and wicked cinematography. Portman is surprisingly powerful as a child, Reno is solid in the title role, but its Oldman who is the most electrifying. A truly great performance of a truly wicked man from a truly legendary actor. I...
December 8, 2011fb223580
Another instant favourite film. How can you not love Jean Reno?? He is just adorable, even when he's being a professional killer! Natalie Portman was astonishingly intelligent and mature (I could hear her 25-year-old voice speaking to me out of that 13-year-old face), but she ...
October 24, 2011
The best hitman movie ever, so ice cool so slick and quite emotional. Jean Reno's best subtle performance and Portman's best role also (as a kid) yet disturbingly hot. The action is first class and pinpoint, Oldman is crazy and his sidekicks are just waiting to be whacked hehe. T...
August 17, 2011fb619846742
A near-masterpiece of an action/suspense flick concerning a illiterate, lonely hitman (Jean Reno) who reluctantly takes a young girl (Natalie Portman) under his wing after her entire family is murdered ruthlessly by courrpt DEA agents, led by a psychopath (Gary Oldman). The film ...
August 12, 2011
Leon (The Professional) is quite possibly the best film by director Luc Besson, whom I'm not a fan of. I thought that this film was very well made, and the action was well done. Like ever film there are low points, a weak link if you will. Though she plays an integral part of the...
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