Overall Rank: 68
Average Rating: 3.3/4
# of Ratings: 833
Theatrical Release Date: 11/18/1994
Genre: Crime, Action
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Luc Besson
Actors: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel, Michael Badalucco
Plot: A trained assassin is reluctant to take care of his Neighbor, whose parents are killed. The girl is 12 years old and he teaches her his assassination trade.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/06/2019
Young Natalie Portman is terrific in this story of a hitman taking an orphan under his wing.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 05/11/2014
The story is about a trained assassin is reluctant to take care of his Neighbor, whose parents are killed. The girl is 12 years old and he teaches her his assassination trade. This movie stared of pretty damn cool if i must say, but when the assassin teams up with that 12 year old girl the movie be came light and soft and became a family movie until the shot out scenes. Gary Oldman plays a over the top villain but his such a good actor he pulled it over really well.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/24/2013
The Professional succeeds because of the charming, pretentious, and believable relationship between its two leads. The somewhat cliche corrupt cop storyline sometimes doesn't work, but the Portman-Reno plot holds everything together. A special mention should be made of the film's explosive and exciting conclusion.
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Indyfreak - wrote on 09/19/2018
Luc Besson's slick uber-nineties styled action thriller has a great lead performance by the ever underrated Jean Reno as Leon, a stoic cleaner for the mob that takes a young neighbor named Mathilda (Natalie Portman) under his protection after her family is murdered by a vicious dirty cop named Norman Stansfield(Gary Oldman).
Oldman's infamously over the top turn as villain Norman Stansfield is the stuff of internet memes. Eminently quotable yet ever frightening as a character, Stansfield's evil presence is felt even when off-camera. One of the 1990s' best movie villains.
Natalie Portman is very good as the snarky if vulnerable Mathilda who swiftly becomes accustomed to Leon's solitary and dangerous occupation. And their relationship is where the movie becomes awkward to watch …
cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/18/2016
Luc Besson ist die kommerzielle französische Industrie. Er im Alleingang und dafür hasst ihn halb Frankreich. Fast vergisst man dabei seine kalten und traurigen Geschichten aus den 90ern. Professionelle Killerinnen, obsessive Taucher und Punks, die in den Schluchten der Pariser Metro leben, bevölkerten diese Filme. Die Vorbilder von Besson waren Comics und genauso sahen seine Filme aus. Der New Wave Stil der Zeit, in Frankreich fand man dafür den Begriff "Bande Dessinee". Luc Besson scheint ein Anhänger der Pygmalion Theorie zu sein, die besagt, dass jede Person durch Bildung transformiert werden kann. Dieser Glauben mit der Vorliebe Bessons für weibliche Killer, macht Leon - The Professional aus. Einen Fakt aber können wir dabei auf keinen Fall ignorieren: In Leon ist der …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/27/2012
Professional killer Jean Reno reluctantly takes in a 12 year old girl after her family is murdered by corrupt police detectives. Luc Besson's mix of offbeat characters, humour and high octane action tends to be a little hit and miss, but in Leon he found the perfect balance between sensitive character study, emotion and tense action sequences. Pot plant loving, milk drinking loner Reno is the antithesis of the usual testosterone-soaked, gung-ho action hero and with no glib one liners or macho posturing, he takes no pleasure in the mayhem he induces; he's just very, very good at it. His relationship with a young Natalie Portman is sincere, funny and touching, and although emotionally ambiguous (at least from her adolescent point of view), it never crosses the line into sexual creepiness. …
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