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The New Republic
The making of the film is so slick, the acting so exceptional, that we find ourselves trapped - caring about what happens to the three principals. [6 May 1991, p.26]
Chicago Sun-Times
Surprisingly touching.
Entertainment Weekly
It's like "The Terminator" as reimagined by the editors of French Vogue.
Obviously, there's something going on here but I'm not convinced Besson knows what it is.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Always stylish and occasionally thrilling and never thoughtful.
USA Today
Disappointing. [6 Mar 1991, Life, p.9D]
Parillaud is expressive but rather mundane. She's best at playing sullen, but there are so many French actresses who specialize in this particular talent -- the French have mastered the apathetic pout -- that she seems generic.
San Francisco Chronicle
The picture, for all its slickness and style, is empty, empty-headed and emotionally false… [It] has no more depth than "Pretty Woman" and occupies the same moral landscape. [5 Apr 1991, Daily Datebook, p.E11]
[Parillaud] remains a totally uninteresting figment of Besson's blinkered movieland imagination, especially when she's in the company of Karyo and Anglade, who provide balance to her overacting.
Chicago Reader
The talentless but irrepressibly trendy Luc Besson ("Subway," "The Big Blue") dreamed up this idiotic story that seems vaguely inspired by Kubrick's (not Anthony Burgess's) "A Clockwork Orange."

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