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      La Femme Nikita

      R Now Playing 1 hr. 57 min. Mystery & Thriller Action List
      89% 46 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score Convicted felon Nikita (Anne Parillaud), instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained to be a secret police assassin controlled by the government. Her lonely life is warmed when she falls in love with a man who knows nothing of her mysterious life. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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

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      Aender S Nice film with good cinematography. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/17/24 Full Review Alec B It moves clumsily between the more straightforward thriller material and the melodrama but the movie remains visually iconic. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Scott M Engaging thriller that I lost interest in when she gets a boyfriend. I don't think the director knew how to handle the relationship aspect of the movie. Or maybe it was the actors. Should've been a shorter movie by about 30 minutes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/03/23 Full Review Wayne K The first time I heard of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita was when reading about the next feature film he directed, Leon, also known as The Professional, which just so happens to be one of my favourite films of all time. Jean Reno makes a cameo in Nikita as Viktor, a ruthless cleaner, a character that would be reworked, fleshed out and made into the lead of The Professional. It was interesting, therefore, to go back to this film and see not only the origins of the character, but also the story that would somewhat inspire that films story and tone. La Femme Nikita feels like a prototype for Leon, a first draft lacking refinement and clarity. Part of it feel like a radical music video, the kind that propelled MTV to huge success in the early 90s. Speaking of MTV, the musical score and the songs used on the soundtrack often feel very out of place, not suiting the action on screen and making it feel like the soundtrack was put together for a different film entirely. The best element of the film is the arc our heroine goes on, from deadbeat junkie criminal to hardened assassin who's still clinging onto her humanity. The ending of the movie is very confusing, as a job that I didn't real understand went sour and necessitated bringing in the aforementioned Viktor to sort things out. I liked the ending, an example of a film leaving things ambiguous rather than just stopping abruptly. I'll always appreciate it for being partly responsible for one of my favourite on-screen characters of all time, and the film does have enjoyable and even emotional moments. But given the choice, I'll take Leon over this any day. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/08/23 Full Review Dick C It's a motion picture, La Femme Nikita, 1990, different from Hollywood films, with great success... A famous Director-Screenwriter, Luc Besson is with an excellent actress, Anne Parillaud who is his wife... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/06/23 Full Review dave s With La Femme Nikita, it feels like director Luc Besson was testing the waters, both thematically and stylistically, for Leon: The Professional, Besson's similar but far superior action movie from four years later. In La Femme Nikita, a film about the powers of transformation, Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is a violent drug addict, convicted of killing a police officer in a botched robbery attempt. In lieu of a life sentence, she covertly agrees to be trained as an assassin for the government, a stealthy killing machine who becomes enmeshed in international affairs. Filled with vibrant colors, stylish direction, and plenty of violent action, it is an entertaining thriller from start to finish, providing you can turn a deaf ear to the incredibly annoying music score, which tends to be more distracting than it should be. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: B Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Kathleen Maher Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Desson Thomson Washington Post If Luc Besson's latest goes into absurd overdrive, it does so with entertaining finesse. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) This elegant sanguine spiral is tremendously fun. [Full review in Spanish] Aug 3, 2023 Full Review Peter Sobczynski The Spool A super-stylish and exciting work from writer-producer-director Luc Besson. Mar 19, 2021 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk Nikita starts out as a callous sociopath, raging violently against the world, but she learns to get in touch with her emotions while being trained to become an unfeeling assassin. Nov 24, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Convicted felon Nikita (Anne Parillaud), instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained to be a secret police assassin controlled by the government. Her lonely life is warmed when she falls in love with a man who knows nothing of her mysterious life.
      Luc Besson
      Executive Producer
      Claude Besson, Jérôme Chalou
      Luc Besson
      Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Production Co
      Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinema
      Mystery & Thriller, Action
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 1, 1991, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 1, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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