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      The Professional

      R Released Nov 18, 1994 1h 55m Mystery & Thriller Action Crime Drama TRAILER for Leon: The Professional: Trailer 1 List Transformers: Actors In Disguise Transformers: Actors In Disguise 2:11 Leon: The Professional: Trailer 1 Leon: The Professional: Trailer 1 2:28 View more videos
      74% Tomatometer 66 Reviews 95% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Léon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family's deaths. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Pivoting on the unusual relationship between seasoned hitman and his 12-year-old apprentice -- a breakout turn by young Natalie Portman -- Luc Besson's Léon is a stylish and oddly affecting thriller.

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      Ed Potton Times (UK) Luc Besson's first English-language hit is, like much of the Frenchman's work, less than subtle, yet it is stylish, disturbing and weirdly moving. Rated: 4/5 Nov 11, 2019 Full Review Peter Travers Rolling Stone Leave it to french writer-director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) to put a kinky twist on Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks. Jun 4, 2014 Full Review Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer Ultimately, like La Femme Nikita, there may be less here than meets the eye. But what does meet the eye is pretty darn thrilling. Rated: 3/4 Jun 4, 2014 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation This picture is bracing and moving, flippant and cutesy, even. Oh, and unsettling to the point of disturbing, borderline repellent. Rated: 3/4 Jun 17, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a mostly enthralling thriller that captures the viewer’s interest and attention from the word go... Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 13, 2022 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins There's a surprising amount of depth, drama, and affection for a film marketed primarily as a shoot-'em-up thriller. Rated: 10/10 Sep 14, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Highly overrated, theres just not much substance there Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/30/24 Full Review Cameron C Their relationship did weird me out a bit but it does depend on how you decide to percieve it. Bloody hell Natalie Portman was fantastic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/24/24 Full Review Rob F A huge miss by the critics for not seeing this movie for the sublime masterpiece that it is. Gary Oldman steals every scene. Natalie portman holds her own despite her age. And god I love the screenplay so much. Whoever the writer is deserved probably 50x what they were paid. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/10/24 Full Review Ozan Deniz K It's a great movie. I love everything about it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/09/24 Full Review Audience Member its good! i adore the friendship in this film though some plot points seem to be missing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/30/24 Full Review Ian R One of the best action films of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/21/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Léon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family's deaths.
      Director
      Luc Besson
      Screenwriter
      Luc Besson
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures, Columbia TriStar Home Video
      Production Co
      Gaumont, Les Films du Dauphin, Gaumont International
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Action, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 18, 1994, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $19.0M
      Runtime
      1h 55m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, SDDS, Dolby Digital
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