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La Femme Nikita Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Disappointing. [6 Mar 1991, Life, p.9D]

  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly

    It's like "The Terminator" as reimagined by the editors of French Vogue.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Besson is an accomplished technician, and his choice of shots-with an emphasis on bizarre, low angles, darting camera movements and large, abstract color fields-is consistently entertaining if not particularly expressive. [3 Apr 1991, Tempo, p.3]

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Surprisingly touching.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Beware Nikita. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is about a trained government assassin. As such, it includes several assassinations, close-range shootings, fights, and other violence. The film also includes two relationships: One is the problematic relationship between Nikita and her trainer Bob, the other is a sweet romance between Nikita and Marco. The film raises troubling questions about the ethics of governmental agencies.

  • Families can talk about the gender implications of Nikita's character. According to her training, being graceful and pretty is considered integral to her new role as an assassin. Why would this be the case with a female assassin versus a male one? What aspects of the romantic tension between Nikita and Bob might seem problematic? Nikita's relationship with Marco ultimately enables her to escape her duties to the state. How might this contradict the independent nature of her character?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Several shootings and murders. Nikita stabs one of her captors in the hand with an ink pen.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Swearing occurs throughout the film.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue