Don't let the title fool you: 'From Paris With Love' is not some romantic City of Lights romp.

In the latest shoot 'em up flick from director Pierre Morel ('Taken'), a bald, goateed John Travolta plays Charlie Wax, a maverick spy with a wicked trigger finger who gladly hunts down terrorists. This time, a U.S. ambassador's uptight lackey (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) tags along for the ride.

But, really, who cares about plot when there are shootouts to be had? While the reviews make it clear that 'From Paris' is not destined to hang alongside the Louvre's masterworks, a couple critics found the film's bloody action and a delightfully over-the-top Travolta enough to save it from the Euro trash bin. Read the reviews, and then let us know what you think. Don't let the title fool you: 'From Paris With Love' is not some romantic City of Lights romp.

In the latest shoot 'em up flick from director Pierre Morel ('Taken'), a bald, goateed John Travolta plays Charlie Wax, a maverick spy with a wicked trigger finger who gladly hunts down terrorists. This time, a U.S. ambassador's uptight lackey (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) tags along for the ride.

But, really, who cares about plot when there are shootouts to be had? While the reviews make it clear that 'From Paris' is not destined to hang alongside the Louvre's masterworks, a couple critics found the film's bloody action and a delightfully over-the-top Travolta enough to save it from the Euro trash bin. Read the reviews, and then let us know what you think.

New York Magazine: "Unlike most bloated modern action flicks, this is a hair over 90 minutes and goes by even more quickly. In scene after masterly scene, hordes of bad guys turn into blood-spurting pinwheels that hit the ground the instant you manage to breathe out. Exhalations become gasps of amazement."

Entertainment Weekly: "A 'fun trash' movie that's more trash than fun. Its key attraction is seeing John Travolta cackle and badass his way through the role of Charlie Wax, a rogue American spy with a shaved head, a matching goatee and beetle brows, a passion for saying ''motherf-----,'' and a tendency to blow away suspects first and not bother to ask questions later."

The Miami Herald: "'From Paris With Love' isn't anything special, and it lacks the furious energy that Liam Neeson brought to 'Taken.' But the movie is a more-than-adequate time filler before the big films of spring start to arrive, and it proves there's plenty of life left in Travolta beyond crap such as 'Wild Hogs' and 'Old Dogs.' He just needs the right director to get his mojo going."



The Hollywood Reporter
: "John Travolta lets entertainingly loose as a bald-headed, goateed, gonzo CIA agent with a short fuse in ... an otherwise unsightly heap of nonsense that keeps tripping over its own swagger."

The New York Observer: "We all know how rotten today's movies can be, but even at the bottom of the slag pit, you won't find a load of garbage any smellier than 'From Paris With Love.' ... This one is a good example of two formidable talents wallowing in C-level trash. It's a flying mess, and they seem to be making it up as they go along."

The Arizona Republic
: "As in any good spy thriller, 'Paris' has plenty intrigue, surprises, double-crosses. And, if nothing else, Travolta appears to be having a ball in a performance that starts over the top and gets broader from there. Morel unwisely switches to a more-serious tone midway through the movie, in a misguided attempt to make it appear to be weightier than it is."

The Village Voice: "Morel's action pieces-spark-showering gunfights, Travolta neutralizing an entire gang of toughs with his bare fists, a rooftop chase, a bazooka on the freeway, all generally set to chugging badass guitar-are nothing to place him in the upper echelon of action directors, but at least he brings in lobotomized entertainment at 90-odd minutes. During the February doldrums, this cannot be underestimated."
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