Parents' Guide to

The Professional (Leon)

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Action thriller has violence against kids, strong language.

Movie R 1994 110 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 12+

sex scene

the dad of the girl (matilda) touches his girlfriend 's breast, and in the next scene matilda sees his dad about to have sex with her in the bathroom , no nudity shown.

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 2+


It shows a mans love for an orphaned girl, and it tells everyone that no ones perfect.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (20):

Luc Besson's super-stylish action movie is a cool and bloody update of the bad man with a heart of gold story. Sad-eyed Reno is Leon, the milk guzzling lone gunman and THE PROFESSIONAL, who takes Portman's 12-year-old Mathilda under his wing when her family is killed. What follows is an Amelie-style magical realist action picture, albeit with lashings of stylized violence in a movie land version of New York.

Besson draws from the carefree French New Wave and the no-nonsense approach of '80s and '90s American B movies for a tight and direct ride. It's smart, confident, and convincing filmmaking. The same praise can be said of the cast. As Mathilda, Portman's performance -- her debut role -- defies her young years as a character for which there was no previous template. Young killers-in-training are rarely the types of characters to root for. But set against the deliciously detestable corrupt drug enforcement agent, Stanfield (Gary Oldman), you can't help but be on the side of Leon and his young apprentice, who as a double act form one of cinema's most unforgettable and unique anti-hero duos.

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