- Natalie Portman is an acting all-star, even at the age of 13 she is incredible
- Strong emotional connection between a middle-aged hit-man and a young, orphaned girl
- Gary Oldman as a complete lunatic, one of his best roles of his career
- Start with the sniper, end with a knife
- Very little special effects
- Sad to see a little girl put through so much and turn to a hitman for love and care
- Compelling 3rd act, things get wild and exciting when they try to get the hitman out of his tiny, little apartment
- Cute/funny scenes of the two playing together and building their relationship
- Leon is one of the greatest assassins in movie history, not some jacked karate master, just a normal looking man with skills and emotion
- Great soundtrack, nice and 'cold'
- Matilda's chaotic mentality and constantly wanting to be a 'cleaner'
- Director has a great sense of style, this is Luc Besson's best film
- Some might find it a tad too slow in the 2nd act (where all the character development takes place)
- Why would his boss rat him out?
1994 was a strong year for movies (Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption), this movie, however, is the best of 1994. Stylish, emotional, action-packed, creepy, Leon: The Professional is a very well rounded movie. The connection between the hitman and Matilda rings true and the action is realistic and exciting. Not to mention a phenomenal performance from Gary Oldman as the drug addict, DEA boss.