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Spectre Reviews

November 9, 2015
Spectre is sloppier than other recent Bonds, but it also feels like it's exhausted the idea that fueled the franchise's relaunch -- darker and more realistic can only last so long when it's paired with a rotating cast of Bond girls and supervillains.
November 9, 2015
I regard it as a ravishing exercise in near-despair, with Bond beset by the suspicion that, were he to desist, both his character and his cause would be unmasked as a void. Killing is his living, and his proof of life.
November 7, 2015
Dazzles early and fizzles late...Bond is not Batman; he does not need an origin story.
November 6, 2015
There are signs of Bond bloat within many of the action sequences - it must be hard to trim such extravagant footage - but they are at least partly overcome by an increase in levity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 6, 2015
If one of the most successful and long-running franchises in movie history wants to keep pumping, it's once again time to change the formula.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 6, 2015
For the most part, it's efficient-enough Bond fare - overlong car chases, beautiful women in eternal danger, crazy stunts, suave cool under fire. Nice fitting suits.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 5, 2015
In the end, this solid Bond does justice to the character's long legacy while paying due diligence to what he has become under Daniel Craig's stewardship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2015
The result is fun, even if it's a mishmash, leaving you shaken, not stirred.
November 5, 2015
By the time Spectre reaches its conclusion, the backstory has become so fraught, the motives so unclear, and the layers of scheming by the villains so convoluted that it's exhausting.
Top Critic
November 5, 2015
A gorgeous and dreamlike but ultimately frustrating Bond film. I blame Mendes.
November 5, 2015
"Spectre" is a movie that wants to have fun but simply doesn't know how.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
November 5, 2015
It remains a decently robust and entertaining mid-level Bond movie - just one that's haunted by the specter of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 5, 2015
"Spectre" is full of not-good things, and some oppressively bad things that may come to feel like drill bits twirling in your skull.
November 5, 2015
It's business as usual, even if that business is pulled off with brilliant precision, ingeniously choreographed action, and an itinerary boasting some of the most photogenic spots on Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2015
This James Bond outing begins with a stunning set piece in which the hero, played by Daniel Craig, takes down a terrorist cell amid Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City.
November 5, 2015
A Bond movie is all about delivering on expectations: to enjoy it you have to be pleased rather than frustrated by its predictability. In that regard, Spectre... can be deemed a solid success
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2015
"Spectre" isn't bad - just slightly disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2015
What pulls together the story's many tentacles is the unflappable Craig, a less-is-more actor who has evolved his Bond from the "blunt instrument" of Casino Royale into the "good man" of Spectre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2015
Mendes, a cerebral director who balances action and erudition, lets us savor every conspiracy, chase and exotic locale.
November 5, 2015
We don't expect a James Bond film to be deep, but at least we should be dazzled by the seductive gloss of its surfaces. Aside from that stunning opening sequence, this installment feels overcompensating and dutiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Top Critic
November 5, 2015
We've seen it all before. Despite a plot trajectory that changes so often they seem to be making it up as they go along, everyone on and off the screen seems to be doing it by the numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2015
Shaken? Stirred? The trouble with Spectre is that it's neither. All the expected ingredients are there...but they never distill into a whole greater than the sum of their predictable parts.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
November 4, 2015
Familiarity is not without its pleasures. But Spectre is so confused and inert that Craig can't even sell the signature "Bond. James Bond" and "Shaken, not stirred" lines.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2015
Whether Craig has another Bond chapter in him, or producers are ready to move on with another actor, one thing is clear: The 007 franchise is in a much better place than when Craig first appeared as Bond in 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2015
Craig's expression is so unchanging it might as well be chiseled out of stone, and his emotionally uninvolved performance is similarly lacking in nuance.
November 4, 2015
Though the rote installment is poised to rake at the box office, it won't leave you shaken or stirred.
November 4, 2015
Craig continues his fine take on the legendary icon of books and movies. His Bond lacks the polish of Roger Moore's and Pierce Brosnan's versions, and for the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2015
Spectre is Craig's fourth Bond movie and his muscular tenure has been defined not just by his full embodiment of the character, but his overall stewardship.
November 4, 2015
Spectre isn't quite as good as the more emotional Skyfall, but it's not far behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2015
Daniel Craig's stated goal was to make Spectre "better than Skyfall." Not quite, but it's still party time for Bond fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 4, 2015
Spectre wants to operate as both a grim post-9/11 thriller and a throwback spy yarn, and it succeeds often enough. There's something audacious about positing a massive security and civil liberties threat right in the heart of central government.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 4, 2015
One of the great satisfactions of "Spectre" is that, in addition to all the stirring action, and all the timely references to a secret organization ... we get to believe in Bond as a person.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2015
Like all of Craig's turns in the tux, Spectre is a blast of bespoke escapism, full of globetrotting action and thousand-thread-count opulence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 3, 2015
Had it been the first Bond film with Craig in the title role, the reaction likely would be "wow!" This is some good stuff, way deeper than the silly Bonds. But with history behind us, it feels a little slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
November 3, 2015
For those who have been waiting patiently for Bond to stop brooding so heavily, Spectre is about as close as the Craig version of the character is probably going to get to the quipping, unflappable 007 of yore.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 3, 2015
[Mendes is] smart about pacing and rhythm and an astute judge of when to go for the joke and how to let his actors run the show, as opposed to the show -- the explosions and murders and such -- flattening the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2015
A slick, beautifully photographed, action-packed, international thriller with a number of wonderfully, ludicrously entertaining set pieces, a sprinkling of dry wit, myriad gorgeous women and a classic psycho-villain.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2015
An adrenaline rush of action, insight, drama, pathos, brutality, humility, humanity and even the occasional whisper of mischievous comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 3, 2015
It's not the best Bond you've ever seen, but on a scale of 1 to 10, it's a solid 008.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2015
A Bond film that feels caught between its roots as a mindlessly enjoyable action-franchise and its new mandate to deliver the operatic emotions and sudsy plot lines of today's superhero properties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2015
In the end, Spectre is just too much of a good thing. Though each scene is carefully wrought, there's little grace, majesty, or romance in the way the pieces are connected.
November 3, 2015
Even by the generous standards of Bond pictures, which have been graded on a curve since 1962, "Spectre" has to be considered a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2015
In a number of key scenes, "Spectre" re-creates classic moments from past Bonds. Think of them as James Bond's Greatest Hits. Think of them also as signs Mendes and his writers have run out of fresh ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2015
A Bond that, for all its grandiose production values, is little more than an anthology of previous Bonds, a palimpsest even, to be fancier about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2015
In many ways Spectre is the purest Bond experience of the Craig era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
October 22, 2015
All about the set pieces. Character development and dialogue both come in at a distant joint second place.
October 22, 2015
From its vodka martinis to its exploding buildings, the whole film is like a YouTube mash-up of sequences drawn from earlier entries in the series: it's Déjà Vu to a Kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2015
After the sombre excellence of Skyfall, Spectre tries to tweak the formula while clearly being thrown into panic at the thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 21, 2015
Digging into Bond history, returning director Sam Mendes has, against all the odds, delivered a film that at least matches, and perhaps even betters, Skyfall.
October 21, 2015
In pure action adventure terms, Spectre delivers the goods, with plenty of revved-up supercar porn and several kinetic high-speed chase sequences on road, river and snowy mountain slope.
Top Critic
October 21, 2015
A wealth of iconography - both incidental and integral - from the series' founding chapters is revived here, making "Spectre" a particular treat for 007 nerds, and a businesslike blast for everyone else.
October 21, 2015
No film series has been better at raiding its own mausoleum, and throughout Spectre, ghosts of Bond films past come gliding through the film, trailing shivers of pleasure in their wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2015
This fourth outing for Daniel Craig as James Bond is achingly cool, as sleek and powerful as the silver Aston Martin DB10 that races through the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2015
A terrifically exciting, spectacular, almost operatically delirious 007 adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2015
As an action movie, Spectre is every bit the equal of its predecessor, Skyfall. For at least half its running time, this is as good as Bond gets -- a rip-roaring and very stylishly made thriller with tremendous production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2015
A rousing, spectacular, scattershot and somewhat overextended victory lap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5