New James Bond Spectre Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics
Columbia Pictures released their new James Bond action fllm, “Spectre” into theaters this weekend, and all the major, top movie critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that it got a mixed response from them with an overall 60 score out of a possible 100 across 47 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Andrew Scott, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes. We’ve posted comments from a couple of the critics,below.
Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a perfect 100 score, stating: “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 out to steal everyone’s personal information, we get to believe in Bond as a person.”
Stephen Whitty from the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 grade, saying: “Craig is cruelly efficient. Dave Bautista makes a good, Oddjob-like assassin. And while Lea Seydoux doesn’t leave a huge impression as this film’s “Bond girl,” perhaps it’s because we’ve already met — far too briefly — the hypnotic Monica Bellucci, as the first real “Bond woman” since Diana Rigg.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 75 grade. He stated: “This is the 24th Bond film and it ranks solidly in the middle of the all-time rankings, which means it’s still 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 who is clearly out of his mind but seems to like it that way.”
Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 grade. He stated: “For all its workmanlike devotion to out-of-control helicopters, “Spectre” works best when everyone’s on the ground, doing his or her job, driving expensive fast cars heedlessly, detonating the occasional wisecrack, enjoying themselves and their beautiful clothes.”
Guy Lodge from Variety, gave it a 70 score, stating: “What’s missing is the unexpected emotional urgency of “Skyfall,” as the film sustains its predecessor’s nostalgia kick with a less sentimental bent.”
Chris Nashawaty over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 grade, saying: “It’s possible that Skyfall created expectations that were too high for Spectre to match. But with all he’s done for the franchise, Craig deserves to go out with a bigger, smarter bang.”
Wendy Ide over at TheWrap, gave it a 65 grade, stating: “Spectre is a frustratingly unsatisfying experience.”
Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it a 63 grade. He said: “The clichéd ghosts of James Bond past haunt Spectre, an action adventure whose biggest failure is looking back on 007’s own success.”
Matt Zoller Seitz over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 63 grade, stating: “It’s filled with big sets, big stunts, and what ought to be big moments, but few of them land.”
Stephen Dalton from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 score, stating: “The first act is great, full of dark portent and bravura film-making flourishes. However, the final hour disappoints, with too many off-the-peg plot twists and too many characters conforming to type.”
Manohla Dargis from The New York Times, gave it a 50 score, saying: “There’s nothing surprising in Spectre, the 24th “official” title in the series, which is presumably as planned. Much as the perfect is the enemy of good, originality is often the enemy of the global box office.”
Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “I know the opening credits for a James Bond movie are supposed to be silly, but the start of Spectre achieves almost orgasmic levels of kitsch.”
Kenneth Turan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 40 grade, saying: “Yes, some of the individual stunts and action set pieces temporarily hold our interest…but the story itself is not convincing on its own terms, playing like a series of boxes (Bond asking for a martini shaken not stirred) that need to be checked off and forgotten.”
Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, gave it a 38 grade, stating: “A license to kill is also a license to not kill,” M lectures his new boss in the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. Well, it’s not a license to bore as much as this bloated drag manages to do.”
Ann Hornaday over at the Washington Post, gave it a 37 score, stating: “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.”
Finally, Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a lousy 30 grade, stating: “Perhaps some of the goofiness was intentional — you can’t always tell from this production’s wavering tone — but Spectre is full of not-good things, and some oppressively bad things that may come to feel like drill bits twirling in your skull.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite TV show stuff, and more by Clicking Here.