Critics Consensus: Quantum of Solace is Certified Fresh

It may be a cut below Casino Royale, but the latest Bond flick still shines.

This week at the movies, we've got a brand new dose of Bond... James Bond. Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster and starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, is the only wide release hitting theaters; will it leave critics shaken and stirred?

First, the bad news: critics say Quantum of Solace doesn't match the previous Bond outing, Casino Royale, in terms of visceral thrills of emotional depth. The good news? It's still a pretty excellent action picture. Daniel Craig is back as 007, still devastated by the death of Vesper Lynd, the love of his life. But there's work to be done: namely, the sinister Quantum organization has hatched a plot to destabilize governments in South America. Along his globetrotting mission, Bond comes across Camilla Montes (Olga Kurylenko), who's looking for a little revenge of her own. The pundits say that anyone expecting the focused brilliance of Casino Royale will be disappointed; Quantum of Solace is more of a standard action film, with less of the dark psychology and sharp plotting of its predecessor. However, they also note it still delivers some pretty remarkable stunts and set pieces, and Craig fully embodies the role, creating a new kind of Bond in the process. At 69 percent, Quantum of Solace is Certified Fresh. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we rank every Bond film by Tomatometer. For all of Rotten Tomatoes's 007 coverage, go to Quantum of Solace Headquarters here.)

"Oh no... What's Honey Ryder doing here?"

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Danny Boyle's latest, Slumdog Millionaire, about an orphan who earns praise and distrust after a remarkable performance on an Indian game show, is at 92 percent

  • A Christmas Tale, a black comedy about a family's deeply strained yuletide celebration starring Catherine Deneuve and Quantum of Solace villain Mathieu Amalric, is at 92 percent.

  • The Dukes, a caper comedy starring Chazz Palminteri and Robert Davi as a pair of doo-wop singers who attempt to steal gold from a dental lab, is at 89 percent.

  • How About You, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Imelda Staunton in a dramedy about a young woman who's put in charge of a senior home over the holiday season, is at 73 percent.

  • Eden, a drama about a married couple's strained relationship and its effect on their social circle, is at 56 percent.

  • The German import House of the Sleeping Beauties, about an elderly man who learns about an establishment full of beautiful, slumbering young women, is at 50 percent.

  • Beautiful Truth, a docu-drama about a man's search for alternatives in cancer treatment, is at 50 percent.

  • We are Wizards, a documentary about the creative endeavors of Harry Potter fans, is at 33 percent.

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Comments

DarthWonka

Jesse Rodgers

I like cheese.

Nov 13 - 04:30 PM

chasetinnell

chase tinnell

Not sure if im going to like quantum if the critics are right. What i loved about royale was the non action scenes, so lets cross our fingers.

Nov 13 - 04:45 PM

DeathoftheEndless7

kevin strawn

...not as good as Casino Royale. (according to critics)

Nov 13 - 05:11 PM

vitajex

Mike M

Wait a minute! There's a new Bond movie?

How come I didn't see ads for this anywhere?

Nov 13 - 05:20 PM

lestatthevampire

Tyler D

Whose James Bond?

Nov 13 - 05:24 PM

AlienSeed

Jeff Kohorst

"pretty remarkable stunts"...I suppose there were some, too bad I couldn't see any of them. The editting during the action scenes is so choppy and manic with the cameras way to close to everything, it looks worse than the action in Batman Begins and Transformers combined. I don't even know whether or not I liked the story as I was too occupied just trying to figure out visually what was happening. I don't think a single shot during the fights and chases lasted for more than half a second before we were looking at something else...kinda like a really long movie trailer on fast forward....not a worthy follow-up to the brilliant Casino Royale.

Nov 13 - 06:07 PM

Cosmin I.

adsa adds

I'm gonna go see this secret agent freshness tomorrow night, regardless of reviews...kinda worried about the quality of the action sequences on this one. But hopefully i'll be proved wrong...

Nov 13 - 06:33 PM

Random_Jake

Joshua Mills

AlienSeed: You don't put Batman Begins and Transformers in the same sentence. It's just not done. One is a very good movie with actual plot and good action while the other is stupid un-fun idiocy.
As in Batman Begins = Epicness. Transformers = 2 hours of my life wasted.

As for James. Whatever. Looks like it might be decent.

Nov 13 - 08:49 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Random Jake, I feel as if I said this before but Transformers is great. Deal with it. And don't whatever James!

Nov 13 - 09:03 PM

scriptdoctor

script doctor

AlienSeed: when it comes out on DVD, try watching the movie at 1/2 speed. Seriously, stick to Merchant/Ivory productions, there's not a lot of fast action or editing in those.

Nov 13 - 11:51 PM

Boyo

Raymond Hopkin

Phooey to the critics - Quantum was awesome!

Nov 14 - 08:53 PM

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