Quantum of Solace Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 17, 2008
It's ironic: After all these years of surviving everything that has been thrown at him, James Bond is finally being undone by his own team.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 14, 2008
Quantum of Solace prompts the question: Is revenge the only possible motive for large-scale movie heroism these days?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 14, 2008
Quantum of Solace is a model of mediocrity, even though Daniel Craig gives his all to a production that doesn't deserve him.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 14, 2008
The Quantum of Solace filmmakers have produced a super-serious, often visually incoherent travelogue of revenge and trumped-up angst.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 14, 2008
Forster, a director of upscale tearjerkers, has no feel for action sequences. The big chases, of which there are several, could all be replaced with a title card reading, 'Insert action here'.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 14, 2008
Quantum of Solace is best when director Marc Forster allows his star the latitude to explore emotions that, until Craig stepped into the shoes of the character, we didn't know Bond had.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 14, 2008
This is the least satisfying production since The Living Daylights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 14, 2008
Quantum -- the 22d 'official' Bond picture, 24th including the rogue Bonds -- is never less than engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 14, 2008
In the end it's all too fast and too furious -- and far too obsessed with exercising its license to thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 14, 2008
Revenge is a dish best served with bullets, high explosives and giant rolling flameballs. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond orders the revenge buffet, deluxe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 14, 2008
Quantum of Solace never really engages you in the mechanical but transporting way the best Bond movies do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 14, 2008
If you held up your thumb over Daniel Craig's face and took in the mayhem around him, you'd think you were watching The Bourne Simulation rather than the 22nd (and shortest-ever) ode to Ian Fleming's suave government killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 14, 2008
With [this] too-shaken sequel, the Bond market experiences a dip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 14, 2008
Mr. White ultimately leads Bond to one Mr. Slate, who in turn leads him to a Mr. Greene. That's right: The global conspiracy this time around isn't SPECTRE, but some rogue wing of the United Colors of Benetton.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
November 14, 2008
The problems can be traced to a screenplay that is stuffed with internecine plot points and shades-of-gray complexities, but little else: no character-sharpening details and none of the wit and charm that buoyed Casino Royale.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 14, 2008
Frankly, Quantum of Solace is just one exasperated dressing down away from being Lethal Weapon 9.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 13, 2008
Quantum is content merely to be the second episode in what's shaping up to be a viable series, good enough but disappointing for those expecting greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 13, 2008
Not every director is well-suited to Bondland. "There's something horribly efficient about you," Kurylenko says to Craig at one point. The same goes for the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 13, 2008
Quantum of Solace isn't frivolous or cheesy, but it isn't all that much fun either. Craig is still the right guy for the job, but for his boiling-on-the-inside performance to work, he needs more to play with.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 13, 2008
Forster is indeed a fine director, but he's hardly a specialist in action films, and it shows. He can't quite keep things moving fast enough to speed past the absurdity of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 13, 2008
There isn't much plot between the action set pieces, and precious little character development beyond Craig's and Dench's continuing evolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 13, 2008
Quantum of Solace benefits from imaginatively conceived action sequences and from a director, Marc Forster, who knows how to film them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 13, 2008
The action and eye candy may be worth the ticket price, but this Bond needs to get back to business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 13, 2008
The result isn't bland, but it's not exactly Bond either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2008
All dressed up with no particular place to go, this 22nd Bond film tries hard but ends up an underachiever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noah Berlatsky
Chicago Reader
November 13, 2008
A few years back, the easy sexism and narcissism of the James Bond series looked dated to the point of obsolescence, but Quantum of Solace proves that a revenge motive is just what's needed to rejuvenate all the Bond cliches.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 13, 2008
I repeat: James Bond is not an action hero! Leave the action to your Jason Bournes. This is a swampy old world. The deeper we sink in, the more we need James Bond to stand above it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 13, 2008
The stunts are as muscular and the film as handsome to look at as the hero who so ably pulls them off. But the story linking it all together is thin and weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
November 13, 2008
Marc Forster seems like a counterintuitive choice to direct an action spectacle. But any doubts I might have had flew out the window and splattered onto the hood of a parked car during an early, hellacious brawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 13, 2008
A silly spy may be laughable, but a sulking thug is just a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 13, 2008
The film makes such headlong leaps of motivation and locale that it would take a master spy to decipher why Bond is going where he goes and doing what he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 12, 2008
Quantum of Solace, the 22nd entry in the interminable franchise, is one of the most pointless, chaotic and forgettable of them all. It is also one of the dullest.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 12, 2008
Enjoy Quantum of Solace for what it is: a high-octane, winning installment of the Bond series that hits the ground running and never lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 12, 2008
It fairly races by, a sexy, sadistic, cruel and crackling thriller that is the shortest Bond film since Goldfinger, and certainly the most brisk.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
November 12, 2008
If nothing else, there's no need to worry about where Quantum of Solace fits in the Bond pantheon -- it's easily one of the worst.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 11, 2008
Quantum of Solace won't trust its own darker instincts. It delivers the popcorn goods, but it ignores the poison eating at Bond's insides. Killer mistake.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 10, 2008
Despite his innate intensity, Craig seems a bit... bored, maybe? Underutilized, despite appearing in nearly every frame of the film.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 10, 2008
Quantum of Solace is too savage for family entertainment, but, as a study in headlong desperation, it's easier to believe in than many more ponderous films.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 10, 2008
If the staging were as witty as the plotting, Quantum of Solace might have been a corker like Casino Royale.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 10, 2008
Director Marc Forster turns out to be a natural as the helmer of a high-energy, high-gloss action film.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
Mark Forester did a great job.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
While charm and a quick wit made Connery the best of the Bonds, it's Craig's brute force and Jackie Chan-style stunts that will come to define this latest reincarnation.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 5, 2008
I mean it as a cockeyed compliment to the reborn Bond franchise, then, when I say that Quantum of Solace is an unnecessarily cramped arena for such an interesting cat.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
October 30, 2008
A slightly disappointing, furiously-paced, hi-tech, slash-and-burn sequel to the more leisurely, luxurious first 'reboot', 'Casino Royale'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
October 24, 2008
Stripped of Royale's humor, elegance and reinvented old-school stylishness, Quantum has little left except its plot, which is rudimentary and slightly barmy, in the line of the Roger Moore pics of the '70s and '80s.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 24, 2008
[An] all-out thriller with few Bond touches but plenty of high-octane action.