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Quantum of Solace Reviews

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

November 17, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Quantum of Solace prompts the question: Is revenge the only possible motive for large-scale movie heroism these days?

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 14, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Quantum of Solace is a model of mediocrity, even though Daniel Craig gives his all to a production that doesn't deserve him.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 14, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The Quantum of Solace filmmakers have produced a super-serious, often visually incoherent travelogue of revenge and trumped-up angst.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 14, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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'.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 14, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 14, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This is the least satisfying production since The Living Daylights.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Quantum -- the 22d 'official' Bond picture, 24th including the rogue Bonds -- is never less than engaging.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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In the end it's all too fast and too furious -- and far too obsessed with exercising its license to thrill.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Quantum of Solace never really engages you in the mechanical but transporting way the best Bond movies do.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

November 14, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 14, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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With [this] too-shaken sequel, the Bond market experiences a dip.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

November 14, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

November 14, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Frankly, Quantum of Solace is just one exasperated dressing down away from being Lethal Weapon 9.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 14, 2008
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

November 13, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 13, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 13, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

November 13, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 13, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Quantum of Solace benefits from imaginatively conceived action sequences and from a director, Marc Forster, who knows how to film them.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 13, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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The action and eye candy may be worth the ticket price, but this Bond needs to get back to business.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 13, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The result isn't bland, but it's not exactly Bond either.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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All dressed up with no particular place to go, this 22nd Bond film tries hard but ends up an underachiever.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2008
Noah Berlatsky
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 13, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 13, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 13, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 13, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A silly spy may be laughable, but a sulking thug is just a bore.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

November 13, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 13, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 12, 2008
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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Much has been made of the absence of Bond's signature quips, but there's something else that's absent: interest.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 12, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 12, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

November 12, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 12, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

November 11, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Despite his innate intensity, Craig seems a bit... bored, maybe? Underutilized, despite appearing in nearly every frame of the film.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 10, 2008
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 10, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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If the staging were as witty as the plotting, Quantum of Solace might have been a corker like Casino Royale.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 10, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Director Marc Forster turns out to be a natural as the helmer of a high-energy, high-gloss action film.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 10, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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Mark Forester did a great job.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

November 5, 2008
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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A slightly disappointing, furiously-paced, hi-tech, slash-and-burn sequel to the more leisurely, luxurious first 'reboot', 'Casino Royale'.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2008
Derek Elley
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 24, 2008
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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[An] all-out thriller with few Bond touches but plenty of high-octane action.

October 24, 2008
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