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Skyfall (2012)

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92

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 295
Fresh: 272 | Rotten: 23

Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.

92

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 4

Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. -- (C) Official Site

Mar 11, 2013

$304.4M

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January 30, 2014:
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He'll star in the thriller project, with Nicholas Kazan ("Enough") attached to write the script.
October 15, 2013:
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All Critics (295) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (272) | Rotten (23) | DVD (3)

It's been a long time since I enjoyed a Bond movie so much.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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'Quantum of Solace,' was a dour, dire letdown. This picture's a substantial bounce back, and easily the best Craig Bond picture. Emotional depth and all.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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The cool accomplishment of Skyfall, 23rd in the Broccoli franchise, is that it seems a necessary, rather than mandatory, addition to the year's popular culture.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Among the most ambitious imaginings of Bond to date: dark, supple, and punctuated with moments of unanticipated visual brilliance.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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Mendes' approach to action is classical and elegant - no manic editing and blurry unintelligible images here - but what makes the movie special is the attention he pays his actors.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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"Skyfall" is a different kind of Bond movie, one that works just fine on its own terms, but a steady diet of this might kill the franchise. One "Skyfall" is enough.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Visual elements draw from a theatrical vocabulary, such as a besorrowed M overlooking gray London at a window slashed with billions of cold tears, match-cut to wounded Bond cascading over a waterfall like a spent package.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

It's not just a terrific Bond movie; it's a terrific movie, period.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

It is not the breath of fresh air that was 2006's "Casino Royale," but it is nearly as satisfying.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Mendes has embraced the general super-ness of Bond and taken his inspiration from the best superhero flick of recent years: The Dark Knight.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

For 50 years, we've placed our stock in Bonds, but never have our investments yielded the sort of windfall 'Skyfall' delivers over two-and-a-half hours of pulsating entertainment that will leave you shaken - and stirred.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

One of the better bonds, but it isn't as good as Daniel Craig's first outing.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Solicits swoons like the best Bonds ever did, even if Bond's dangerously close to decommission.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies With Butter
Movies With Butter

A very British Bond, and also a very personal one.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

It ought to win a prize just for reconnecting with what made the franchise successful in the first place, while also repositioning the Bond films for the '10s.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Sam Mendes revitalizes the James Bond franchise with a slick and action-packed entry. Daniel Craig proves yet again why he's the best Bond yet.

February 13, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Bond traditions haven't just been updated -- they've been intelligently modified and rethought, giving us the franchise's inherent pleasures in a new package.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Skyfall proves that a long-standing series can deliver the expected fundamentals while keeping the new films fresh and unpredictable.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

One of the ten best films of 2012.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Rage Monthly
Rage Monthly

The film serves as a trip back to the beginning of the 50-year-old cinematic legend and the promise of a golden future with Craig in the role of 007.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

What propels this grisly chapter is the characters' keen sense of agency.

December 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Skyfall epitomizes what a Bond movie should be, and its director, for once, justifiably deserves much of the credit.

December 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Skyfall isn't quite a throwback to the absurd thrills of the 007 films of old, but it does inject some fun back into the franchise.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

As the saying goes, you've got to shake 22 Bond films, before the 23rd is stirred to perfection. Without a doubt, this is the best James Bond movie.

December 11, 2012 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

James Bond looks broken and weary, an embodiment of a traditional model of international spydom, the one premised on national borders, white-Western-wealthy entitlements, and excessive consumptions of alcohol, cars, and women.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Skyfall

Mendes comes in, sees what's been wrong with the franchise and boy, is he mad. He decides to reboot, screw this crap, reboot the bastard in mid-stream. Taking elements of the new and fusing them with the classic stuff he grabs the electric paddles and jumpstarts the old series, the old spy (shaken but not stirred), jumpstarts the tuxedo to life.
And he's alive ... he's aliiiive.
Jardem plays the Bond villain as openly gay (How many Bond villains are gay? "What makes you think that you're my first," says Bond) and with a malevolent joy not seen in awhile ("I KNOW I'm bad, what of it?!"), invigorating the proceedings. And the story sets in place not only Craig as the new Bond (finally, as the two films previously failed to do) but also leaves you waiting for the next entry, leaves you waiting even for a remake (Thunderball?).
Bravo.
About bloody time.
And now Cubby can rest.
April 12, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Silva: She sent you after me, knowing you're not ready, knowing you would likely die. Mommy was very bad.

Finally got around to watching Skyfall and as someone who isn't completely in the know about everything James Bond, I thought it was amazing. It's a big movie, like the previous Daniel Craig Bond films. The settings are fantastic, the cinematography beautiful, and the action scenes are about as good as you can get. Sam Mendes definitely nailed Skyfall. It helps that you've got Daniel Craig vs. Javier Bardem. 

Daniel Craig is a great Bond, but what this movie, as it does in all good action films, is the villain Silva played brilliantly by Javier Bardem. Everyone knew before this performance that the man can play a villain and pull it off with Oscar worthy work. So it's no big surprise when you see Javier Bardem completely take control of the movie within the first minute of his screen time. The guy is phenomenal.

I'm not the biggest fan of the Bond franchise. I've seen some of the older ones, mostly with Connery as Bond. I haven't really gotten the urge to go and watch all the Bond films. Maybe in time I guess. Undoubtedly though, Casino Royale made me realize that this franchise wasn't as dull as I thought, and now Skyfall has confirmed it. It will be interesting to see where the franchise goes.
February 14, 2014
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Skyfall delivers everything a Bond movie should: amazing stunts, excitingly lavish action scenes, gorgeous women, martinis, and an awesome opening theme intro/song. It even gives Bond an origin story. If you're a fan of the franchise, you can't miss it!
February 12, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

Average Bond vehicle.
December 25, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

    1. James Bond: A gun and a radio...not exactly Christmas, is it?
    2. Q: What did you expect, an exploding pen? We don't really go for that anymore.
    – Submitted by A L (10 months ago)
    1. James Bond: I want to meet your employer.
    2. Severine: Be careful what you wish for.
    – Submitted by James W (10 months ago)
    1. Silva: Do you know what it does to you? Hydrogen cyanide?
    – Submitted by Emelyn W (11 months ago)
    1. Silva: Life clung to me like a disease.
    – Submitted by Randy K (12 months ago)
    1. Doctor Hall: M
    2. James Bond: Bitch
    – Submitted by Rodrigo B (16 months ago)
    1. James Bond: What makes you think this is my first time?
    – Submitted by Sam S (16 months ago)
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