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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If there's a pressing need for a teen version of James Bond-style spy tales, it's not apparent: Twelve-year-olds are already watching the real thing.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A pointless junior version of James Bond minus the budget (and the suaveness).

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 13, 2006
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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With so much talent involved with this film, the finished product seems like a waste.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 13, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Just when you start to get caught up in the action, one of the supporting actors shows up, mugging and breaking the tension.

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

October 13, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This lame teenage James Bond will leave audiences neither shaken nor stirred.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

October 13, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It's one thing to imagine ordering a shaken martini; it's another to be handed a Shirley Temple.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Even fantasies need a nod or a wink to assure viewers, 'Yes, it's ludicrous -- but isn't it fun?'

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Geoffrey Sax's filmmaking holds few surprises -- Whiz! Bang! Boom! Ha ha ha! -- but it's swift and competent.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online

Director Sax is unable to generate much tension in the action scenes, even rendering a nice bit of Donnie Yen martial arts choreography incomprehensible.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C-

October 13, 2006
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

Stormbreaker isn't a sour film, but it doesn't have a pulse; limping through extended action beats with cookie-cutter authority and often horrific direction.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D+

October 12, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

If Pettyfer approached the material as a teenage James Bond movie, the actors playing the villains approached Stormbreaker as a teenage Austin Powers movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2006
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

It's more like Operation Snoozemaker.

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 1/4

October 12, 2006
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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The film is forever trying to balance between being for younger teenagers and keeping their parents occupied as well, and never quite gets it right.

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

October 12, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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James Bond returns in Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, disguised as a 14-year-old boy involved in a mission so outrageously top secret that even the producers of the movie deny his true identity.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 12, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Perhaps as a publishing phenomenon the concept works, but on-screen it's pretty dull, with good actors in bad roles and bad special effects.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 12, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Taken for what it is -- 'tweenage escapism -- Stormbreaker is moderately fun.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2006
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

I think older kids will like its uptempo blend of action and camp.

October 12, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Unlike many movies aimed at this demographic, Stormbreaker gives young audiences credit for taste and wit.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2006
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

There's a lot of chasing around and some cool stunts, but it has a flat, draggy feel to it, some creepy moments of oddly insensitive interactions, and no sense of genuine enthusiasm or adventure.

| Original Score: C

October 12, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Ambitious and enjoyably silly teen thriller.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2006
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