Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 13, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
October 13, 2006

A pointless junior version of James Bond minus the budget (and the suaveness).

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
October 13, 2006

With so much talent involved with this film, the finished product seems like a waste.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
October 13, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
October 13, 2006

This lame teenage James Bond will leave audiences neither shaken nor stirred.

| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic
October 13, 2006

It's one thing to imagine ordering a shaken martini; it's another to be handed a Shirley Temple.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
October 13, 2006

Even fantasies need a nod or a wink to assure viewers, 'Yes, it's ludicrous -- but isn't it fun?'

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
October 13, 2006

Geoffrey Sax's filmmaking holds few surprises -- Whiz! Bang! Boom! Ha ha ha! -- but it's swift and competent.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
October 13, 2006

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 | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
October 12, 2006

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 | Original Score: D+
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 12, 2006

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
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
October 12, 2006

It's more like Operation Snoozemaker.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
October 12, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Nathan Lee
New York Times
Top Critic
October 12, 2006

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
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
October 12, 2006

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.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
October 12, 2006

Taken for what it is -- 'tweenage escapism -- Stormbreaker is moderately fun.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
October 12, 2006

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

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

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 12, 2006

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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
October 12, 2006

Ambitious and enjoyably silly teen thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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