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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

Teen spy hero makes leap from book to screen.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2011
Richard James Havis
Film Journal International

A moderately enjoyable affair which only drags in the middle.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An entertaining popcorn movie featuring a veritable who's who of game British actors (and a trio of equally game American performers) who keep the proceedings lively even with a too-predictable plot.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2006
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

click to read full review in Greek

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 21, 2006
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

Stormbreaker plays with, well, not complete authenticity, but more-than-expected authenticity.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2006
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com

The secret agent actioner Stormbreaker is definitely more James Bond for tweens than Nickelodeon fluff like Agent Cody Banks. Maybe it has something to do with the British accents.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 14, 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
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
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
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
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

USA Today
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Though the film is not terribly original ... the action scenes are diverting, the veteran cast is amusing and the engaging Pettyfer makes a solid debut.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2006
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Who knew that the world was clamoring for another spy kid movie at this very moment? If we have to have one, it should be as cheeky and nonsensical as Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker.

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

October 12, 2006
Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
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It's better than some James Bond movies -- no matter what your age.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2006
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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With all the charm of the early James Bond movies and all the heart-stopping chase scenes of the contemporary spy series ... Alex Rider heaves into view as a reluctant, but thrilling young spy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 6, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Sporting all the elements of a pre and early teens action adventure for the modern age (Biggles on steroids?), Stormbreaker uses Hollywood style filmmaking with British eccentricity to fun effect.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 2, 2006
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire

If in 20 or 30 years, Daniel Craig has retired from playing Ian Fleming's stalwart secret agent, the series' producers need look no further than Alex Pettyfer for their new man.

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September 2, 2006
Neil Smith
BBC.com

[At its best,] Stormbreaker gets the balance right, managing to be both playfully humorous and genuinely exciting.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2006

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 28, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Sydney Morning Herald
September 22, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 22, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 22, 2006
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