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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tries to distract from an unremarkable story with charismatic stars and fizzy set pieces, adding up to an uneven action thriller with just enough style to overcome its lack of substance.

Movie Info

Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" also stars Alicia Vikander ("Anna Karenina"), Elizabeth Debicki ("The Great Gatsby"), with Jared Harris ("Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows"), and Hugh Grant as Waverly. The screenplay was written by Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, who previously collaborated on re-imagining the classic detective Sherlock Holmes in two hit films. The story is by Jeff Kleeman & David Campbell Wilson and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, based on the television series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." John Davis ("Chronicle"), Steve Clark-Hall ("RocknRolla," the "Sherlock Holmes" films), Wigram and Ritchie produced the film, with David Dobkin serving as executive producer. Ritchie's behind-the-scenes creative team included two-time Oscar (R)-nominated director of photography John Mathieson ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Gladiator"), production designer Oliver Scholl ("Jumper," "Edge of Tomorrow"), editor James Herbert (the "Sherlock Holmes" films, "Edge of Tomorrow"), and Oscar (R)-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston ("Lincoln"). The music is composed by Daniel Pemberton ("The Counselor").(c) Warner Brosmore
Rating: PG-13 (for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 2015
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Henry Cavill
as Napoleon Solo
Armie Hammer
as Illya Kuryakin
Alicia Vikander
as Gaby Teller
Hugh Grant
as Waverly
Jared Harris
as Sanders
Elizabeth Debicki
as Victoria Vinciguerra
Luca Calvani
as Alexander
Sylvester Groth
as Uncle Rudi
Guy Williams
as Captain Smith
Andrea Cagliesi
as Fishing Captain
Pablo Scola
as Harbourmaster
Francesco De Vito
as Night Manager
Luca Della Valle
as Security Guard
Luca DellaValle
as Security Guard
David Beckham
as Projectionist
Alessandro Ananasso
as Italian Guard
Joana Metrass
as Victoria's Assistant
Gabriel Farnese
as Italian Playboy 1
Elbio Bonsaglio
as Italian Playboy 2
Michael J. Peluso
as Italian Playboy 3
Alan Turkington
as Lead Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

All Critics (213) | Top Critics (36)

The main problem with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is its tone. We can't take this stuff seriously, yet Ritchie misses all sorts of opportunities to make the movie fun. The result isn't particularly satisfying as either adventure or comedy.

Full Review… | November 19, 2015
Kansas City Star

Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a massive disappointment that flat-out ignores the television show on which is was supposed to be based, replacing the fun and camp of the original with a generic and lazily-written actioner.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015

It's partly second-rate Bond and partly second-rate Mission Impossible: something to fill the time during the long months before the fall movie season.

Full Review… | November 12, 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E has some flaws, a dash of predictability and some questionable plot turns; but everyone involved brims with how much they're having.

Full Review… | October 25, 2015
Graffiti With Punctuation

Adopting a deliciously groovy vibe, Guy Ritchie turns the iconic 1960s TV spy series into a flashy action-comedy.

Full Review… | October 9, 2015

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer trade in the same kind of faux-clever one-upsmanship that Holmes and Watson do, with similarly weak dialogue but barely a quarter of the charm.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015

Audience Reviews for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.


A jaunty joy ride that seeps with Guy Ritchie ooze, it's stylish through and through, even when the narrative doesn't hold up.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer


Guy Ritchie tries to emulate nineteen-sixties eye-popping aesthetics from people like Ken Russell, Mario Bava, Roger Vadim, Norman Jewison, Sergio Leone, Jean Luc Godard, and obviously the hit TV show and the Bond Franchise. His dedication in that department shows, but what compromises the rest is a bland and unoriginal Moonraker like plot. Nevertheless, it's funny and stylish enough to worth the price of admission. Henry Cavill is a bit too mannequin to inspire charm, while Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander share some of the best moments.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. takes a trip to the past with style.

Laying it on for a 110 minutes the combination of action and comedy blends well into a spy thriller with a nicely told story and amusing characters. The plot details do spring on surprises from time to time, but ultimately, things never get too difficult to follow or comprehend.

The action never blows it out of the water and the comedy never generates tummy aching laughter; however, they appear in appropriate quantities and in seemingly appropriate times.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer contrast each other nicely, with characters that don't blend well together at first glance. Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki are strong female leads to stay on top with the likes of Cavill and Hammer.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E excels from the story to the set pieces and the characters. Recommendable.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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