Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Stylish, subversive, and above all fun, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds director Matthew Vaughn sending up the spy genre with gleeful abandon.


Movie Info

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. (c) Fox

Rating: R (for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 9, 2015
Box Office: $128.3M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast


as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin

as Harry Hart

as Professor Arnold

as Richmond Valentine

as Lancelot

as Michelle Unwin

as Church Leader

as Little Eggsy

as Big Goon
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Critic Reviews for Kingsman: The Secret Service

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (41)

Good show, lads.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

If ever there was a semi-entertaining movie that sabotages itself with tastelessness and misogyny, this is it.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

Once the machine fully kicks into gear, the final third is a rebellious, freewheeling delight.

Full Review… | August 17, 2015
GQ Magazine [UK]

Kingsman: The Secret Service is puerile entertainment done with great energy and technical skill. A little more conscientiousness would have served this movie well, though.

Full Review… | August 17, 2015
Fort Worth Weekly

Newcomer juvenile lead Taron Egerton -- handsome, bright, Welsh -- has promise. He should be moved in the direction of a good movie.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
Financial Times

Kingsman: The Secret Service may lack the sophistication of its peers, but damned if it doesn't know how to have a good time.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kingsman: The Secret Service

½

Colin Firth is so jaw-droppingly badass. Who knew?! His urbane ass-kicker is the epitome of suave righteousness: "Are we going to stand around here all day, or are we going to fight?" So good! The rest of the cast does a bang-up job too. Newcomer Taron Egerton, as apprentice spy Eggsy, is all baby-faced Brit swagger, and chrome-domed Mark Strong, as Merlin the "handler," rocks his usual severe sagacity. Sofia Boutella, as henchwoman Gazelle, has diamond-sharp blade-legs, and boy does she know how to use them, but I would have liked to see how original choice Amy Purdy, DWTS runner up and real-life double amputee, would have fared in the part. I'm not usually a fan of Samuel L. Jackson because he always seems to play himself, but Valentine, the squeamish shock god, seems to have been a fun role to sink his teeth into. I also dug debonair Jack Davenport in his short fight cameo.

The brilliant Parkour-inspired fight choreography is gracefully violent yet not overly gory (unlike Matthew Vaughn's freshman blood-fest "Kick-Ass"), and the cinematography captures it all in frame instead of the "gritty" close-ups where you can't see a damn thing (unlike in a lot of comic book/superhero movies). The costume and prop design is also impeccably cool with clever weapons and gadgetry.

I do have a couple of gripes though. I wasn't really sold on the Kingsman's training gauntlet. They claim to throw these candidates in without safety nets, but there are safety nets everywhere! *Spoilers* The candidate who drowns is merely a plant; nobody is actually asked to jump out of the plane without a parachute; the train doesn't actually run over a yellowbelly traitor; and of course the dogs don't die! Where are the stakes then?

Roxy's easy victory of having the "balls" to shoot her dog rings as a cheap ploy to welcome the first female Kingsman. All she does is blindly follow orders. I thought the final test would be about critical thinking and Eggsy would get credit for disobeying baseless orders and showing that he will protect the living being he reared - the same protection that the other Kingsmen show to their brethren. Loyalty was already proven several times with the bug and the train stunt; independently choosing to flout higher orders for the sake of fraternal ethics is a harder task. Eggsy has more balls than Roxy in daring to turn the gun on Arthur. And even though Roxy wins Lancelot's coveted spot, Eggsy is bespoken for before she is! I was hoping to see what the costume department would cook up for the Kingswoman suit. Pants certainly because the suits are bulletproof, right?...

I also wasn't amused by the naughty send-up to the rear-entry sexcapades in Bond films. A great deal of time is spent on Eggsy and Roxy forming a warm, if obvious, camaraderie, but after Eggsy works up a healthy appetite for destruction, he must then satisfy his carnal needs with a horny rando princess? It was cheaply cheeky (heh) in a way the movie wasn't before, though I guess Eggsy getting it on with his one girl friend in a tawdry one-night-stand would have been more demeaning.

Despite the somewhat gauche filling (heh) of the gender diversity quota, the movie as a whole is awesome, and Taron Egerton's spectrum of tough, irreverent, sweet, raw facial expressions is surely one to watch.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

Kingsman is the smart 80's Bond parody, barebones, style-over-substance approach to action filmmaking you always wanted but never would have asked for.

The script is fun and exceedingly clever, visually speaking it's tremendously well directed. With a cast like Firth, Caine and Jackson actually taking their ridiculous roles seriously their's an interesting degree of professionalism in the air juxtaposing the nonsense on screen.

However, Egerton lacks the charisma and screen presence of Firth and once the film shifts focus onto him he simply doesn't carry the legacy or weight of the story.

It's popcorn entertainment at its best, and truly is a movie to simply be enjoyed.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

½

Takes a good idea and a good cast and ruins it with a vicious spirit and an overextended running time.

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jay nixon

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