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Kingsman: The Secret Service Reviews

July 13, 2015
Good show, lads.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 13, 2015
If ever there was a semi-entertaining movie that sabotages itself with tastelessness and misogyny, this is it.
February 26, 2015
On Day One of filming, they must have thrown away the moral compass and taken a group vow to splatter our sensibilities with stylish, gratuitous violence and one "Wait, what?!" moment after another.
Read More | Original Score: 4.0
February 20, 2015
Any sense of triumph is purely at the level of stuntcraft. The rest feels less than the sum of the moving parts.
February 20, 2015
Camping it up, Jackson is hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 16, 2015
The set pieces manage to be both bold and old. A bloody shoot-out set in a Kentucky church, however, is just cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 13, 2015
Frequently reactionary, bordering on retrograde, bordering on reprobate. But it's also a tremendous amount of fun.
February 13, 2015
Based on a comic book, Kingsman occasionally betrays its roots but Vaughn has adapted it to fit his unique approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2015
It sounds fun in theory, I guess, and there are some entertaining moments of rude irreverence here and there but the giddiness gets a bit tedious after a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 13, 2015
Kingsman is not a film for gentlemen. It's for us, the great unwashed, bloodthirsty audience. It's an immaculately engineered, laugh-out-loud appeal to our own depravity.
February 13, 2015
It relishes low-class ugliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 13, 2015
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a lively, dashing and amusing motion picture that smartly spoofs and slyly celebrates the James Bond spy-film franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2015
The film tries so hard to be a clever, deconstructive meta-tale, forever winking at the audience about its silly story, that it metas itself into insignificance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2015
It's not necessarily trying to reinvent Bond, so much as reminding us that there are other games in town. And they can be just as enjoyable to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2015
The problem is that Mr. Vaughn has no interest in, or perhaps understanding of, violence as a cinematic tool. He doesn't use violence; he squanders it.
February 12, 2015
Ultimately, there's little to care about in Kingsman, a spy film that's all dressed up with no place to go.
| Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2015
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" is a youth-quaking riff bursting with affection for vintage 007 action and urbanity, yet one that feels wholly organic in the way it goes about selling this appreciation to a younger crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2015
If you can forgive the failings for at least some of the two-plus-hour running time, "Kingsman" serves up its share of entertaining froth.
Top Critic
February 12, 2015
Kingsman ... keeps finding new ways to surprise with well-trodden territory.
February 12, 2015
Vaughn packs the frames with eye-popping detail, and there's an infectious creative energy to his violent action sequences, but the film's hatefulness is hard to stomach.
February 12, 2015
There's enough action, suspense and all-around fun to make Kingsman: The Secret Service an unexpectedly enjoyable ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2015
The less you try to make sense of "Kingsman: The Secret Service," the more you'll enjoy this freewheeling, preposterously violent action comedy from the creators of "Kick-Ass."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2015
This absurdist mashup of spy-movie genres-especially those with gentleman spies-points up the frenzied pace of change with a frenzy of its own, then runs low on comic resources in the process.
February 12, 2015
Like the rookie who knows that you have to make a few mistakes while following the master, the movie shrugs off its missteps with a wink and a smile that makes them easy to forgive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2015
The mix of comedy and corpses in "Kingsman" becomes callous and clueless - in addition to seeming about 50 years behind the times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2015
Things go from far-fetched to insane before it's over, and Vaughn wisely keeps the pace at a healthy clip. But never underestimate his power to floor you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2015
"Kingsman" is like a high-speed collision between a Jaguar and a jaywalking soccer hooligan. It's ridiculously out of balance, and when you're stuck in the middle, it doesn't seem so funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 12, 2015
Its blend of breathless action with Brit irreverence is like James Bond skipping the martinis and lacing a proper cup of tea with crack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2015
Simultaneous spoof, homage, one-upping, and debasement of James Bond, delivered with gory, self-conscious glee by the inimitable Matthew Vaughn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2015
I will say this: "Kingsman" has some nerve, however misguided.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 12, 2015
Slick entertainment, provided the viewer turns off whatever part of their brain is responsible for recognizing and parsing subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 12, 2015
A cleverly constructed homage to the Bond pictures, particularly the early ones starring Sean Connery, before everything got so deadly serious in the Daniel Craig era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2015
Caught between straight-up James Bond and the Austin Powers parody version, Kingsman is a high-octane combo of action and comedy that breathes surreal new life into the big-screen spy game where Bond meets Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2015
The violence flies repellently over the top, and the finale features an extended joke so insanely sexist it sends us out on a seriously sour note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2015
Borrows the tone, story, characters and humor of "Kick-Ass," only this time in a 007 world instead of Batman's. Nearly everything it does, it does poorly: This one is "Weak-Ass."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 11, 2015
If you're not averse to ridiculous violence and un-PC irreverence, your money will be well spent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
February 11, 2015
Expensive, derivative and boring as mattress ticking masquerading as designer fabric ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 11, 2015
Pure fanboy ecstasy- a muscle-flexing spectacle of cartoon violence and cheeky attitude, which announces its cleverness at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 10, 2015
Everything in Kingsman is familiar, cribbed from James Bond and a thousand other sources, yet every setup gets twisted twice, and then once more, just when you think you're ahead of it.
February 9, 2015
Countless viewers will relish the brazen zest of its invention.
January 30, 2015
To accuse the director of glorifying violence ... would be to miss the point: what fascinates him isn't strength but the porous border between righteous anger and pathology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2015
[Vaughan's] latest picture, a genre mash-up that sends the Sixties-era Bond-style gentleman spy on a collision course with the supporting cast of Kidulthood, is his most gratuitous slaughterfest yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 29, 2015
It is a film forever demanding to be congratulated on how "stylish" it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 29, 2015
Matthew Vaughn is the anti-national treasure British cinema has been crying out for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2015
'Kingsman' is undoubtedly worth the ticket price. Just try not to think too much...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 16, 2015
Kingsman is a hugely enjoyable, super-styled, ultra-violent fantasia, pushing all those starchy, toff values that underlie Bond into absurdity but then making them work all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 30, 2014
This movie is so alive that few will roll their eyes at the message - one that says a true gentleman's virtue comes from within, and not their accent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2014
Firth enters new territory with style and grace, anchoring a smart, high-energy movie that eventually runs out of steam.
December 27, 2014
Whether it's "Alex Rider," "Agent Cody Banks" or "Spy Kids," plenty have tried to adapt the 007 shtick to younger characters, with demonstrably dopey results. In the end, the reason it works for Vaughn is that he's making the film for adults.
December 27, 2014
A startlingly enjoyable and well-made action film leavened by humor and slicked along by style, made by, for, and about people who've seen far too many Bond films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5