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Quantum of Solace (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 244
Fresh: 157 | Rotten: 87

Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action. Not as good as franchise reboot Casino Royale, but still an impressive entry to the Bond canon.

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 29

Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action. Not as good as franchise reboot Casino Royale, but still an impressive entry to the Bond canon.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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A devastating betrayal sends James Bond from Australia to Italy and South America on a mission of vengeance that pits the suave super-spy against a powerful businessman with diabolical intentions. Betrayed by Vesper, 007 (Daniel Craig) suppresses the urge to make his latest mission personal as he teams with M (Judi Dench) to interrogate Mr. White (Jesper Christensen). It soon becomes apparent that the organization behind the blackmailing of Vesper is more powerful than Bond and M had previously

Mar 24, 2009

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It's ironic: After all these years of surviving everything that has been thrown at him, James Bond is finally being undone by his own team.

November 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
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Quantum of Solace prompts the question: Is revenge the only possible motive for large-scale movie heroism these days?

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (9)
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Quantum of Solace is a model of mediocrity, even though Daniel Craig gives his all to a production that doesn't deserve him.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (7)
Wall Street Journal
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The Quantum of Solace filmmakers have produced a super-serious, often visually incoherent travelogue of revenge and trumped-up angst.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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Forster, a director of upscale tearjerkers, has no feel for action sequences. The big chases, of which there are several, could all be replaced with a title card reading, 'Insert action here'.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Slate
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Quantum of Solace is best when director Marc Forster allows his star the latitude to explore emotions that, until Craig stepped into the shoes of the character, we didn't know Bond had.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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This time around, Bond's biggest adversaries are those behind the camera.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Never reaches the heights of Daniel Craig's first outing as 007, but it's enjoyable enough and continues the path of redeeming the franchise.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

This may not make my list of Top 5 Bond films, but it's unfair to expect that every time. But, it's one hell of an action movie, and a "satisfying enough" Bond film.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

At times, you feel you can see the character - and by proxy the writers - actually thinking, "So what now?"

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Compared to the rest of the Bond series, Quantum Of Solace is something of an aberration (especially given the unorthodox ending) so it's just as well that Craig stays on target. He is, without doubt, the best Bond thus far.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Complain about the re-invention all you want, at least it doesn't feel like Benny Hill with a gun anymore.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

This Bond -- number 22 if you're counting -- is ruthless, efficient, and tough as nails.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Turns out to be almost as bad as its title.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Comments (4)
Florida Times-Union

Quantum of Solace feels more like a competent second act than a stand-alone film.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times | Comments (2)
Washington Times

Dismal and unexciting

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (3)
CinePassion

I'm so turned off by this, I don't even have the energy to trash it. Why should I think of something clever to write? The authors clearly didn't see that as a mandate.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

... Better than the average action movie and I'm still looking forward to future installments. But it falls well short of Casino Royale's greatness.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

As an action movie, Quantum of Solace is solid, albeit nothing memorable. But this is James Bond.

April 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

If only [Bond] had a villain as self-reflective as Heath Ledger's Joker to ask 'Why so serious?'

March 31, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review | Comments (9)
DVD Review

No one wants to watch Bond chase after Osama Bin Laden and switch off his dialysis machine with a bad one liner. On second thought, maybe that would be great?

March 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Kinetofilm
Kinetofilm

Listen to my radio review and montage of Bond clips.

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: KPBS.org | Comments (3)
KPBS.org

the tougher, rougher version of Bond as incarnated by Daniel Craig is harder than ever; already a steely and unflappable man of action, he's now driven by anger and vengeance, which turns Craig's flinty blue eyes into razor-sharp ice chips and every actio

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

If it wasn't following such an excellent 21st Bond movie, it would be considered a big step forward. Instead, it'll settle for the more modest label of "another good one."

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Quantum of Solace is the most obtuse title of the year. Maybe it means kick-a** action. If so, it's a very apt title. Don't be late arriving at the theater. The pre-opening credit sequence to Quantum of Solace goes just 15 seconds before the

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comments (2)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

(...) Dominic Greene es un antagonista anodino, cuya falta de escrúpulos está puesta en palabras pero jamás se siente como una verdadera amenaza, ni para Bond ni para nadie.

January 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Audience Reviews for Quantum of Solace

After Casino Royale reset the franchise and breathed fresh life into the character of Bond, Quantum immediately follows it up with a well staged but overly familiar bullet-riddled car chase. Bond is then chased by men with foreign accents atop motorcycles/speedboats/jet fighters and jumps out of a plane without a parachute. Again. Female agents are once more demoted to dolly birds who hurtle into Bond's bed with such ferocious speed they threaten to break the sound barrier, only to instantaneously wind up in a body bag (as usual) and he battles a shadowy multinational organization with a hidden agenda but with a rather dreary nerd in command instead of a cat stroking cartoon character. The problem with Quantum Of Solace is it makes the mistake of making Bond go rogue; this always sounds good, but it never works. When he goes off on one, he just turns into a one dimensional killing machine and it removes all the moral ambiguity and grey areas that make 007 interesting. The plot is little more than chase-fight-chase-fight-chase-fight, all of the supporting characters are dispensable and irrelevant and the editing is migraine inducing; I doubt that there's a shot that lasts more than three seconds for the entire duration of the film! Instead of continuing with the new direction introduced in the previous film, QOS is very much business as usual and although it does have enough action to make it feel like a treat on a superficial level, it's pretty much all empty calories.
February 22, 2013
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A lot of what I have to say about this movie has already been said plenty, but what can you do? Marc Forster's resume proves he's a decent director, but not for something like this, especially since he's a non-action director who, with this movie made a film where action sequences fill up an overwhelming amount of the running time. While there's nothing inherently wrong with having lots of action, it didn't work here for several reasons: Bond films aren't supposed to be balls-out action movies, Bond is not an action hero, and, even though the Bourne-films do it a lot, the quick-edits and shaky camera add (I suppose) a degree of realism to the action, but more often than not, that style of editing hinders more than it helps, making it damn hard to figure out what the hell is going on half the time. Since Forster is not used to doing action scenes, perhaps he should be given a break, and I can see why he would use an established style as a template to work off of, but I think it would have been cool had he been more gutsy and tried his own thing instead of emulation. What non-action scenes are present were pretty good though, and so was the homage to Goldfinger. The plot was not bad. I liked the fact that the movie was a direct sequel, but at a run time of 106 minutes, things felt very rushed and confused. A longer run time and a little less action would have been excellent. I realize that the intention may have been to leave some stuff unanswered for the sequel, which is ok (every now and then), but I don't want it to become an ongoing trend. Ending things more concretely is not a crime. I could go on giviving out more nitpicks, but it's not necessary. Yeah, this is a weak film in general, but especially since it's a follow up to a film that was so strong, but there are far worse films out there. The action was good, but a little much and lacking in clarity, and the overall look of the film was great, but the muddled plot/shoddy script make it hard to get in to. Because I liked the performances, and because I believe in giving the benefit of the doubt, I'll go easy on this film. If the mistakes here aren't rectified the next time around, I may not be so nice.
December 21, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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The 22nd James Bond flick is visually brilliant. The action sequences combined with the flair of Daniel Craig develops the same great 007 spark. But the film does falter in not being as explosive, captivating and just plain better than the remake. It's still a good chapter, nonetheless. 3.5/5
December 7, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

    1. James Bond: I don't think the dead care about vengeance.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (2 months ago)
    1. Dominic Greene: My friends call me Dominic.
    2. James Bond: I'm sure they do.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (2 months ago)
    1. M: And Bond, if you could avoid killing every possible lead it would be deeply appreciated.
    2. James Bond: Yes ma'am, I'll do my best.
    3. M: I've heard that before.
    – Submitted by A L (6 months ago)
    1. James Bond: He was a dead end.
    2. M: My God. He's killed him!
    – Submitted by T R (12 months ago)
    1. James Bond: You and I had a mutual friend!
    – Submitted by Aslan L (13 months ago)
    1. M: I need you to come in and debrief.
    2. James Bond: I don't have time.
    3. M: You killed a man in Bregenz.
    4. James Bond: I did my best not to.
    5. M: You shot him at point blank and threw him off a roof. I'd hardly call that showing restraint. Especially since he was a member of Special Branch.
    – Submitted by Kathy M (15 months ago)
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