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Skyfall Reviews

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
October 5, 2015
A Bond film should feature a menacing villain who's also just a touch daffy; Javier Bardem has more fun than anybody else onscreen as a rogue agent with a mommy complex and a come-hither leer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 4, 2013
It's been a long time since I enjoyed a Bond movie so much.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 13, 2012
'Quantum of Solace,' was a dour, dire letdown. This picture's a substantial bounce back, and easily the best Craig Bond picture. Emotional depth and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 9, 2012
The cool accomplishment of Skyfall, 23rd in the Broccoli franchise, is that it seems a necessary, rather than mandatory, addition to the year's popular culture.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 9, 2012
Among the most ambitious imaginings of Bond to date: dark, supple, and punctuated with moments of unanticipated visual brilliance.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 9, 2012
Mendes' approach to action is classical and elegant - no manic editing and blurry unintelligible images here - but what makes the movie special is the attention he pays his actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 8, 2012
"Skyfall" is a different kind of Bond movie, one that works just fine on its own terms, but a steady diet of this might kill the franchise. One "Skyfall" is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 8, 2012
Great heroes are often enhanced by the villains they face, and such is the situation here. To really work, Bond needs great bad guys. Silva is bad at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 8, 2012
Skyfall leaves you wondering whether this incarnation of the character has anywhere left to go. It's the portrait of a spy at the end of his rope by an actor who seems close to his.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 8, 2012
The movie's smartest suit is emotional intelligence: Skyfall keeps us caring, intensely, for a hero who, by any rational measure, is a vestige of a vanished era.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 8, 2012
This is the movie in which the newest Bond finally eases into the part of the bon vivant for-Queen-and-Country horndog who likes his martinis shaken and not stirred.
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 8, 2012
The director, Sam Mendes, has taken a pop concept and solemnized it with Freud, which is not, perhaps, the best way of turning Bond into grownup entertainment.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 8, 2012
Craig has settled into a well-suited, grim-reaper role. Even when James flirts and trysts, his creased face suggests an unmovable weight.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 8, 2012
Daniel Craig, in his third outing as 007, has taken over the role in a way that makes it his as distinctively as it was Sean Connery's all those years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 8, 2012
What a difference 50 years makes. It might sound blasphemous, but in Skyfall Daniel Craig has it all over previous 007s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 8, 2012
There's a gritty, real-world feel to Skyfall that makes good use of Craig's down-to-earthiness.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 8, 2012
This is a smashing entertainment, but also one that feels over-engineered and constrained by its origins.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 8, 2012
While "Skyfall" obviously has a great fondness for the past, it's not trapped there. It also anticipates Bond's future. In this immensely satisfying movie, so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2012
Skyfall is certainly the most cultured Bond film to come along in some time. It's also the first of the three Craig endeavors to seriously (and wittily) acknowledge its pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 8, 2012
The James Bond franchise turns 50 with a stellar entry that fires on all cylinders as an action picture but also casts a modest glance backward to its illustrious past.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 8, 2012
This is Bond like you've never seen him and a dynamite Daniel Craig, never better in the role, nails Bond's ferocity and feeling. Skyfall is smashing, just smashing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 8, 2012
With spectacular action sequences, a rock-solid star and a ration of cheese that's good English cheddar, "Skyfall" is a gift from above.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 8, 2012
From the first smoky notes of a theme song sung by Adele, it's clear that "Skyfall" will be both classic and of-the-moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 8, 2012
Skyfall doesn't forget it has to be an exciting spy film above all, but from its first scene, it ratchets up the drama in ways that have little to do with action.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 8, 2012
This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he previously played unconvincingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 7, 2012
This is perhaps the most visually stunning Bond movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 7, 2012
The movie makes a claim that can't be matched by many Bond films: It's actually about something.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 7, 2012
Skyfall's fatal misstep is its slavish hewing to event-movie trends.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2012
In "Skyfall," Mendes has given us a thrilling new chapter in a franchise that by all rights should have been gasping for air - which really makes him the hero of this saga.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 7, 2012
If, on paper, this sounds like business as usual for 007, Skyfall feels like anything but.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 7, 2012
Whether Mr. Mendes is deploying an explosion or a delectable detail, he retains a crucially human scale and intimacy, largely by foregrounding the performers.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 7, 2012
Some of it is terrific. And some of it is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 7, 2012
Bond is back, and so is high-octane entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
November 7, 2012
I'm happy to report that Bond is back, and he's bad. And that's good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 7, 2012
The stripped-down, slightly grittier feel of the movie carries us along - and, perhaps, even announces a direction for the series that's both new to young fans and as old as "From Russia With Love."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 7, 2012
The 23rd official Bond seems as fresh as the first, incorporating tradition with innovation in gratifying ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
November 6, 2012
This is a brilliant reboot of the canon, mixing a sense of melancholy, the shock of changing times and the darkness of loss with thrillingly staged chase and fight scenes and clever references to all that has come before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 6, 2012
Skyfall has the feel of both a ceremonial commemoration and a franchise-rebooting celebration ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 6, 2012
Skyfall can take its place alongside From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service as the best Bond can offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 6, 2012
Mendes and Deakins are so busy trying to be visionary that they don't notice that characters are wandering too far from their roots, and half the time you can't see what's going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 6, 2012
These are truly tedious stakes for an action movie. The franchise isn't worried about world safety. It's fretting over whether to start wearing Depends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 6, 2012
Casino Royale remains the best of the recent Bonds, with Skyfall just a notch below it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 6, 2012
A super-suave but softer Bond, with Craig barely wrinkling his gorgeous suits. Bardem, as a dandyish villain, works up a good, greasy sweat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
November 6, 2012
"Skyfall" is so good you almost forget it is a James Bond movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 5, 2012
Simultaneously thrilling and meaty, this is easily one of the best entries ever in the 50-year, 23-film series, led once again by an actor who's the best Bond yet in Daniel Craig.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 31, 2012
Conveys the melancholy of loss, mortality, and future-shock anxiety, while at the same time leaving us plenty of space to enjoy one of the most complexly unhinged villains in Bond history.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
October 29, 2012
Suffice to say, Skyfall is one of the best Bonds in the 50-year history of moviedom's most successful franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 24, 2012
That "Skyfall" looks strikingly beautiful may explain why it has already generated waves of positive buzz. At two hours and 25 minutes, the movie runs far too long, but has been artfully rendered to obscure its fundamental simplicity.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 24, 2012
Though a notch below "Royale," "Skyfall" follows that reboot's lead, making a now 50-year-old icon as cool as when he began.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 16, 2012
A Bond movie that boldly struts forward while looking back over its shoulder to the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 13, 2012
Putting the "intelligence" in MI6, Skyfall reps a smart, savvy and incredibly satisfying addition to the 007 oeuvre.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2012
Feels more seriously connected to real-world concerns than any previous entry, despite the usual outlandish action scenes, glittering settings and larger-than-life characters.