Spectre Reviews

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October 10, 2017
On its own merits, Spectre is a distinct step back from Skyfall. Too much of it feels repetitive.
November 9, 2015
Spectre is sloppier than other recent Bonds, but it also feels like it's exhausted the idea that fueled the franchise's relaunch -- darker and more realistic can only last so long when it's paired with a rotating cast of Bond girls and supervillains.
November 9, 2015
I regard it as a ravishing exercise in near-despair, with Bond beset by the suspicion that, were he to desist, both his character and his cause would be unmasked as a void. Killing is his living, and his proof of life.
November 7, 2015
Dazzles early and fizzles late...Bond is not Batman; he does not need an origin story.
November 6, 2015
There are signs of Bond bloat within many of the action sequences - it must be hard to trim such extravagant footage - but they are at least partly overcome by an increase in levity.
November 6, 2015
If one of the most successful and long-running franchises in movie history wants to keep pumping, it's once again time to change the formula.
November 6, 2015
For the most part, it's efficient-enough Bond fare - overlong car chases, beautiful women in eternal danger, crazy stunts, suave cool under fire. Nice fitting suits.
November 5, 2015
In the end, this solid Bond does justice to the character's long legacy while paying due diligence to what he has become under Daniel Craig's stewardship.
November 5, 2015
The result is fun, even if it's a mishmash, leaving you shaken, not stirred.
November 5, 2015
By the time Spectre reaches its conclusion, the backstory has become so fraught, the motives so unclear, and the layers of scheming by the villains so convoluted that it's exhausting.
Top Critic
November 5, 2015
A gorgeous and dreamlike but ultimately frustrating Bond film. I blame Mendes.
November 5, 2015
"Spectre" is a movie that wants to have fun but simply doesn't know how.
Top Critic
November 5, 2015
It remains a decently robust and entertaining mid-level Bond movie - just one that's haunted by the specter of its predecessor.
November 5, 2015
"Spectre" is full of not-good things, and some oppressively bad things that may come to feel like drill bits twirling in your skull.
November 5, 2015
It's business as usual, even if that business is pulled off with brilliant precision, ingeniously choreographed action, and an itinerary boasting some of the most photogenic spots on Earth.
November 5, 2015
This James Bond outing begins with a stunning set piece in which the hero, played by Daniel Craig, takes down a terrorist cell amid Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City.
November 5, 2015
A Bond movie is all about delivering on expectations: to enjoy it you have to be pleased rather than frustrated by its predictability. In that regard, Spectre... can be deemed a solid success
November 5, 2015
"Spectre" isn't bad - just slightly disappointing.
November 5, 2015
What pulls together the story's many tentacles is the unflappable Craig, a less-is-more actor who has evolved his Bond from the "blunt instrument" of Casino Royale into the "good man" of Spectre.
November 5, 2015
Mendes, a cerebral director who balances action and erudition, lets us savor every conspiracy, chase and exotic locale.
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