Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker Reviews

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November 10, 2006
Nobody wants to see a violent James Bond send-up, with a British teen risking life and limb for Jolly Olde England, matched against a toothpick chomping 'computer genius' villain played by Mickey Rourke.
October 17, 2006
I forgot most of it about 20 seconds after it was over.
October 14, 2006
Yes, we've got brand new blond junior and grown-up Bonds this season, but the toughest task for Baby Bond could be finding an audience.
October 13, 2006
The movie runs in fits and starts, dragging along as if on life support for the majority of the first act before hitting its stride for a glorious midsection and than losing it again during a hackneyed climax that's as stupid as it is laughable.
October 13, 2006
Bond-for-kids done with some obvious budget restrictions...
October 13, 2006
A pointless junior version of James Bond minus the budget (and the suaveness).
October 13, 2006
With so much talent involved with this film, the finished product seems like a waste.
October 13, 2006
Just when you start to get caught up in the action, one of the supporting actors shows up, mugging and breaking the tension.
October 13, 2006
This lame teenage James Bond will leave audiences neither shaken nor stirred.
October 13, 2006
It's one thing to imagine ordering a shaken martini; it's another to be handed a Shirley Temple.
October 13, 2006
Even fantasies need a nod or a wink to assure viewers, 'Yes, it's ludicrous -- but isn't it fun?'
October 13, 2006
Geoffrey Sax's filmmaking holds few surprises -- Whiz! Bang! Boom! Ha ha ha! -- but it's swift and competent.
October 12, 2006
The film is forever trying to balance between being for younger teenagers and keeping their parents occupied as well, and never quite gets it right.
October 12, 2006
James Bond returns in Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, disguised as a 14-year-old boy involved in a mission so outrageously top secret that even the producers of the movie deny his true identity.
October 12, 2006
Perhaps as a publishing phenomenon the concept works, but on-screen it's pretty dull, with good actors in bad roles and bad special effects.
October 12, 2006
Taken for what it is -- 'tweenage escapism -- Stormbreaker is moderately fun.
October 12, 2006
There's a lot of chasing around and some cool stunts, but it has a flat, draggy feel to it, some creepy moments of oddly insensitive interactions, and no sense of genuine enthusiasm or adventure.
October 12, 2006
If they'd given this kid an umbrella, you could guarantee it would rain.
Top Critic
October 12, 2006
Though the film is not terribly original ... the action scenes are diverting, the veteran cast is amusing and the engaging Pettyfer makes a solid debut.
October 12, 2006
Who knew that the world was clamoring for another spy kid movie at this very moment? If we have to have one, it should be as cheeky and nonsensical as Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker.
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