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The November Man has a few of the ingredients necessary for a better-than-average spy thriller, making it all the more disappointing that it falls back on dull genre clichés.
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The spy who bored me.
It's a serviceable, pleasingly CGI-unenhanced run-and-gun flick I will find on Encore Action after midnight a year-and-a-half from now and watch for 17 minutes before remembering I've already seen it.
There's nothing terribly wrong with The November Man in a serviceable late-night cable TV sort of way but neither is there anything terribly right about it. It's unnecessary and derivative.
The November Man is one of those thrillers that grows progressively more incoherent, and it simply isn't fast enough to glide over its gaping narrative holes.
[An] engaging, fast-paced and ultimately ludicrous combo of espionage and mayhem ...
A predictable espionage thriller undercut further by loose ends left dangling, November Man is worth seeing only for Pierce Brosnan's dynamic lead performance.
The November Man is diverting and Brosnan's fans should be pleased; it just isn't the kind of engrossing, thoughtful drama that its elements suggest it intends to be.
By the half-way point in the film, the outcome already is determined, but you still have to remain in your seat, painfully watching as the characters catch up to what you already know.
You'll have seen The November Man's espionage shenanigans done much better elsewhere, but Brosnan proves his spry spy veteran has still got what it takes while veteran director Roger Donaldson keeps the action nimble.
The sometimes-cluttered plot aside, this slickly-shot film manages to pass muster. A big reason why you might want to see this film is because Pierce Brosnan is in it. And indeed, it is on his able shoulders that this movie rests.
[The film] very deliberately trades on whatever nostalgia moviegoers might have left for Pierce Brosnan as a secret agent, and ticket-buyers' mileage will vary accordingly.
A few brain cells short and a handful of years too late.
Bronson (my favorite Bond BTW) returns to the ever popular spy format as a CIA guy called out of retirement for one last job. It kept me entertained, even if it kept things as formulaic as all get out. For instance, is there an exploding car scene? You betcha. What's going on with our society that we look for and require exploding car scenes? I know, I know. "Not the forum for questions like that." Sorry.
Another Russian/Spy blah blah blah
Pierce Brosnan can't even save this drone of a plot!
A stylish, hard-edged and terrifically old-school action-thriller. A crisp, wickedly unpredictable, pulse-racing thrill-ride that's packed with nail-biting suspense and sizzling action. It's the coolest spy thriller in years. It's sharp, brutal and intensely relentless. Director, Roger Donaldson has not lost as his touch when it comes to making an intelligent thriller and keeps the pace fast and moving frequently. A great, grown-up action movie for adults that is a ticking time-bomb of twist and turns that will blow your mind. Finally, we are back into the area of mature action movies. Pierce Brosnan is back in top form regaining his action hero crown. Brosnan's first action film in over a decade and he shows like Liam Neeson, he can still mix it up with anyone and makes you enjoy the ride. Brosnan gives a dynamic and sensational performance, I loved watching him in this and he works great with is co-stars Kurylenko and Bracey. Olga Kurylenko is terrific. Luke Bracey is excellent. An explosively entertaining and awesome movie.
Pierce Brosnan is slick and suave as the title character, but just when you think the film can be described as the same, you leave the theater unfulfilled. Forgetful and familiar, 'November Man' feels like a film you've possibly seen a few hundred times before. That isn't to say it doesn't keep you entertained for 2 hours, however. Just don't expect anything more than that.
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