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Reviews: Spectre (2015)

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  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The Writing’s On the Wall all right…Spectre just flat-out stunk.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Thanks to its current team, the latest run of Bond pictures has become atypically self-reflexive, questioning assumptions — theirs and ours — about who this man is, and what we’re to make of him. ‘Spectre’ isn’t the best of these films, but it may well be the most thought-provoking, because there’s always something fascinating about art at war with itself.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Matt Brown @ Row Three
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: The 24th Bond film in which the macho hero addicted to peril must choose between the path of revenge or love.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Spectre nos presenta a 007 nuevamente en una aventura extravagante y divertida, que incluye una hermosa cinematografía y varias sorpresas que atan cabos sueltos. Lamentablemente, comparada a la tremenda entrega anterior, esta nueva excursión se siente decepcionante. Su larga duración y falta de emoción, le impiden ser una mejor oferta – posiblemente la última del director y su protagonista. Para mi sorpresa, Spectre simplemente está oka.
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: Spectre, despite its lush locales and trademark superb action set pieces, is a mostly downtrodden, robotic exercise in wild goose chase plotting.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …certainly better than Craig’s second outing, “Quantum of Solace,” but it’s pretty much business as usual just when the ante should be upped.
  • Blake Crane @ Film Pulse
    • Excerpt: The action is often riveting, but the emphasis on the continuous building of Bond’s psyche is a bit of a drag at this point; it would be nice to see him unburdened by his own mythos.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: Ultimately what carries Spectre is Daniel Craig
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Craig’s grim, terse portrayal of Bond was a perfect fit for Casino Royale, but his unwillingness to crack a smile, even as he finds himself in much more outlandish situations, has turned him into as much of a caricature as Brosnan’s relentlessly smug version of the character was in Die Another Day.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: After all of this time spent revitalizing the character and giving him an inner life absent from everything except Ian Fleming’s source novels, all the pieces have finally fallen into place and it’s… meet the new Bond, same as the old Bond.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “SPECTRE,” the fourth entry in the apparently indestructible James Bond franchise to star Daniel Craig, is one of the most spectacular to date. Of course it could be argued that when a movie costs enough to end world hunger, cure cancer and put a permanent colony on Mars, it should be spectacular.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The plot is a lot of wheel-spinning, slowly and unsurely inching Bond closer to the bad guy.
  • John Gilpatrick @ JohnLikesMovies.com
    • Excerpt: Four films into the Daniel Craig era, and we’re still rebooting James Bond. This one is fun, but not entirely successful.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: An enervating fatigue has set in, taking the humor and fun with it – leaving sinister, sadistic, escapist entertainment that’s neither shaken nor stirring…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: Both the qualities and persistent problems of the Craig-era Bond series congest to a near-equal degree in Spectre…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Spectre is typified both by exhilarating highs and mundane lows that interact to produce an overall spirited good time.
  • Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA
    • Excerpt: While there’s a heavy dose of fan service injected into the new film, the refreshing originality and artistry that was shown in SKYFALL is eschewed for the same tired formula of Bond films’ past.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: After a truly spectacular and fresh opening sequence, everyone might as well be enacting a Bond puppet show, which is sometimes unpleasantly retro-icky.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Not the best Daniel Craig Bond film but will still entertain you and tide you over until Bond 25 comes down the chute a few years from now.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Spectre may not be as game-changing or emotionally charged as its predecessor, but it confirms that the Ian Fleming character hasn’t forgotten to be fun and more than delivers on the expectations of a Bond film.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
    • Excerpt: As a delivery device for slick surfaces and fun setpieces, Mendes and crew give you your money’s worth.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … feels like a Best of Bond compilation … Which may explain why, after the lively Day of the Dead pre-credit sequence, it soon goes from exhilarating to enervating … to, finally, exasperating.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: It’s overlong, mildly amusing, it doesn’t quite manage a harmony of tone and still sports echoes of 1970s machismo and sexism – it’s unmistakably a Daniel Craig Bond.
  • [New – 12/10/15] | Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Spectre is a movie with a lot of problems, both as a James Bond film and a standalone endeavor. It’s not bad, but there simply isn’t anything special or unique to be found.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: Skyfall surprised by showing how out-of-the-box the series could go. Spectre reminds that fans would rather stick with the familiar no matter how clunky or empty.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: His word is his Bond.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: … polished and percolating. ‘Spectre’ ultimately satisfies one’s craving for the invincible James Bond, whether you can to relive his vintage reputation or look forward to a millennium-enhanced production that will grow with the ageless wonderment pertaining to Fleming’s literary ladies man-turned movie-making mainstay of action-packed cinema for half a century.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Consider SPECTRE to be an establishing shot for what’s sure to be an epic finale for Daniel Craig as James Bond. But what does that say about SPECTRE?
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: A Bad Return To An Old Formula!
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: It’s the classiest $300 million blockbuster you’ll ever see. It’s also the dullest James Bond movie ever made.
  • [New – 12/10/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Bond is remarkable – he can go for hours without sex, is roused to it by life-threatening danger, and delivers smooth one-liners in the face of death.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Craig has done a brilliant job redefining the character but here I sensed a weariness in his performance, as if he fears that he’s beginning to go through the motions.
  • Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Enjoyable, even if it’s longer than it should be and the vintage aspect doesn’t quite fit Daniel Craig’s realistic and bitter James Bond suit.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: And while all of the ingredients of a good Bond movie are present, Spectre still feels under-cooked and empty.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “Spectre” is an incredibly entertaining and fun movie. Isn’t that what James Bond movies are all about?
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: An episodic chain of high-octane set-pieces that gets increasingly winded as it drags on.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film’s overarching narrative ambition—linking all of the Craig films and taking Bond to some unexpected psychological places—is satisfyingly executed.
  • George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd. [Greek]
Updated: December 10, 2015 — 7:49 pm
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