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Reviews: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

man_from_uncleHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Si ascoltano infatti Che vuole questa musica stasera di Peppino Gagliardi e Il mio regno di Luigi Tenco. Basterebbero quasi solo queste due riscoperte a dare un senso alla visione del film di Ritchie. Il resto si dimentica in un batter d’occhio…
  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK.hr [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Film koji se itekako može preporuciti.
  • [New – 1/28/16] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: I figure (Guy Ritchie) was going for a breezy, fun, comic action romp. It’s just that there isn’t much in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that is breezy, fun, comic, action, or a romp.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Thriller soso, comedia fofa, película de acción regulera, el atascado salto al cine de la clásica serie de televisión decepciona por no cumplir la más sencilla de sus funciones: entretener. Guy Ritchie, a la caza de nueva franquicia mientras Arturo espera su turno.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: U.N.C.L.E.’ is a jazzy, frisky, good-natured spy romp with the sense not to take itself too seriously. But maddeningly generic stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer merely get the job done — there’s nothing distinctive in their performances, and frankly, nothing that couldn’t have been done by Jai Courtney or Aaron Taylor-Johnson or Taylor Kitsch or Chris Pine or any of the other (sorry to say it) bland white guys Hollywood keeps trying to convince us are movie stars.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: While “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is easily one of the best looking films of the year, it seems very similar to dating a supermodel: equally gorgeous and vapid.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ritchie’s “U.N.C.L.E” is a bit like a Bond buddy movie with its retro-chic globe-trotting and series of shiny vehicles (including a speedboat and submarine) backgrounding its bumpy bromance.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: While the plot may seem to be of the “simplicity itself” variety, it is routinely obscured, either intentionally or unintentionally, by Ritchie’s stylistic choices.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt/everest-2015-1662663 [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Based on the mid-’60s TV show, it’s fashionable but forced – and the fun has gone missing….
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What sets this apart from today’s bombastic assaults is that the approach is breezily elegant. This bright, sparkling concoction is a period piece mixture of swanky espionage, jazzy lounge pop instrumentals and chic fashions.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Guy Ritchie’s spy-themed GQ fashion shoot. Pure popcorn nonsense, sleek and chic and vaguely funny, but instantly forgettable.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Guy Ritchie resurrects a second tier ’60s TV show and injects with wit, style, and panache…and Alicia Vikander
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Though viewers will find familiar story beats and characters in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ritchie succeeds in creating a fun love-letter to 1960s spy fandom.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Stylish and knowing about how stylish it all is, and playful but never too cool for the room, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is a good deal of fun when it’s being light and breezy and looking ultra-snazzy with its period-appropriate clothing.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Eager to unlock a new spy franchise, Warner Bros. dug deep into television vaults to unearth a popular, but unexpected program to adapt to the big screen. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. may be entertaining, but it’s still a problematic adaptation.
  • Dan Lybarger @ KCActive.com
    • Excerpt: Some leftover properties in Hollywood are begging for rediscovery. It’s hard to tell if the Cold War-era TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is one of them, especially after seeing the new film that’s been adapted from it.
  • James Marsh @ TwitchFilm
    • Excerpt: For its big screen reboot of the classic 60s spy series, Warner Brothers is hoping Guy Ritchie can replicate the success of their earlier Sherlock Holmes adaptations, again favouring witty banter and period detail over the material’s more action-oriented elements. The result is an old fashioned romp with a stylish swagger and ripe sense of humour, but its lack of urgency or grand action spectacle could work against it in a crowded summer market place.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: “Mod” is the first word that springs to mind when describing The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and it also functions as a pretty effective review in and of itself.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Pretty, slick, and satisfactorily entertaining, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is a pleasant enough way to spend a few hours at the movies.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: If it was set in modern times it would be too busy taking selfies and posting them on Instagram to worry about much else.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: The consensus is that ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ continues the wave of nifty and naughty-minded colorful espionage spectacles that seem to have invaded the summer of 2015. Ritchie’s off-beat serving of ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ is mindless fun and roguishly cheeky.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Here’s a movie that’s stylish and cool and sometimes innovative, a nice 60s-set reprieve from the typical 2015 action blockbuster that’s generally agreeable throughout, and it still isn’t very good.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online
    • Excerpt: Of all the spy movies hitting theaters this year, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is one of them.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A misfire on virtually every level…more like ‘The Wild Wild West’ than ‘Mission: Impossible.’
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Hoping the pounding 60’s soundtrack will jar the audience into enjoyment, this yarn evaporates into TV fluff.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Dodgy accents notwithstanding, the crackle of the Caville-Hammer-Vikander triangle is a pleasure to watch, but it’s Elizabeth Debicki who steals the show as supervillainess Victoria.
Updated: January 28, 2016 — 9:02 pm
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