'Quantum of Solace' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   49 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   251 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    I mean it as a cockeyed compliment to the reborn Bond franchise, then, when I say that Quantum of Solace is an unnecessarily cramped arena for such an interesting cat.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Quantum of Solace prompts the question: Is revenge the only possible motive for large-scale movie heroism these days?
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    This is a crash-bang Bond, high on action, low on quips, long on location glamour, short on product placement.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    The stunts are as muscular and the film as handsome to look at as the hero who so ably pulls them off. But the story linking it all together is thin and weak.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The Quantum of Solace filmmakers have produced a super-serious, often visually incoherent travelogue of revenge and trumped-up angst.
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  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Frankly, Quantum of Solace is just one exasperated dressing down away from being Lethal Weapon 9.
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  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    If nothing else, there's no need to worry about where Quantum of Solace fits in the Bond pantheon -- it's easily one of the worst.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    The result isn't bland, but it's not exactly Bond either.
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Quantum of Solace is a model of mediocrity, even though Daniel Craig gives his all to a production that doesn't deserve him.
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  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    If you held up your thumb over Daniel Craig's face and took in the mayhem around him, you'd think you were watching The Bourne Simulation rather than the 22nd (and shortest-ever) ode to Ian Fleming's suave government killer.
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  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    42
    The problems can be traced to a screenplay that is stuffed with internecine plot points and shades-of-gray complexities, but little else: no character-sharpening details and none of the wit and charm that buoyed Casino Royale.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    With [this] too-shaken sequel, the Bond market experiences a dip.
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  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    If the staging were as witty as the plotting, Quantum of Solace might have been a corker like Casino Royale.
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  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Quantum of Solace is too savage for family entertainment, but, as a study in headlong desperation, it's easier to believe in than many more ponderous films.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    I repeat: James Bond is not an action hero! Leave the action to your Jason Bournes. This is a swampy old world. The deeper we sink in, the more we need James Bond to stand above it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Not every director is well-suited to Bondland. "There's something horribly efficient about you," Kurylenko says to Craig at one point. The same goes for the film.
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  • Noah Berlatsky Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    A few years back, the easy sexism and narcissism of the James Bond series looked dated to the point of obsolescence, but Quantum of Solace proves that a revenge motive is just what's needed to rejuvenate all the Bond cliches.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Quantum -- the 22d 'official' Bond picture, 24th including the rogue Bonds -- is never less than engaging.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The film makes such headlong leaps of motivation and locale that it would take a master spy to decipher why Bond is going where he goes and doing what he does.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    Forster is indeed a fine director, but he's hardly a specialist in action films, and it shows. He can't quite keep things moving fast enough to speed past the absurdity of the premise.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Enjoy Quantum of Solace for what it is: a high-octane, winning installment of the Bond series that hits the ground running and never lets up.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Quantum of Solace, the 22nd entry in the interminable franchise, is one of the most pointless, chaotic and forgettable of them all. It is also one of the dullest.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Derek Elley Variety (Top Critic)
    Stripped of Royale's humor, elegance and reinvented old-school stylishness, Quantum has little left except its plot, which is rudimentary and slightly barmy, in the line of the Roger Moore pics of the '70s and '80s.
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  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Revenge is a dish best served with bullets, high explosives and giant rolling flameballs. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond orders the revenge buffet, deluxe.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    It fairly races by, a sexy, sadistic, cruel and crackling thriller that is the shortest Bond film since Goldfinger, and certainly the most brisk.
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