Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker is Agent Cody Banks played British and kinda straight -- that is, as straight as you can when your villain is played by a toothpick-chomping Mickey Rourke in purple eye shadow.
Gregory Kirschling - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Nathan Lee - New York Times
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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.
- USA Today
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.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Geoffrey Sax's filmmaking holds few surprises -- Whiz! Bang! Boom! Ha ha ha! -- but it's swift and competent.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
It's one thing to imagine ordering a shaken martini; it's another to be handed a Shirley Temple.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Even fantasies need a nod or a wink to assure viewers, 'Yes, it's ludicrous -- but isn't it fun?'
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
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.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
It's better than some James Bond movies -- no matter what your age.
Michael Esposito - Chicago Tribune
Taken for what it is -- 'tweenage escapism -- Stormbreaker is moderately fun.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Ambitious and enjoyably silly teen thriller.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
If they'd given this kid an umbrella, you could guarantee it would rain.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
A shake 'n' bake Brit teen-spy actioner, without a smidgeon of originality, humor or involving characterization, Stormbreaker is a high-profile bust.
Derek Elley - Variety
This lame teenage James Bond will leave audiences neither shaken nor stirred.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
With all the charm of the early James Bond movies and all the heart-stopping chase scenes of the contemporary spy series ... Alex Rider heaves into view as a reluctant, but thrilling young spy.
Susan Walker - Toronto Star
A lame and disappointing affair.
Ray Bennett - Hollywood Reporter
The script comes from Anthony Horowitz, based on the first novel in his Alex Rider spy series. How is it possible to take your own work and make it less interesting?
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
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.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Teen spy hero makes leap from book to screen.
Jane Boursaw - Common Sense Media
What doesn't quite work are the more overtly jokey bits.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A moderately enjoyable affair which only drags in the middle.
Richard James Havis - Film Journal International
Jamais parece reconhecer a pouca idade de seu heroi, que age como adulto (e como espiao experiente) na maior parte do tempo, o que, alem de tornar tudo implausivel, ainda resulta num filme aborrecidamente convencional.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
- Irish Times
- Los Angeles Daily News
An instantly forgettable confection that'll bore more kids than it entertains.
Scott Weinberg - DVDTalk.com
This mishmash retread fails to find its own identity on any level and should head straight to cable TV where it belongs.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
- Deseret News, Salt Lake City
An entertaining popcorn movie featuring a veritable who's who of game British actors (and a trio of equally game American performers) who keep the proceedings lively even with a too-predictable plot.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
It's not much of a plot and TV veteran director Geoffrey Sax struggles with the big-screen demands of action scenes.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Stormbreaker jarringly shifts back-and-forth from real-world believability to Bond-esque suspense-of-disbelief to Boris-and-Natasha goofiness.
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
I forgot most of it about 20 seconds after it was over.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Even more damaging is the inescapable fact that as the allegedly dashing and charming Alex, Pettyfer is a complete washout -- he is sullen, mush-mouthed and seems to spend the entire movie in the throes of a perpetual pout.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Stormbreaker plays with, well, not complete authenticity, but more-than-expected authenticity.
Kim Williamson - Boxoffice Magazine
Parents or older siblings taking the kids to the movies as a family bonding experience are less likely to bond with the kids than find themselves succumbing to the urge to nap. Bring a blankie; you may need it.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
[Rider's] squirrelly film debut amps up Horowitz's wry humor, putting silliness in unintentional competition with the film's action and dramatic elements.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The secret agent actioner Stormbreaker is definitely more James Bond for tweens than Nickelodeon fluff like Agent Cody Banks. Maybe it has something to do with the British accents.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Alex is a junior James Bond, but the movie takes itself too serious to be a fun kids film.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Dave White - Movies.com
With so much talent involved with this film, the finished product seems like a waste.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
A pointless junior version of James Bond minus the budget (and the suaveness).
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Just when you start to get caught up in the action, one of the supporting actors shows up, mugging and breaking the tension.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Bond-for-kids done with some obvious budget restrictions...
Keith Phipps - AV Club
If there's a pressing need for a teen version of James Bond-style spy tales, it's not apparent: Twelve-year-olds are already watching the real thing.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Director Sax is unable to generate much tension in the action scenes, even rendering a nice bit of Donnie Yen martial arts choreography incomprehensible.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
If Pettyfer approached the material as a teenage James Bond movie, the actors playing the villains approached Stormbreaker as a teenage Austin Powers movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
I think older kids will like its uptempo blend of action and camp.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Unlike many movies aimed at this demographic, Stormbreaker gives young audiences credit for taste and wit.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It hasn't a shred of originality.
M. K. Terrell - Christian Science Monitor
It's more like Operation Snoozemaker.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Boring, empty, anticlimactic, uninspired and bankrupt of humanity.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
It's ostensibly an action movie, and the action is so poorly shot as to be embarrassing.
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
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.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Stormbreaker isn't a sour film, but it doesn't have a pulse; limping through extended action beats with cookie-cutter authority and often horrific direction.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Bland and formulaic, a kind of British Cody Banks without that movie's gaudily over-the-top elements and largely minus its humor.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
If there was ever a case to be made against doing a young James Bond film series, 'Stormbreaker' will serve as a key piece of evidence in that argument
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The movie lacks tension.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
This is as serious as a heart attack with a Snidely Whiplash/Wile E. Coyote plotline, which is why this fails.
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
- Sydney Morning Herald
Most of the problems with Stormbreaker all boil down to believability.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
If in 20 or 30 years, Daniel Craig has retired from playing Ian Fleming's stalwart secret agent, the series' producers need look no further than Alex Pettyfer for their new man.
Brandon Judell - New York Theatre Wire
Sporting all the elements of a pre and early teens action adventure for the modern age (Biggles on steroids?), Stormbreaker uses Hollywood style filmmaking with British eccentricity to fun effect.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
[At its best,] Stormbreaker gets the balance right, managing to be both playfully humorous and genuinely exciting.
Neil Smith - BBC
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
This whizzy adventure will keep pre-teens enthralled and adults quietly chuckling. But it's just not sophisticated enough.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Geoffrey Sax makes a good fist of the visuals, mustering plenty of bonkers sets, vehicular action and new-fangled gizmos.
- Empire Magazine
The colourful cast have a lot of fun with their slightly cartoonish roles, particularly Bill Nighy and Missi Pyle as Sayle's henchwoman.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Of the dressed-to-thrill cast, only [Alex] Pettyfer disappoints; he just looks and sounds too bland to be a teen hero. But I'll leave that for the kids to decide.
Derek Adams - Time Out
There's so much potential within, but it's terribly squandered. And that's a real shame.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus