Quantum of Solace Reviews

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Quantum of Solace prompts the question: Is revenge the only possible motive for large-scale movie heroism these days?

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • This is a crash-bang Bond, high on action, low on quips, long on location glamour, short on product placement.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The Quantum of Solace filmmakers have produced a super-serious, often visually incoherent travelogue of revenge and trumped-up angst.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Frankly, Quantum of Solace is just one exasperated dressing down away from being Lethal Weapon 9.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • The result isn't bland, but it's not exactly Bond either.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Quantum of Solace is a model of mediocrity, even though Daniel Craig gives his all to a production that doesn't deserve him.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • 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.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • With [this] too-shaken sequel, the Bond market experiences a dip.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • If the staging were as witty as the plotting, Quantum of Solace might have been a corker like Casino Royale.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • 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.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Noah Berlatsky — Chicago Reader

  • Quantum -- the 22d 'official' Bond picture, 24th including the rogue Bonds -- is never less than engaging.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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