Skyfall Reviews

  • Skyfall represents the new standard in one of cinema's longest running franchises. It is a deeply personal, exquisitely shot film that had me mesmerized from the opening scene.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Conveys the melancholy of loss, mortality, and future-shock anxiety, while at the same time leaving us plenty of space to enjoy one of the most complexly unhinged villains in Bond history.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Whether Mr. Mendes is deploying an explosion or a delectable detail, he retains a crucially human scale and intimacy, largely by foregrounding the performers.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • What a difference 50 years makes. It might sound blasphemous, but in Skyfall Daniel Craig has it all over previous 007s.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • From the first smoky notes of a theme song sung by Adele, it's clear that "Skyfall" will be both classic and of-the-moment.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • These are truly tedious stakes for an action movie. The franchise isn't worried about world safety. It's fretting over whether to start wearing Depends.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Skyfall's fatal misstep is its slavish hewing to event-movie trends.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Though a notch below "Royale," "Skyfall" follows that reboot's lead, making a now 50-year-old icon as cool as when he began.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The movie's smartest suit is emotional intelligence: Skyfall keeps us caring, intensely, for a hero who, by any rational measure, is a vestige of a vanished era.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The movie makes a claim that can't be matched by many Bond films: It's actually about something.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Craig has settled into a well-suited, grim-reaper role. Even when James flirts and trysts, his creased face suggests an unmovable weight.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 'Quantum of Solace,' was a dour, dire letdown. This picture's a substantial bounce back, and easily the best Craig Bond picture. Emotional depth and all.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The director, Sam Mendes, has taken a pop concept and solemnized it with Freud, which is not, perhaps, the best way of turning Bond into grownup entertainment.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he previously played unconvincingly.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Casino Royale remains the best of the recent Bonds, with Skyfall just a notch below it.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The James Bond franchise turns 50 with a stellar entry that fires on all cylinders as an action picture but also casts a modest glance backward to its illustrious past.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Skyfall is certainly the most cultured Bond film to come along in some time. It's also the first of the three Craig endeavors to seriously (and wittily) acknowledge its pedigree.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Some of it is terrific. And some of it is spectacular.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Great heroes are often enhanced by the villains they face, and such is the situation here. To really work, Bond needs great bad guys. Silva is bad at its best.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • While "Skyfall" obviously has a great fondness for the past, it's not trapped there. It also anticipates Bond's future. In this immensely satisfying movie, so do we.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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