'Skyfall' Reviews Are In! What are Critics Saying?
Sam Mendes’ Skyfall held its press junket over the weekend in New York City, giving domestic and international journalists their first look at the latest James Bond thriller. And so far, the reviews have been off-the-charts fantastic. Get ready, Bond fans. Skyfall is a flat-out winner.
I was lucky enough to be in NYC, and am able to say that Mendes’ Skyfall is a remarkable homage to old-school Bond that still finds inventive ways to make the 50-year-old secret agent contemporary and new. It helps that Mendes, clearly, is a passionate fan of the long-running franchise. Craig triumphs once again in his third stint as Bond, exploring the hero’s vulnerability yet overcoming the inherent questions about why we need a dated character like 007 in this day and age. And wait until you see Javier Bardem as Bond’s antagonist, Silva. He instantly enters the pantheon on unforgettable Bond villains. Skyfall is a must see.
Other critics agree. Reviews started hitting the Web over the weekend. If you need to avoid them (because there are Skyfall spoilers out there), here are the pull quotes from the top articles:
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter calls it “The most significant reset of the 23-film series. … Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film will certainly be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now.”
In Variety, Peter DeBruge says Skyfall “reps a smart, savvy and incredibly satisfying addition to the 007 oeuvre.”
And Kate Muir of the Times UK summarizes, “Skyfall … will go down as one of 007’s best.”
They’re not exaggerating. But you can see for yourself once Skyfall opens in the U.S. on Nov. 9, in 2D and IMAX.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.