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Skyfall (12A)

Skyfall (12A)

Action, Adventure, Thriller

Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

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The critical consensus

At the age of 50, there is no sign at all that Bond is finished yet.

****(*)Geoffrey McNab, The Independent, 12/10/2012

“We don’t go in for exploding pens any more,” quips young Q (Ben Whishaw). Nor do audiences, which is why I suspect Skyfall will be a stratospheric hit.

****(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 12/10/2012

Falls prey to a common failing of many 50th birthday bashes: it allows sentimentality to cloud its judgment and loosen its tongue. In so doing, it risks blowing James Bond's cover for good.

***(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 13/10/2012

Craig is on cracking form as Bond, all rippling muscles and curling lip and Dame Judi Dench puts in an elegantly melancholy performance as M.

***(*)(*)Caroline Jowett, Daily Express, 13/10/2012

The Daniel Craig era comes of age with a ballsy Bond that takes brave chances and bold risks. Guess what? Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.

*****Neil Smith, Total Film, 13/10/2012

The story’s emphasis on personal dramas does detract from the picture’s purpose as an energetic action-thriller, gradually sapping momentum and suspense from the storyline, especially in a mishandled third act (the reason I gave it a rather harsh 3 stars in my initial review).

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 25/10/2012

From references to past 007 movies to unexpected twists and top-grade action, Mendes’ movie feels like a well-wrapped birthday gift for Bond fans.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 16/10/2012

The good parts spring more readily to mind than bad, suggesting that Bond is at least back on the right track.

***(*)(*)Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 16/10/2012

Skyfall is an accomplished action movie which allows Bond a little more psychological complexity and stronger emotional beats.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 21/10/2012

Skyfall is pretty much all you could want from a 21st Century Bond: cool but not camp, respectful of tradition but up to the moment, serious in its thrills and relatively complex in its characters but with the sense of fun that hasn’t always been evident lately. One thing’s certain: James Bond will return…

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 24/10/2012

Skyfall is the kind of film that makes it easy to love Bond the way you probably did as a kid.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/10/2012

From the opening in Istanbul to the final siege shootout in the Scottish Highlands, this film is a supremely enjoyable and even sentimental spectacle, giving us an attractively human (though never humane) Bond. Despite the title, he is a hero who just keeps on defying gravity.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 25/10/2012

Mean and touchy-feely, Bond is back on track.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 25/10/2012

The year's best movie so far.

*****Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 25/10/2012

Skyfall fulfils its brief: a real show, proper excitement, executed with wit, colour and panache.

Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 28/10/2012

Daniel Craig makes 007 his own in this very British Bond adventure – perhaps the best in the series' 50-year history.

Philip French, The Observer, 28/10/2012

If you’re prepared to go along for the ride, it’s rewarding, tender and intense, pitched cleverly and sensitively alongside Bonds from the past five decades. For this, it is something to celebrate.

****(*)Andrew Latimer, TVBomb, 29/10/2012

All hail though, to Craig. Together with Dench and several others in the new movie, he has given Bond some genuine acting heft and a few added layers. He can do the mortal superhero stuff, but he's pretty super at the acting lark too, making the character genuinely intriguing again. As intriguing as Connery? Decide for yourself.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 24/10/2012

Features about Skyfall (12A)

Skyfall: The best James Bond film ever?

York Membery, Daily Express, 14/10/2012

Skyfall: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem on banking a premium Bo

STV, 17/10/2012

James Bond: nobody does it better

Charlie Higson, The Telegraph, 19/10/2012

Sam Mendes happy to direct another Bond film if Skyfall is a hit

Ben Child, The Guardian, 19/10/2012

Daniel Craig: The man with the golden touch?

Susan Griffin, The Scotsman, 25/10/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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