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Skyfall Review

Aggregate Rating: 3.84/5

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Ratings:4/5  Review by Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)

In Skyfall, Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of American Beauty, has delivered a thrilling addition to the 007 movie legacy, and a film that strikes just the right balance between familiarity and freshness. Hard-core franchise loyalists may argue this isn’t the Bond they grew up with. But it’s only fair that each new filmmaker who takes a stab at 007 be allowed to interpret it his own way. Mendes, for his part, does a bang-up job.I’m going with four out of five for Skyfall. Don’t ask if you should watch this film, ask when you should watch it. The answer is right away!

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Ratings:4/5  Review by Srijana Mitra Das Site:TimesOfIndia (TOI)

Skyfall is possibly the most emotional Bond movie yet, James re-visiting his childhood home, M facing her exit. But alongside its sentimentality, it has standard Bond fun – Oriental heavies, hissing Iguanas, casinos, cocktails, backless gowns, melting kisses in warm showers, sadism, saxophones and sparkling repartee. Sure, it sags slightly, gets teary-eyed and despite a hot Miss Moneypenny (Harris), its s**iness feels a tad restrained. But catch Skyfall anyhow. It’s still special enough for your eyes only.Tip-Off: You won’t like this movie if you never really bought that whole Bond-babes-Britain thing.

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Ratings:4/5  Review by Raja Sen Site:Rediff

Skyfall is, at heart, a crowdpleaser. Sam’s film, which deserves actually to be the first of at least three, isn’t as resonant or as original, but it is fabulously refreshing and light enough to have heads bobbing along, chorally humming the theme. It may not be jazz, but like its villain demonstrates, sometimes all we need is — *pop*.

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Ratings:4/5  Review by Rashid Irani Site:Hindustan Times

Punchy one-liners, designer costumes, the best cinematography that money can buy and stunts that will no doubt be imitated extensively — Skyfall has them all. Those who relish a slight twist to the Bond series won’t be disappointed. Those who seek a mindless 007 may nitpick. It’s certainly smarter than the last few Bonds that have zipped in and out of the viewer’s mind. The impact of this espionage adventure lasts after it has ended.

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Ratings:4.5/5  Review by Shalini Langer Site:Indian Express

Any which way you look at Skyfall, James Bond — the film and the character — have matured. If Mendes mixes it all up nicely, he is amply helped in this direction by Craig, who excels once again in his role as the 007, and a superlative Bardem

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Ratings:4/5  Review by Daniel Pinto Site:DNA

The film, anchored in realism, has its dry spells in terms of action. While the pacing wasn’t as spot-on as it was in Casino Royale, the idea of Bond growing wary of the spy game’s shortcomings, and succumbing to the temptations of putting himself above others was a worthwhile idea. Skyfall must be watched for the quality of performances that one doesn’t encounter often in action thrillers. That and how it carries on a 50-year pop culture repository down a new direction while being mindful, if not overly reverential of its legacy

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Ratings:2/5  Review by IANS Site:NDTV

Half way through I thought this was going into my top three Bond films list, but suddenly all the plot potential goes out of the window. Skyfall is not a perfectly structured film. It starts off at a fast pace and by the end it drags.The last sequence is unbelievable and hence makes this film strangely ineffectual.

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Ratings:4/5  Review by Shomini Sen Site:Zee News

The film isn’t just about Bond. It is about his and M’s relationship, it is about M and her journey over the years as the head of secret service and it is about Silva who has a personal vendetta which spills out on the streets of London. The film also takes Bond back to the basics.So does the film live up to the hype? Yes in more ways than one and summarises the 50 illustrious years of the franchise perfectly.

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Review by Top International Critics

Ratings:5/5  Review by Peter Debruge Site:Variety

Putting the “intelligence” in MI6, “Skyfall” reps a smart, savvy and incredibly satisfying addition to the 007 oeuvre, one that places Judi Dench’s M at the center of the action. Refreshingly unlike the first 20 Bond installments and yet completely of a piece with the franchise’s core values, “Skyfall” continues the stripped-down approach introduced in “Casino Royale,” completing Bond’s transformation from kiss-kiss-bang-bang action figure to full-fledged character.

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