Here's What Everyone's Been Saying About Spectre

The good, the bad and the hilarious!




Spectre opened to a LOT of expectations. Said to be Daniel Craig's last one as the iconic British spy, the anticipations were high and fans from all over the world waited with bated breaths to see what he has to offer this time. 

The most expensive Bond movie to date, Spectre is also the longest. It has so far received both good and bad (mostly bad!) reviews, here's what the critics have been saying:

The Good

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​"A wealth of iconography — both incidental and integral — from the series' founding chapters is revived here, making "Spectre" a particular treat for 007 nerds, and a businesslike blast for everyone else. Spectre-cular B.O. awaits, though it remains to be seen whether the "Skyfall" is the limit." -Variety

"At times clunky, Spectre is still utterly gorgeous, always compelling and the ultimate proof that Daniel Craig is the best James Bond of all time.​" -Cinema Blend

"Mendes kicks off in the same impressive mode as Skyfall, deepening Bond's back story while self-consciously borrowing from the franchise's classic Sixties heritage. The first act is great, full of dark portent and bravura film-making flourishes." -The Hollywood Reporter

"It's a swaggering show of confidence from returning director Sam Mendes and his brilliant cinematographer, Hoyte van Hoytema, who shot SPECTRE on luxurious 35mm film – a marked change of texture from Skyfall's gleaming digital froideur. The film's colour palette is so full of mouth-watering chocolates, coffees and creams that when the story moves to Rome, the city looks like a $300-million-dollar, fascist tiramisu.​" -The Telegraph

"In pure action adventure terms, Spectre delivers the goods, with plenty of revved-up supercar porn and several kinetic high-speed chase sequences on road, river and snowy mountain slope. Thomas Newman's busy score amps up the pulse-racing bombast, smartly invoking operatic melodrama in Rome and sinewy Arabic folk music in Morocco.​" -THR

The Bad

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"Spectre qualifies as a textbook example of "Be careful what you wish for!" For those longtime fans who have wanted to see something of a return to the broader and campier films that defined the Roger Moore era of the 007 franchise or those who wished to see the 007 franchise adapt to the new world of explicitly continuity-driven franchise filmmaking, well, you got what you wanted." -Forbes

"Craig, who fills out a Tom Ford suit like few can, is in very good form, evidently more comfortable now under the skin of Bond than he ever was. There's an urgency to his action scenes, but because the script lacks real depth, you're invested neither in his romance with Seydoux, nor for a moment are you worried that he can't take on Waltz.​" -Rajeev Masand

"At two-and-a-half hours length, the film is far too long and the climax has been dragged beyond patience. It was as if Mendes wanted to give Craig the best going-away present and didn't know where to stop. With four scriptwriters, it could also be the case of too many cooks making a mish-mash of the broth.​" -Hindustan Times

"Bond literally walks into Blofeld's HQ, and seems to wait around until someone starts torturing him. It's the longest Bond movie ever and it feels it, particularly thanks to the final, London-set sequence, which feels like a hat on a hat, and is structurally similar to the climax of the last movie. Rarely has a film in this franchise felt as strained as the story does here.​" -Indiewire

"This is just a nit pick but no matter how popular Sam Smith's Bond song is I don't need to wait for nearly 5 minutes for the film to start. NEVER.​"​ -Pugzly101

"Bond's would-be investigation actually hinders progress, and it is awkward watching him needlessly endanger the lives and/or careers of his friends purely out of irrational stubbornness" -Forbes

"​It probably delivers what the die-hard fans want, but it is not like Casino Royale or Skyfall(no one talks about Quantum of Solace, by the way, because it's assumed everyone involved was drunk) as it doesn't deliver to those of us who never liked Bond, but then discovered that we did.​" -The Spectator

The Hilarious

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"​How come Bond always finds a parking place right outside any place he's visiting? (In Rome! Have you ever tried to park in Rome?) How come big buildings in densely populated cities are blown up but there are never any civilian casualties? There's no point to this, and it's not in keeping with the spirit to keep harping on, but it's hard. British intelligence HQ? Wouldn't they have built that with shatterproof glass?​" -The Spectator

​"The most irritating moment in the film is when Sam Smith's middling theme song comes on as octopi tried to molest women and firearms alike. To muddy matters further, a shirtless Craig keeps on catching fire.​" -Hindustan Times

"​James Bonds, like great athletes, rarely exit the stage gracefully. Bonds always seem to go out on stinkers, like Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards.​" -Movie Nation

"..the main romantic interest is Lea Seydoux's Dr. Madeleine Swan, the daughter of one of Bond's former adversaries. Madeleine is brainy and beautiful and feisty, and about three days after she tells Bond she's not about to fall into his arms seeking solace, she's telling him, "I love you."

Because he's James Bond." -Chicago Sun Times

"How every woman in the film falls for Bond like he's a sack of pheromones is perhaps the funniest bit in Spectre. As hard as it is to believe, one scene actually contains Bond asking a woman, "what shall we do next," and they begin making out.​" - Firstpost