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Quantum of Solace Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A model of mediocrity.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The stunts are as muscular and the film as handsome to look at as the hero who so ably pulls them off. But the story linking it all together is thin and weak.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The film's biggest problem is its director. Marc Forster is an experienced art house filmmaker with impressive credits (most recently, "The Kite Runner)", but he is clueless when it comes to action sequences.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The way it's shot and cut, it plays like a parody of a car commercial shot in the style of a Bond film.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The point is, wherever he is, this James Bond is pissed. And that ceaseless anger begins to curdle every sequence that might otherwise bring a little happiness. I mean happiness for us, the viewers.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    The new picture allows hardly any flourishes of style and character in the 007 tradition, but moviegoers seeking an adrenaline rush will be well pleased.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Craig's 2nd Bond grittier, angrier than his first.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the second James Bond adventure starring Daniel Craig is, like 2006's Casino Royale, full of non-stop action sequences and has a darker, grittier tone than earlier Bond films. Unlike his predecessors, who barely broke a sweat while sipping their precious martinis, Craig's 007 bleeds real blood and gets into dirty, bare-knuckle, hand-to-hand fights. The violence includes knife fights, gun fights, fist fights, and fire fights. A liked character dies, a woman is tortured (off camera) in a particularly cruel manner, and dozens of characters die in explosions or shootouts. There are a couple of passionate kisses and one scene that obviously takes place after Bond and a woman have had sex (her bare shoulders and back are shown, and he's shirtless). Product placements are mostly cars, like Bond's signature Aston Martin, and language is relatively minimal ("s--t" and "bastard").

  • Families can talk about what makes James Bond "cool." Is it his remoteness? His amazing physical prowess?
  • Does Quantum of Solace use alcohol and cigarettes to support or take away from Bond's appeal?
  • What makes James Bond so appealing (and enduring) in general?
  • How are different women portrayed?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Revenge, espionage and corporate greed are glamorized.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: James Bond is largely motivated by a thirst for revenge and seems to have little regard for human life. He does save the life of a character he barely knows, however, because he senses she's in danger. Felix Leiter disregards a directive he feels is immoral. Several characters belong to a global crime syndicate involving multinational corporations and billionaires who can act like mercenaries and destabilize countries. A female foil to Bond is out for vengeance.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: From the movie's first scene, there's a nearly endless stream of action and violence. There are fiery explosions; bloody hand-to-hand battles using knives, guns, pipes, and other weapons; shootouts; disturbing scenes of a tortured woman and a dying character; and lots of death-defying stunts.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Bond passionately kisses two different women throughout the course of the film. In one scene he gets into bed shirtless and kisses a woman whose bare shoulders and back are visible. They've obviously just made love (off camera).

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent: "s--t," "bastard," "bloody," "ass."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Several cars: Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Volkswagen, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Bond characteristically drinks cocktails, wine, and beer at bars, in a plane, and at parties; other characters drink and smoke cigarettes/cigars.