• There’s an odd sense of misguided chronicling in the film, which is strange considering it’s directed by Stephen Frears who has made rather lovely films like High Fidelity. The lack of irony, or satirical bite from his earlier film The Queen ultimately hurts Victoria and Abdul, more a missed opportunity than a piece of entertainment.

  • If Deakins does not finally receive the Oscar for this one it’s time for the Academy to shut down. Gosling is perfectly cast, and you’re better off not knowing anything about the rest of the characters in the film.

  • Another memorable entertainer from the house of Tom Cruise, Doug Liman…

  • Pedro Pascal is surprise package of this strictly okay film…

  • The whole globe trotting hero assassin aspect seems more silly than fascinating here — making it feel like a trashy book you grab at an airport and throw it away when you land. Considering the film is based on a series of novels, that may be precisely what the filmmakers were going for — to make a forgettable film.

  • This isn’t a very thought provoking film like other Soderbergh works, but it’s probably his most entertaining one to date.

  • The less you know about the movie the more you will enjoy it. It’s the kind of film made for everyone, so it’s pertinent that you go and see it now that it’s out in theaters. Be careful walking around water drains though. And if you lose a paper boat around the drain, good luck getting it back.

  • If the film only had Reynolds and Jackson talking to each other, without the bells and whistles of action and contrived conflict, it could have been even more entertaining. The idea of lampooning The Bodyguard and Whitney Houston’s song is undeniably funny but a better director – like duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller – could have taken the idea and turned it into a more memorable film.

  • One can’t help but feel that Sandberg did this film as a favor to do the DC Shazam movie. In any case he’s one of the most exciting new filmmakers out there but any studio that works with him needs to give him better writers to back his vision and passion. The only interesting aspect of this film is the post credits scene featuring Valak from Conjuring 2 – let’s hope he gets a better spin-off than this.

  • The elements are all present — Theron as a super duper spy who can kick multiple asses simultaneously, action scenes with long takes and realistic punching and kicking, as well as moody cinematography and a ton of sex appeal. If only the story department worked a little harder to match up to the rest of the film.

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