The Man from U.N.C.L.E.2015

Critics score:
67 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times:The Man from U.N.C.L.E. plays like a lower key, vintage edition of a Mission: Impossible movie. It's a good movie with a great look.Read more

Wesley Morris, Grantland:Exactly no one was asking for this. So it's a surprise to discover that the bar for this movie is low enough to conga under.Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post:Cavill's Solo, and the movie, are aggressively quippy, which is what happens when screenwriters set out to be funny but give up when they're halfway there.Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety:An unusually restrained Guy Ritchie serves up solid entertainment with a classy touch, but bland leads and no-sizzle chemistry make this slick '60s TV adaptation forgettable.Read more

Jesse Hassenger, AV Club:The Man From U.N.C.L.E. feels fun even when it lacks a particular reason for existing.Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic:It almost works. Actually, it does work, hitting the requisite number of hip notes. It just doesn't dazzle, and that's kind of a surprise.Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe:"Man" is a celebration of a time when secret agents dressed impeccably, bantered with style, and had exceptionally cool toys. That the movie is almost instantly forgettable is part of the pleasure.Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader:Whose idea was it to make a cold war thriller for a generation that doesn't know what the cold war was?Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:Composer Daniel Pemberton's evocations of early '60s "danger" music respect the period, which is more than can be said for Ritchie's hatchet-style of staging and editing.Read more

Adam Graham, Detroit News:While it looks good - Ritchie has always been a slick visual stylist - it's ultimately as passive as an old rerun.Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly:Long on style but short on substance, Guy Ritchie's ring-a-ding-ding Cold War spy thriller attempts to resurrect a mothballed '60s TV series the way that Mission: Impossible did. It doesn't work this time.Read more

Michael Granberry, Dallas Morning News:It's got all the ingredients - improbable romances, partial nudity, ridiculous escapes - that make it little more than big-sound and big-picture fodder for the Imax screens it will appear on throughout the country.Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter:It's not bad but not quite good enough either.Read more

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times:It all winds up feeling hollow and even slightly oppressive, an enforced sense of fun jabbed within quotation marks. It aims for a silky lightness of touch but lands like a dropped slab of concrete.Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday:Not an update of the old TV show but a revival, with dazzling sets, period outfits and wonderfully implausible action. It's an Atomic Age blast.Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker:As for Cavill, let us just say that the line between phlegmatic suavity and downright dullness is rather more easily breached than the Berlin Wall.Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger:Holding out for a fun summer film? Resist no longer. Just say "U.N.C.L.E."Read more

Chris Klimek, NPR:What substance it has could be dissolved in a shot glass. But so what?Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News:It's slow, lethargic, utterly lacking in charm and undeserving of the Cold War setting that is its best trait.Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times:Guy Ritchie makes the kind of enjoyably disreputable movies that are fun to watch until they're not.Read more

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press:Alas, the movie doesn't fulfil the tease of the opening sequence. From there it devolves into a series of revelations with diminishing returns.Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer:A lot of energy and effort has gone into this endeavor, and I can't say some of it's not fun. But more of it, alas, is just tedious.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:This is one of those rare instances when a sequel wouldn't just be warranted - it would be welcomed.Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:A moldy 1960s TV series that comes to the screen with no Mission: Impossible update or makeover. That's right - it's still moldy. But in a way that's escapist, retro fun.Read more

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times:The picture is quite clever and light on its feet.Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:Ritchie is a director with no instinct for the audience, and he can't hold things together for an entire film. He seems at a loss, from moment to moment, as to what he should emphasize.Read more

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch:This is a movie whose charm sneaks up on you, like a spy in the night.Read more

Nathalie Atkinson, Globe and Mail:Mesmerizing and clever, but more style than substance.Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star:This is like an Austin Powers movie directed by Wes Anderson, although Ritchie's personal style is very much in evidence.Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap:With brisk pacing, and a cast this attractive parading the kinds of fashions that will remind you how much you miss Mad Men, most of the movie boasts a Mod crispness.Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out:U.N.C.L.E. has enough style and smarts to make it an amusingly louche summer movie: a cultivated mix of action and wit, suits and cities.Read more

Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun:As stylish as it is witty, Guy Ritchie's retro spy movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is a lovable lark and full of mischief.Read more

Brian Truitt, USA Today:The Cold War returns full force on the big screen, though by the end of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., you might want to put it back in the fridge.Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice:Though it's made with lots of modern tricks and technology, it's old-fashioned in the best sense, and not just because it's set in the Sixties.Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture:It's breezy and elegant - so breezily elegant it can make you laugh out loud from frame to frame.Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post:The threat that this mess of a movie might be followed by a sequel is enough to make anyone cry uncle.Read more