BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Kingsman: The Secret Service Reviews

By Dr. Know on February 13th, 2015

Critic Reviews for Kingsman: The Secret Service

via Rotten Tomatoes

While much of Kingsman is an entertaining spy romp, Vaughn overindulges in some lengthy killing sprees that diminish the overall power of his film.

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Clint O’Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
All about fun, playfully riffing on the James Bond movies while establishing a stylish, over-the-top formula of its own and tackling the issue of class.

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Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz
Based on a comic book, Kingsman occasionally betrays its roots but Vaughn has adapted it to fit his unique approach.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
I had no idea how much I wanted to see Colin Firth kick butts and shoot people in the head until I saw him do it.

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Eric D. Snider
GeekNation
Smart genre riffs and hyper-stylized action, Kingsman: The Secret Service manages to provide a clever twist on the spy movie format.

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Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
I don’t use the word “reprehensible” a lot, but that’s what this movie becomes after a promising start.

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Alonso Duralde
Linoleum Knife
The core story unfolds predictably, but, like the Kingsmen themselves, with style.

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John Serba
MLive.com
Kingsman: The Secret Service politely and eloquently clobbers you with undeniable wit, frantic yet unflinching action, and extremely adult but uproarious humor.

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Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
Only one complaint. Why the heavy language? The R-rating keeps teens who’d also enjoy this really fun spy romp from enjoying the fun without mom and dad tagging along.

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Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
This movie is a whole lot of fun, especially to be treasured by movie nerds (references galore) and action aficionados (a few of the sequences, while not revolutionary, will still leave you breathless).

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Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
In the age of the overserious spy film (see: Daniel Craig’s Bond, the Jason Bourne series, etc.), this is exactly the bold, silly kick up the ass that the genre needed.

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Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
The second half of “Kingsman” is a wipe-out of epic proportions, with Vaughn and Millar losing their sense of structure to whip up a painfully familiar frenzy.

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
If the movie had kept up this kind of pace and tone for the rest of the way, I would have been a fan.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
Jones-ing for a Bond movie?

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James Verniere
Boston Herald
Brash, witty spy film is packed with over-the-top violence.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
The second half of the movie becomes a loud, f-bombing cliché of excessive violence.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
Doubles down on glib ultraviolence while pressing buttons of class-consciousness and teasing out pop-culture allusions and self-aware witticisms. But this time, the postmodernism feels played out.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
…combined with an inane villain master plan and a third-act turn into large-scale gratuitous brutality, the thing becomes a tonal mess.

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Luke Y. Thompson
Topless Robot
Not for every taste, but this spy spoof has some kick

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
Entertaining enough, but if you’re going to keep referencing James Bond, shouldn’t you actually have something to say *about* Bond? It lacks a satirical edge and there isn’t nearly enough sex.

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Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
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