BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The November Man Reviews

By Dr. Know on August 28th, 2014

Critic Reviews for The November Man

via Rotten Tomatoes

“The November Man” turns out to be the classic August movie: a triumph of competence over imagination and schlock over taste. Its highest value lies in reminding filmgoers that fall can’t come too soon.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Washington Post

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Director Roger Donaldson has had his ups and downs over the past few years; the script for this lodges somewhere in the middle, though he compensates for its lack of distinction through sheer velocity and nimble negotiation of its hairpin turns.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

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If it doesn’t transcend its genre origins, I suspect it’s because it doesn’t want to.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

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When The November Man stays pulpy, its cheesier aspects-like a low-rent supporting cast and a gratuitous sex scene-seem like par for the course. When it turns more serious, so do its failings.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: AV Club

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As far as escapist fluff laced with totally unnecessary real-world horror goes, The November Man isn’t wretched.

August 27, 2014Full Review Source: Village Voice

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The utter lack of originality eventually sinks the movie, and the climax has more howlers than a wolf convention.

August 27, 2014Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

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The plot is so convoluted that it’s almost always hard to tell what is at stake and what each side is trying to accomplish.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly

Las Vegas Weekly

Donaldson’s film contains some of the most perplexing espionage tactics ever devised for the silver screen.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)

Daily Herald (IL)

The November Man is diligently executed, and Brosnan gives a fine performance as an action hero who can convey a character’s thought processes as well as deliver a punch.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

Austin Chronicle

While maintaining the mystery is key to a movie like this, and while the set-up necessitates numerous overlapping threads, there are far too many and it proves to be a fatal distraction.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine

Even more disastrous is the film’s treatment of women who are seen almost entirely as either sex objects or foils for men to play off of. A woman’s only use in this film is to advance the plot by making mistakes.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Flixist.com


Brosnan is past 60; his director Roger Donaldson is just shy of 70. If you’d like to see a movie about the limitations of being young and inexperienced, this is it.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: MetroActive


Even if you’re dying to see it, I bet you can wait until it hits video in a couple months.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Lifeless dialogue spoken by guys trying to look tough and sound tough with only one of them succeeding (the other one is Luke Bracey).

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com


The November Man is unable to make heads or tails of how to establish an interesting storyline. It is one of the most monumentally dull trips you could possibly have at the cinema this year.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Examiner.com


Might be the most irresponsibly dumb spy thriller I’ve seen in some time.

August 28, 2014Full Review Source: Guardian


Roger Donaldson embellishes an already overly plotty scenario with hollowly attractive genre superfluities.

August 27, 2014Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Pierce Brosnan is a better spy here than he ever was in the Bond movies.

August 27, 2014Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com


There is a great amount of confusion about the central character in The November Man, which is quite at odds with the character himself.

August 27, 2014Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies

Mark Reviews Movies

Barely reaches the standard of a generic throw-away thriller, with a sub-par storyline and painfully tiresome dialog.

August 27, 2014Full Review Source: Beliefnet


There’s no excuse for how boring and incomprehensible so much of The November Man is.

August 27, 2014Full Review Source: Examiner.com


A pastiche of old-fashioned espionage cliches, clumsily stitched together and even more ineptly executed.

August 27, 2014Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion

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