Shaken? Stirred? The trouble with Spectre is that it’s neither. All the expected ingredients are there… but they never distil into a whole greater than the sum of their predictable parts.
— Cary Darling,
Fort Worth Star-Telegram What pulls together the story’s many tentacles is the unflappable Craig, a less-is-more actor who has evolved his Bond from the “blunt instrument” of Ca
sino Royale into the “good
man” of Spectre.
— Peter Howell,
Toronto Star It remains a decently robust and entertaining midlevel Bond movie — just one that’s haunted by the spectre of its predecessor.
— Bob Mondello, NPR By the time Spectre reaches its conclusion, the backstory has become so fraught, the motives so unclear, and the layers of scheming by the villains so convoluted that it’s exhausting.
— Isaac Chotiner, Slate We don’t expect a James Bond film to be deep, but at least we should be dazzled by the seductive gloss of its surfaces. Aside from that stunning opening sequence, this instalment feels overcompensating and dutiful.
— Ann Hornaday,
Washington Post Craig says he’s tired of playing Bond, and it shows. He looks constipated. Maybe they should have called it
— Gary Thompson,
Philadelphia Daily News