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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

Sphinc­ter.

— Gary Thomp­son,

Philadel­phia Daily News

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