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"The breathless intro sends Bond chasing the data (and the perp who purloined it) across the city's rooftops and motorways, and finally onto a moving train, where Bond adds "tactical heavy machinery operation" to his ever-swelling professional CV."
John Semley on SlantMagazine.com (2012)
006: BREW ONLY LIVE TWICE
"Bond survives something that is unsurvivable (he’s not Superman) then, feeling his life was endangered by M, he hides, whines, sulks, stops shaving and (this is truly unforgivable) drinks a Heineken. (To his credit, he does cover the label with his hand, ashamed at being caught drinking Austin Powers’ brew)."
Kyle Smith in The New York Post (2012)
005: JOLLY BONDING WEATHER
"Audaciously, Skyfall's most sexually charged moment comes not with the femme fatale at that gaudy casino but during the extended interrogation scene, as Silva runs his fingers across Bond's bare chest, then reaches down to part his legs. "What's your regulation training for this?" Silva teases him. "What makes you think it's my first time?" 007 shoots back - a tacit reminder that he went to Eton after all."
Xan Brooks in The Guardian (2012)
004: THE TITLE IS NOT ENOUGH
"The sky doesn't actually fall and nothing nasty falls from the sky - no hijacked nuclear missile, no rogue Soviet spacecraft, no squadron of airborne terrorists with anti-gravity backpacks. Skyfall may be another of those inscrutable Bond titles such as Quantum of Solace. A better title might have been Eyeful."
Evan Williams in The Australian (2012)
003: HEART-STOPPING ACTJION
"One could call this the Best Bond Ever, as some reviewers have, and not mean it as the highest praise. Better to see it as a welcome defibrillator for a venerable franchise."
Richard Corliss in Time magazine (2012)
002: PARENTAL GUIDANCE
"The first three quarters of Skyfall are thrilling, but by the time we get to the climax, the filmmakers have run out of invention and the movie has degenerated into a couple of yowling mama’s boys who need a dad to smack them around and tell them to stop snivelling."
David Edelstein in New York magazine (2012)
001: COSTUME DRAMA
"Between the action sequences, the pleasure lies in observing impeccably dressed Brits exchanging barbed witticisms - making it, basically, Downton Abbey with cyber crime and shower sex."
Karina Longworth in The Village Voice (2012)
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