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  • Summary: Alex Rider (Pettyfer) is a normal teenager who lives with his uncle, a nondescript bank manager. Or so it seems until his uncle, Ian Rider (McGregor), disappears under mysterious circumstances. Alex soon learns that his uncle was a spy for Britain's secret intelligence service, M16 and he is recruited to take on a dangerous mission for them. Within days he's gone from schoolboy to super spy -- but will Alex's first assignment be his last? (The Weinstein Company) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Esposito
    75
    It's better than some James Bond movies--no matter what your age.
  2. 63
    For kids strung out on Anthony Horowitz's 007-lite adventure series, this maiden adaptation is a pleasant enough diversion from having to flip the pages.
  3. Taken for what it is - 'tweenage escapism - Stormbreaker is moderately fun.
  4. 50
    Rourke's hammy, eyeliner-enhanced acting alone almost makes Alex Rider worth a look.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    40
    The film is forever trying to balance between being for younger teenagers and keeping their parents occupied as well, and never quite gets it right.
  6. A British flick based on the first novel in a popular teenage spy-thriller series by Anthony Horowitz, looks promising but, unfortunately, doesn't measure up.
  7. About as clunky as a movie gets. It lurches from scene to scene with no sense of narrative grace, gives its roster of prominent actors nothing to work with and screeches to a halt with all the grace of a sprinter whose shoelaces have been tied together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Oct 18, 2010
    4
    I'd be suprised if Anthony Horowitz actually liked this adaptation of possibly one of the best teenage books you could read. It is boring, cliche and most of all, it fails to capture the action presented within the book. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2013
    3
    Average fare floating in the sea of washed away movies. It tried to be like James Bond, but was so patted with kid gloves and bubble wrap around the edges that it came off as too overprotective, like the kind of movie a kid's mom would suggest instead when he/she wanted to see Skyfall. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2012
    2
    Another teenage money-in-the bank movie, cheesy as hell. Alot of money spent into it, no doubt about it, but the story is lacking. Another movie that ruins a great books reputation cover. Do not watch this for the book, but only if you enjoy teenage spy films with oneliners and uniteresting characters. Expand

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