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  • Summary: A veteran spy (Colin Firth) of a super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid (Taron Egerton) into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Feb 9, 2015
    91
    This is a case of all the elements lining up and pushing a potentially good film into the great category because of just how well executed it is.
  2. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jan 8, 2015
    80
    Injecting fun and fairground thrills back into the spy movie, Kingsman is a blast. Firth is sensational, Jackson rules and newcomer Egerton surprises. Mission accomplished for Matthew Vaughn.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 19, 2015
    75
    Kingsman is as violently kinetic as anything Vaughn has made, a list including Kick-Ass (the good one) and Craig's U.S. breakthrough, Layer Cake. But Kingsman is also wildly uneven, often slowing its roll to stiff-upper-lip pacing necessary (or not) to create a new British secret agent movie mythology.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Dec 27, 2014
    70
    Director Matthew Vaughn strikes an energetic balance between cartoonish action and character-driven drama... The mix grows less seamless and the story loses oomph as it barrels toward its doomsday countdown, but the cast’s dash and humor never flag.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jan 27, 2015
    60
    Never less than slick, precision-tooled multiplex entertainment, Kingsman hews close to the formula Vaughn and his co-writer Jane Goldman established in their superficially similar "Kick-Ass": hyperspeed action, pithy one-liners and grotesque ultraviolence.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 12, 2015
    50
    It tries to get by on charm, and like a lot of movies, and people who make that attempt, “Kingsman” does have charm — just not enough.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Apr 3, 2015
    20
    The more calculated Vaughn’s films are to appeal to his surprisingly rabid fan-base, the more they seem custom-built to repel everyone else.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 208
  1. Feb 13, 2015
    10
    Kingsman is the most lavishly violent, sleek and funny spy movie that I have ever seen. Colin Firth is brilliant and newcomer Taron EdgertonKingsman is the most lavishly violent, sleek and funny spy movie that I have ever seen. Colin Firth is brilliant and newcomer Taron Edgerton was great in the supporting as well. Samuel Jackson made the perfect villain. One of my favorite directors- Matthew Vaughn, is at the top of his game. The fight scenes are perfectly choreographed, and the comic element is top notch. This is a movie that you will die to see again after walking out of the theater. Ignore the Fifty Shades that stop you from getting to the theatre, watch this movie. Expand
  2. Feb 16, 2015
    10
    The trailers didn't inspire me much, but it had good word-of-mouth reviews so I went to see it and was pleasantly surprised. Its a crossThe trailers didn't inspire me much, but it had good word-of-mouth reviews so I went to see it and was pleasantly surprised. Its a cross between Kick Ass and James Bond and the styles are meshed perfectly, it doesn't take itself seriously at all, the acting is very well done, its funny and some of the scenes are over the top outrageous. The firework scene was my favourite and unlike anything I've seen in a movie before.

    I really hope there's a second film, I enjoyed the first much more than I thought I would.
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  3. May 3, 2015
    10
    Most likely one of the best movies of the year. It was excellent. The more you watch it the more you observe things that you were initiallyMost likely one of the best movies of the year. It was excellent. The more you watch it the more you observe things that you were initially not aware of. I recommend it wholeheartedly, can't wait for the next one. It is anything but boring or predictable. Expand
  4. May 27, 2015
    8
    This is not bad,it's good! The really enjoy the film with it's cool action and a funny spy movie.The film has some issues and plot holes butThis is not bad,it's good! The really enjoy the film with it's cool action and a funny spy movie.The film has some issues and plot holes but still love the film.It is enjoyable action spy movie with Violence on top of it. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2015
    8
    Super fun pastiche of a spy movie.

    The fight scenes tarry a bit too long on the screen for my taste but, overall, this film is funny.
    Super fun pastiche of a spy movie.

    The fight scenes tarry a bit too long on the screen for my taste but, overall, this film is funny.

    It's a bit "Men in Black" meets "If Looks Could Kill" with a dash of dry British wit, benefits chav squalor, and scally violence.

    Both Colin Firth and Sam Jackson give winning performances. Jackson's voice affectation began to grate a bit (reminded me of how weary I became of Gary Oldman in "The Fifth Element") but it's not enough to ruin the picture.
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  6. Mar 16, 2015
    7
    'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is the latest movie directed by Matthew Vaughn who made it big in the directing world with films such as;'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is the latest movie directed by Matthew Vaughn who made it big in the directing world with films such as; 'Layer Cake' (2004), 'Stardust' (2007), 'Kick-Ass' (2010) and his most popular 'X-Men: First Class' (2011). I think I heard that he was one of the many directors attached to the latest "Star Wars" movie at one point, but he decided to do this.

    All I am going to say is this...it is the month of February and you know what that means, if you are a "Movie Buff" like me, you'll know that February is the death month of cinema, a month where nothing goo comes out. Yes, I am looking at YOU 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (2015).

    Luckily, "Kingsman" is actually one of the best movies that has come out this entire month.

    The movie focuses on a secret spy agency which is led by a legendary spy named Gallahad (Colin Firth) who meets a young man named Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) who grows up and joins the secret service.

    The main villain in this movie is played by a very funny and charismatic Samuel L. Jackson who speaks with a lisp. His main plan is to make everybody switch to a SIM card that will supposedly corrupt the rest of the civilians.

    The cast also includes Michael Caine and Mark Strong in very sophisticated performances. This movie reminded me of 'Hot Fuzz' (2007), the high octane violence and British feel to the movie took me back to that movie. It's very funny, but it's still strong in the storytelling arc, and still very thoughtful despite the over-the-top violence.

    I'll admit, the movie isn't exactly perfect (then again, no movie is), it does get a little cliche towards the third act and, without spoiling too much, when one main character doesn't return, it does get a little routine. But it's still lively and very funny.

    I wouldn't necessarily say to go see "Kingsman" at the cinema, it is worth waiting to rent, but if you want to upstage "Fifty Shades" in terms of box office gross, watch this movie as many times as you can. I have not seen 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and I don't plan on to, I'm glad I spent my money on this, even if it did get a little underwhelming. I do have a gut feeling that "Fifty Shades" will unfortunately upstage "Kingsman" in the box office, but hey, to reassure any of you, you'd be glad to know that on Rotten Tomatoes, so far, "Fifty Shades" has an embarrassing 25% rating, while "Kingsman" has a much better rating of 74%. Get in!!!

    Manners, Maketh, Man.
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  7. May 17, 2015
    0
    Der Film ist brutal und das wird noch mit 80/90er Jahre Musik untermalt und mit buntem Feuerwerk gefeiert. Geschmackloser gehts wohl kaumDer Film ist brutal und das wird noch mit 80/90er Jahre Musik untermalt und mit buntem Feuerwerk gefeiert. Geschmackloser gehts wohl kaum noch. Oftmals vorgespult, weil es unnötig brutal ist. Expand

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