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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: 19 out of 168
  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
    Bumping this score up because once again Matthew Vaughn makes another great movie and the so called "critics" pretend they didn't like it toBumping this score up because once again Matthew Vaughn makes another great movie and the so called "critics" pretend they didn't like it to try and be hip. This is must see movie so go and do it Expand
  3. Mar 2, 2015
    10
    Upon first glance, Kingsman: The Secret Service looks like an outdated, outlandish attempt to reinvigorate the action spy genre that sawUpon first glance, Kingsman: The Secret Service looks like an outdated, outlandish attempt to reinvigorate the action spy genre that saw Pierce Brosnan fail miserable as his final appearance as the famous spy-agent James Bond in The World is Not Enough. Since 2005, thanks to the likes of Martin Campbell and Christopher Nolan, two directors that took two very different iconic action figures, Batman and James Bond, and injected a much needed, gritty, dark, reality-based foundation to these characters and their overall narratives, over-the-top action has long been expired. In the last decade, what has arisen, is a very dark and realistically twisted take on many action icons, both in the superhero genre and the action hero genre, that allows the cartoonish elements of these characters to fade, and the realistic to rise in popular and rewarding box office results.

    One of these aforementioned films that inhabited a reality based narrative structure was the recently re-invisioned X-Men film franchise, which was, ironically, reinvented by Matthew Vaughn in X-Men: First Class in 2011. The film, which took place in 1962, set around the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis, showed just how much the comic book genre succeeded among audiences when introduced around real-world events.

    The amazing thing about Kingsman: The Secret Service, is that the same man who was responsible for breathing new, raw life into the X-Men franchise, after the disaster that Brett Ratnet’s X-Men: The Last Stand was, is the same man that is bringing back the absolutely manic and outrageous spy-agent genre with a vengeance. Thankfully for everyone, Kingsman: The Secret Service is the action movie we have been waiting to see and the is the tremendously alternative to a highly unbelievable 007 movie that never came.

    Upon first view, I too was skeptical about the dynamics of Vaughn’s newest Millar adaptation (Vaughn had already adapted Millar’s Kick-Ass). Looking back at the trailers, the action looked silly; the players too cliched in the world of agent-spy standards; and gimmicky thanks to the inclusion of adorable pugs and attractive cast members. Boy was I wrong!

    Kingsman is a highly calculated film romp that never takes itself too seriously, yet never lets go of its grip of highly entertaining action movie and escapism Hollywood fluff. To think that Vaughn could have potentially abandoned this project completely to make X-Men: Days of Future Past is sad. Thankfully, the highly visionary and confident filmmaker stuck to his guns, and delivers easily, one of the most entertaining films of 2015 thus far.

    Kingsman begins as any action movie should; with a girl. But this girl, is a recently widowed mother who surprisingly has a stranger visit her in the late night, to tell her that her husband, a Kingsman (unbestknown to her) was killed in the line of duty. The stranger, Harry Hart (Colin Firth), is unwelcome in the home, and focuses his energy to his partners newborn son, Eggsy (newcomer Taron Egerton), where he discloses to him that, if ever in the future he encounters any problems, the Kingsman are indebted to them forever thanks to the bravery of their patriarch.

    Flash forward a decade, and Eggsy is a troublesome youth, whose failed attempts in the marines, and trouble with the law finds his luck at the **** end, time and time again. It isn’t until Eggsy, who in an act of defiance for his mother against her petty mafia boyfriend, finds himself in a police station, in deperate need of the Kingsmans help. After a quick phone call, that ends ambiguously, Eggsy is released of the police station and greeted by the same man who visited him and his mother upon the news of his father’s death, Harry Hart. Luckily for Eggsy, Harry offers him a job interview, that could see him in the same line of work as his father, and could change his world forever thanks to an unexpected visit to a tailor shoppe.

    On the surface, Kingsman seems to be a neat and well dressed action film. Once cracked open, Kingsman is a rough, tough, cocky-filled fuel ride of adrenaline, bad manners and tailored attitude that puts James Bond and company to shame.
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  4. Mar 31, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is agent movie but not like the James Bond movie. It talks about the secret service in a slightly realistic manner. Agents will actually die and require replacement. And the new agent is needed to be trained. The villain is actually smart and logical but not ethical. The philosophy behind the villain is not completely wrong which is a balance between heroes and villains which is good.
    Likewise, due to that minor realistic, there will be blood, chopping people off, stuff like that. In the meantime, there will be some boring car chasing and explosion scene which I do not care at all.
    The black comedy at the end was quit impressive.
    Overall, it is a light movie. I will definitely watch it again....
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  5. Feb 15, 2015
    8
    A cross between Kick-Ass and Bond, which fans of the former will certainly enjoy, Kingsman maintains a great pace throughout with a number ofA cross between Kick-Ass and Bond, which fans of the former will certainly enjoy, Kingsman maintains a great pace throughout with a number of excellent action sequences as well as a darkly humorous streak. Expand
  6. Feb 28, 2015
    7
    It's level of violence is ridiculous, but that's part of the charm of this fun, quirky spy movie. It's got some witty dialogue, some coolIt's level of violence is ridiculous, but that's part of the charm of this fun, quirky spy movie. It's got some witty dialogue, some cool fight scenes, and some good acting performances, particularly by Colin Firth. It's a fun one for sure. Expand
  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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