The November Man

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  • Summary: Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan), aka The November Man, is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent. Lured out of retirement for one last mission, Devereaux must protect Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko), a valuable witness who could expose a decades-long conspiracy. ThisPeter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan), aka The November Man, is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent. Lured out of retirement for one last mission, Devereaux must protect Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko), a valuable witness who could expose a decades-long conspiracy. This assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 27, 2014
    75
    An efficient, if not exactly inspiring, espionage thriller, full of high-tech gadgetry (surveillance drones! flash drives!) and low-tech action (car chases! shootouts! a shovel to the head!).
  2. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Aug 26, 2014
    60
    Nothing fresh is being brought to the table, but it's a sufficient bit of fun for anyone who longs for the days of Brosnan's spy swagger.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 29, 2014
    50
    The November Man feels like just about every B-grade spy thriller that has ever been committed to the silver screen.
  4. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Aug 25, 2014
    42
    As far as the spy genre goes, Pierce Brosnan’s The November Man is more filler than thriller.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 27, 2014
    40
    As far as escapist fluff laced with totally unnecessary real-world horror goes, The November Man isn't wretched.
  6. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 29, 2014
    33
    The rest of the film couldn’t convince a sixth-grader it might happen. CIA agents search a home for evidence but leave the front door unlocked and unguarded, so Devereaux sneaks in and knocks them out.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 26, 2014
    12
    This one resembles a James Bond film about as much as Belgrade resembles London.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Hum
    Sep 13, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Very hot actress and Brosnan is good. They towed the jewish-supremacist hollywood line. Teasing a jewish character as the bad guy, then predictably making the a white christian evil incarnate Expand
  2. Dec 19, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm glad I decided to watch this movie despite the professional critic's reviews. How can you go wrong with Pierce Brosnan? In addition to him I thought the acting was top notch. I found the movie suspenseful and taut. Is it breaking new ground? No. It is a by-the-book espionage thriller. It would have been nice if Mason's (Devereaux's protege) decision to join sides with Devereaux in the end had been fleshed out more. But there didn't seem to be much room for that. Expand
  3. Aug 22, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Spy movies and espionage have come a long way, with more advanced tech to support the film. But every now and then a low-tech, traditional thriller enters the genre and feels heavily out of place but refreshing at the same time; this movie is The November Man. It features things like car chases and piano playing and negotiations held at fancy restaurants on a Mediterranean inlet; all the things the genre used to have, but have since been updated. While the movie itself feels a little too familiar in its plot and elements, it is nice to watch one of these kinds of films every once in a while as a guilty pleasure. Expand
  4. Aug 30, 2014
    5
    Overall an underwhelming movie. It's not that there are a lot of negatives but it's more along the lines that nothing in the movie reallyOverall an underwhelming movie. It's not that there are a lot of negatives but it's more along the lines that nothing in the movie really stands out as "amazing". The characters are all forgettable and you don't ever really get close to any of them. The plot isn't bad but you don't get to understand why the bad guys are so bad until too late in the movie and by then you're just waiting for the end. Recommend rent. Expand
  5. Sep 1, 2014
    5
    Lots of action, but not much work on the story line. The budding romance story line doesn't much work. Brosnan's character is pretty muchLots of action, but not much work on the story line. The budding romance story line doesn't much work. Brosnan's character is pretty much one-dimensional. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2014
    4
    Though it has some interesting unconventional and quiet intriguing plot lines,The November Man is a convoluted mess with too many plot lines,Though it has some interesting unconventional and quiet intriguing plot lines,The November Man is a convoluted mess with too many plot lines, too many characters,way to much dialogue and a bunch of dull boring action scenes that are not riveting in any way. Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Went to this movie expecting a James Bond type thriller with the class Pierce Brosnan is known for. This movie was anything but. Quite frankly, it was down right offensive. It should have been rated X or NC-17.

    The movie reminded me of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sabotage in that it came across as a desperate attempt by an aging star to change or "enhance" his image by appearing in a violent movie that had no redeeming value whatsoever.

    There's a rape scene of a minor presented in flashbacks, which made my skin crawl. Besides gratuitous nudity, there is a sex scene in which they showed a little too much. The violence is rather graphic.

    The story line was implausible and made little sense. It made "The Recruit" with Al Pacino & Colin Farrell look like an Oscar winning screen play.

    There are better ways to spend your time and money.
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