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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: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  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. Aug 28, 2014
    9
    We enjoyed the movie very much. It kept us on the edge of our seats pretty much the whole movie trying to figure out what they were figuringWe enjoyed the movie very much. It kept us on the edge of our seats pretty much the whole movie trying to figure out what they were figuring out. Luke Bracey might be the next Bruce Willis type of star with looks like Brad Pitt (who is not an action star) and we always enjoy Pierce Bronson. I think I'll be reading the series of books this movie came from. Olga did another wonderful job with her beauty and acting from the shy range and then trying to be like the guys. It won't win any academy awards, but it is entertaining! Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2014
    8
    A realistic spy thriller with no obvious tag line or one-sentence summary. The writing was intelligent, the acting was solid, and theA realistic spy thriller with no obvious tag line or one-sentence summary. The writing was intelligent, the acting was solid, and the direction and editing were tight. Stunts and violence were given a stark presentation, without a gratuitous focus. After a brief setup that establishes the characters
    and story, it maintains a steady pace with continuous tension right up to the end. The surprises and reverses were plausible rather than shocking, and there wasn't much outside of the primary spy thriller plot (no subplots with humor, romance, etc.), so the appeal of the movie is probably restricted to those who are fans of the specific genre.
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  4. Mar 27, 2015
    5
    It's kind of like it takes Brosnan and tries too had to be a grittier Bond movie with more mature elements. It doesn't really work. The actionIt's kind of like it takes Brosnan and tries too had to be a grittier Bond movie with more mature elements. It doesn't really work. The action is satisfying as a result though. It's extra violent and can get very bloody. However the jumbled plot fails to give us a reason to care about the conflict or it's characters.

    It starts off vague and unclear. It's not unlike movies to leave us a in the dark for a little bit, but it takes a while for the film to even establish simple motives. It had me asking myself why any of this was going on. The moments feel like they are there to push forward a plot that hasn't been created yet. The movie opens with no story and keeps it that way for quite a while. Things take shape eventually, but it doesn't change the fact that none of it is interesting.

    Why should we care about Devereax's (Brosnan) former protege? His inclusion feels hollow and unnecessary. What's our lead's deal? Brosnan plays a character who has the potential to be deep. He's clearly been changed by the things he has done in his life and is a little unhinged, but he's never fleshed out. The movie leaves us with bland characters that just serve as a vehicle to deliver brutal action scenes.

    Oh, how glorious those scenes are. They pack a punch other spy movies don't. I have to admit, while his character is dull Brosnan plays the cold, calculating, and aged ex-cia operative well. Scenes where Devereaux is showing just how ruthless he can be are just as satisfying as the action scenes. It's nice to see an agent who isn't afraid to rough up the competition on his way to get answers.

    However it fails because you are never really invested in it's world thanks to the sub-par plot and characters. The latter of which just aren't fleshed out enough to be anything more than generic character types. It also tries too hard to cram in as much from other movies like it. These inclusions feel pointless. What was the point of having the Russian hit woman? She's barely used. What was the point of the gratuitous sex scene? What's really the point of any of this?

    It's generic one minute and pointless the next. Some good action isn't enough to make this mediocre flick worth a watch. Those who would want to see the former Bond star play a darker version of something similar are going to be left wanting the most.

    I give "The November Man" a 5.3/10.
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  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. Jan 31, 2015
    4
    It was nothing we haven't seen before. A spy movie with two past James Bond acotrs - Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace inIt was nothing we haven't seen before. A spy movie with two past James Bond acotrs - Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace in her case). A sort of twist, and yeah that's all there really is to this cheese. 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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