Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  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: James Rocchi
    Aug 26, 2014
    68
    A nicely-made action-thriller, one with analog car chases and non-digital explosions, like a long tall glass of cold water in a world that mostly offers you Bud Light or Crystal Pepsi.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 28, 2014
    63
    A predictable espionage thriller undercut further by loose ends left dangling, November Man is worth seeing only for Pierce Brosnan's dynamic lead performance.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 28, 2014
    60
    Appropriately pulpy — fuss-free and fast.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 14, 2014
    60
    Though the film's cat-and-mouse scenes hardly compare to those in a Bourne movie, they're enjoyable and only occasionally ridiculous.
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Aug 27, 2014
    58
    Too frequently, the movie also treats its female characters as props to be shuffled in and out of danger as the screenplay requires — a nasty tendency that undermines its ongoing (and murkily argued) debate about whether a successful agent can maintain his humanity.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 27, 2014
    58
    Makes good, unobtrusive use of its European locations, and has a couple of well-orchestrated urban chase scenes. But, even in these days of renewed U.S.-Russian tensions, its Cold War demeanor feels anachronistic, and its simple cynicism comes off as recycled and cheap.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Aug 27, 2014
    50
    The November Man is diligently executed, and Brosnan gives a fine performance as an action hero who can convey a character’s thought processes as well as deliver a punch.
  11. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 27, 2014
    50
    The November Man is one of those thrillers that grows progressively more incoherent, and it simply isn’t fast enough to glide over its gaping narrative holes.
  12. Reviewed by: Jason Clark
    Aug 27, 2014
    50
    The utter lack of originality eventually sinks the movie.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Aug 27, 2014
    50
    The November Man wants to be taken seriously, except when it doesn't. This creates viewer whiplash. The movie is confused and often untrustworthy.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 26, 2014
    50
    Sadly, the film rapidly devolves into an AARP version of a Jason Bourne-like vendetta, only bloodier and less meaningful.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 26, 2014
    50
    Although The November Man shows us some attractive people in motion, the cumulative effect leaves us neither shaken nor stirred.
  16. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Aug 26, 2014
    50
    There is something to be said for a thriller that rips along with no regard for anything other than its own pace, coasting on Mr. Brosnan’s blunter-than-Bond suavity and Ms. Kurylenko’s beauty.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 9, 2014
    40
    There’s no way around this: The November Man is asinine. It is not without its pleasures – if you like seeing people get hit in the face with shovels, that is – but it might be the most irresponsibly dumb spy thriller I’ve seen in some time.
  19. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 28, 2014
    40
    In their engaging, fast-paced and ultimately ludicrous combo of espionage and mayhem, the makers of The November Man give us a very Putin-like villain in Arkady Federov (veteran Serbian actor Lazar Ristovski).
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 27, 2014
    40
    The November Man doesn’t pause for a moment’s breath, which tightens up the action at the expense of clarity, character development, wit, politics, themes, subtext, and all the other things that can go into a thriller besides bang-bang and crash-crash.
  22. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Aug 27, 2014
    38
    Roger Donaldson embellishes an already overly plotty scenario with hollowly attractive genre superfluities.
  23. 38
    A humorless, muddled, bloody and generally unpleasant thriller.
  24. 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.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 26, 2014
    30
    It's called The November Man, but it's really just another forgettable August release.
  26. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 26, 2014
    30
    Even in the lazy days of late August, this movie is hardly worth the price of popcorn.
  27. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Aug 14, 2014
    30
    Runs through spy-movie cliches with such dogged obligation that it often plays like a YouTube compilation of scenes from older, better thrillers, generating little overall tension and only occasionally approaching basic coherence.
  28. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 28, 2014
    25
    The November Man turns out to be the classic August movie: a triumph of competence over imagination and schlock over taste. Its highest value lies in reminding filmgoers that fall can’t come too soon.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 26, 2014
    25
    Often frustrating and at times incomprehensible, the Bourne/Bond clone keeps the pulse racing but ultimately fails to satisfy.
  30. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Aug 14, 2014
    20
    This is the sort of film where the plot and even the action become so uninteresting that you start asking plausibility questions.
  31. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 26, 2014
    12
    This one resembles a James Bond film about as much as Belgrade resembles London.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Aug 27, 2014
    3
    I'm a big Pierce Brosnan fan and after seeing the movie, it simply didn't have the energy and structure of an action or spy movie. It was filled in with too many pointless and inconsistent moments, both of the star characters, including Brosnan, felt like they were only putting in so little effort it was noticeable. There was a lot of talking, the story didn't make sense or engrossing at a lot of times, and some facepalm moments at what the characters were doing.

    The only reason I give it a 3 is because the last quarter of the movie was half-decent and delivered close to par and got my interest, but if the movie was revolved more around the pace of this last quarter it would've delivered a much better movie, probably soaring it to a 6 or 7 at least. But that's considering someone stays to watch it that long because a couple of people did walk out of the movie theater because of an obnoxious sex scene that confirmed their belief it was a terrible movie and a very brutal stab scene, with the latter even making me consider myself to walk out because it was a big 'WTF' moment.

    Overall, I wouldn't recommend it, even for a Pierce Brosnan fan even being one myself, the structure was very boring, unfulfilling, and messed up in places, and this is coming from someone who happens to like a lot of movies and rather forgiving on some of the less liked movies.
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  2. Sep 2, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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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  3. Aug 29, 2014
    5
    Pierce Brosnan's character is a cross between 007 (sans the suave) and Jason Bourne (twice the age). He's an ex-CIA agent out to protect a woman (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose an international conspiracy, while matching wits and blows with his protégé (Luke Bracey). Nothing new here: chases and pursuits, an uncountable body count, some hi-tech paranoia and inevitable plot twists. That being said, it's adequately put together, usually well-paced (although a tad too long) and moderately entertaining. A passable September placeholder till the good releases return in October. Full Review »