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Kingsman: The Secret Service – Matthew Vaughn

About the Movie

A super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a dire global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. A phenomenal cast, including Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine, lead this action-packed spy-thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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74%

  • Reviews Counted: 230
  • Fresh: 170
  • Rotten: 60
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics’ Reviews

Rotten: The problem is that Mr. Vaughn has no interest in, or perhaps understanding of, violence as a cinematic tool. He doesn’t use violence; he squanders it. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Feb 12, 2015

Fresh: On Day One of filming, they must have thrown away the moral compass and taken a group vow to splatter our sensibilities with stylish, gratuitous violence and one “Wait, what?!” moment after another. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Feb 26, 2015

Fresh: Based on a comic book, Kingsman occasionally betrays its roots but Vaughn has adapted it to fit his unique approach. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Feb 13, 2015

Fresh: Good show, lads. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Jul 13, 2015

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Customer Reviews

WARNING: Made for 16-year-old boys only.

I purchased this movie based on having read several reviews, which were all basically glowing: They said it was a fast-moving spy movie spoof with great actors. However, as it turns out, the reviewers were channeling their inner 16-year-old boy–with the emotional depth of piece of photocopy paper and the sophistication of a can of SpaghettiOs.

I started watching the movie thinking that with these reviews and all of these fine actors: Colin Firth (way too good for this movie), Mark Strong (who is a wickedly smart actor), Samuel L. Jackson (what is he not in?, Michael Caine (hasn’t he retired yet on all that Batman money?)–all fabulous actors, that the film would be good escapist fun:a tongue-in-cheek spy action thriller aimed at an adult audience.

What I got instead was scene after scene of wasted actors trapped in vapid, worse than cardboard cutout characters, in a story that appeared to go nowhere. Here I place the blame on the script and the director. Period. Putting up with the lisp on Jackson’s character was bad enough, but by the time it got to the exploding heads, it was just plain stupid. And the violence? Really? What for? If you look up “gratuitous violence” in a dictionary, it will read “Kingsman.”

And the final scene of a woman’s butt is just, well, for 16-year-old boys. If you’re over 16 years of age, don’t waste your time on this one–there are plenty of other fun, big budget spy spoof drama/comedies on the market that are aimed at adults.

All I can say is that the A-list actors who slummed it for this must have been paid very well. And I love movies. But this was a dog–with fleas. I’m surprised my head didn’t explode after painfully sitting through this adolescent pablum.

I didn’t sign up for that!

I really enjoyed the movie… and then at the end… it decided to turn from a classy English bada$$ movie to a shock humor vulgar movie.. Throughout the movie i thought “This would be fun to watch with my teenage sons.” Thank God I didn’t. IT WAS A CHEAP SHOT and I don’t appreciate it. Just left me feeling bad. Thanks for nothing.

Right…

So first off, don’t go into this movie expecting anything serious. This movie is supposed to be fun, ridiculous, all over the place, and pure badassery incarnate. This is basically a revival of the old Bond films, what with your gentlemen spies, awesome gadgets, and over the top yet exciting villains. And on top of that, you have characters you’ll actually care about. Really. Sure, you have your sad, character-developing parts sometimes, and there’s one scene that broke my heart (you’ll know once you see it), but this movie is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top, laugh-out-loud fun. And the raunchy scene at the very end is sure to piss a few people off, as it didn’t feel completely necessary, but like I said earlier, take it with a grain of salt. This movie is loud, expertly filmed and choreographed, and Firth’s infamous church scene left me speechless for many reasons. I highly recommend this movie for a good laugh and a good, roaring time. Will definitely see this movie more than once!

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2015

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