The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

A classic 1960s TV spy series gets the blockbuster treatment, written and directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes). Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) are slick Cold War agents from opposing sides forced to team up.

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, centers on CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation, which is bent on destabilising the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organisation...

2015Rating: M, Violence116 minsUSA,
ActionAdventure
Director:
Guy Ritchie ('Sherlock Holmes', 'Snatch', 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels')
Writer:
Guy RitchieLionel Wigram
Cast:
Henry CavillArmie HammerAlicia VikanderElizabeth DebickiHugh Grant

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. / Reviews

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

So this is what Guy Ritchie’s career looks like now. Coming off back-to-back juiced-up Sherlock Holmes reboots, Ritchie continues to carve a little niche for himself as the go-to-hack for resurrecting creaky properties for the ADD-afflicted modern age with this update of ‘60s spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (next up: King Arthur).

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Variety

Variety

An unusually restrained Guy Ritchie serves up solid entertainment with a classy touch, but bland leads and no-sizzle chemistry make this slick '60s TV adaptation forgettable.

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Total Film

Total Film

While it lacks a memorable villain, and the central pairing fizzes but never sparks, the film gets by on its vintage charm and a third act upswing - and, for all its messiness, it'd be a shame not to see Solo and Kuryakin rutting horns again.

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Time Out

Time Out

Has enough style and smarts to make it an amusingly louche summer movie: a cultivated mix of action and wit, suits and cities.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Ritchie makes the kind of enjoyably disreputable movies that are fun to watch until they're not.

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Stuff

Stuff

An enjoyably daft, but stylish night out.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It all winds up feeling hollow and even slightly oppressive, an enforced sense of fun jabbed within quotation marks. It aims for a silky lightness of touch but lands like a dropped slab of concrete.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It's not bad but not quite good enough either.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Cavill and Hammer are made for each other, but the film can’t always find the pyrotechnics to match their chemistry.

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