There’s no question that “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” packs a punch in the looks department. The Guy Ritchie-directed film stars Henry Cavill and equally handsome Armie Hammer as opposing agents who put aside their differences to help stop a mysterious international criminal organization.
But where the film gains in eye candy (you also can’t forget about gorgeous starlet Alicia Vikander), does it lack in everything else?
Rotten Tomatoes gives the fresh take on the popular ‘60s TV series a 64 percent rating, with critics arguing that the fashion in the film is fierce, but the acting and plot are subpar.
“‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ is an action movie that’s a little bit ashamed to be an action movie. It’s a seduction played out on the audience, and it works. It may a thin, it even may be a little forgettable, but it’s a good-time film for a good-time evening, and leaves you with only the sexiest sort of guilt.” — William Bibbiani, CraveOnline.com
“It’s the type of film that’s more interested in having side characters say pretty things like ‘I’m on a strict diet of champagne and caviar,’ and making sure model-like hotel clerks submit within minutes of casual propositions, than it is in its main story.” — Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
But for some, the film is near flawless.
“It is one of those rare birds that manages to take the source material and do right by its predecessor, while having its own fun creating a unique avenue of enjoyment. The chemistry between the three leads is magnificent, and the film doesn’t run so much as glide through its entirety; taking you, the audience, along for the ride.” — Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend.com