Tuesday, February 7, 2023


August 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics agree that November Man is simply one of those hopeless films that studios toss out — rather than release — on the Labor Day weekend because they expect few moviegoers will turn up at the box office anyway. And while Pierce Brosnan returns to the screen as a secret agent, this film, which reportedly cost around $12 million to make, is no James Bond blockbuster. Ann Hornady in the Washington Post sums up this way: "The November Man turns out to be the classic August movie: a triumph of competence over imagination and schlock over taste." The critics do spare Brosnan their scorn. Robert Abele writes in the Los Angeles Times: "Brosnan is aging quite nicely as a leading man, but even his residual appeal running around again in agent mode is diluted by the character’s inconsistencies, a hindrance unaided by the screenplay’s silly soup of the gritty and the ridiculous." And while he indicates that the convoluted plot makes little sense, he acknowledges, "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 [co-star Olga] Kurylenko’s beauty." And Peter Hartlaub in the San Francisco Chronicle concludes that the movie "isn’t worthy of Brosnan’s audience-friendly legacy. Often frustrating and at times incomprehensible … the film looks as if it went through a dozen rewrites, and no one bothered to check to ensure the newer drafts continued to make sense." But Kyle Smith of the New York Post is not willing to let Brosnan, who is also credited as a producer of the film, off the hook. "Brosnan, doing what he incorrectly believes to be an American accent," he writes, "seems far too wrinkly to be pistol-whipping lads not yet born when the last Remington Steele rerun went off the air."