Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The November Man is Slick But Convoluted

Plus, As Above/So Below is only moderately spooky, and Ghostbusters is still a classic.

by | August 28, 2014 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a spy on the run (The November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko), some haunted explorers (As Above/So Below, starring Perdita Weeks and Ben Feldman/), and four supernatural elimination specialists (Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd). What do the critics have to say?

The November Man


Pierce Brosnan is best known for his stint as cinema’s greatest spy, James Bond. He plays a different sort of espionage agent in The November Man; unfortunately, critics say that while the film is slick and competently made, it suffers from convoluted plotting and middling dialogue. Brosnan stars as Peter Devereaux, an ex-CIA agent who’s lured out of retirement to protect an important witness. However, Devereaux quickly discovers that everyone’s out to get him. The pundits say that Brosnan is strong as a thoughtful, haunted protagonist, but The November Man is largely a generic spy thriller that’s weighted down by an overloaded narrative. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Brosnan’s best-reviewed films.)

As Above/So Below


What better place to set a horror movie than the catacombs beneath Paris, where the bones of millions of souls are part of an intricate series of dark tunnels? Critics say As Above/So Below occasionally takes full advantage of its chilling locale, but its characters aren’t particularly well-developed. It’s the story of three adventure seekers on a quest to find a mythical artifact. When they venture into the catacombs, however, they’re forced to confront horrors both tangible and psychological. The pundits say As Above/So Below is atmospheric and occasionally spooky, but it lacks the weight and urgency necessary to be a true head-trip.



If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Yes, that’s right: Ghostbusters, one of the most beloved comedies of the 1980s is back in theaters in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Critics found it to be a sublime blend of witty banter and inspired special effects, and it’s barely dated a lick since its original release.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Adult Swim BBC best Film Festival romance USA video on demand boxoffice 2016 emmy awards Film movies Avengers WarnerMedia asian-american TCA 2017 Epix comic books Holidays cancelled television spanish festival mission: impossible venice halloween tv Mary poppins Fall TV San Diego Comic-Con Christmas Elton John historical drama President children's TV canceled TV shows TIFF singing competition Marathons See It Skip It festivals Brie Larson TLC Quiz Hallmark anime adventure Toys GLAAD NYCC Rocky Comedy Central zombie Lifetime Netflix Christmas movies Valentine's Day OWN Biopics WGN cooking deadpool BBC One cancelled TV shows casting Grammys disaster GoT cats Rock sports Stephen King nature Nominations Starz transformers USA Network DGA 2017 Fox News game show APB aliens American Society of Cinematographers 20th Century Fox italian dramedy game of thrones comic cops chucky Sony Pictures Mary Poppins Returns black Cannes Character Guide Election Family Trivia Certified Fresh justice league cults adaptation Disney streaming service hispanic Columbia Pictures joker movie Mystery comics 2015 concert Lifetime Christmas movies First Reviews satire Black History Month Polls and Games Sneak Peek Creative Arts Emmys The Academy Pixar Ghostbusters latino foreign facebook TCM blaxploitation CMT Travel Channel The CW what to watch Food Network YouTube Premium Martial Arts FOX sitcom documentary hollywood Hulu Video Games Emmys Vudu Winners worst movies 24 frames werewolf Disney+ Disney Plus spinoff book Hear Us Out Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Oscars BET golden globes NBC supernatural Marvel reboot HBO Go DirecTV political drama Pop TV Musicals Amazon Cosplay The Arrangement crime thriller franchise Comic Book nbcuniversal natural history Red Carpet parents Apple Set visit Hallmark Christmas movies Action E3 Classic Film Drama Nat Geo TV Paramount Anna Paquin Peacock all-time Countdown Year in Review Emmy Nominations versus RT History Dark Horse Comics criterion Endgame screenings nfl PaleyFest Universal child's play christmas movies The Purge Pride Month TCA Awards true crime IFC crossover Television Critics Association HBO Max science fiction Sundance TV news spanish language 007 Television Academy revenge Western superhero vampires richard e. Grant Cartoon Network DC Comics Writers Guild of America indiana jones Infographic Walt Disney Pictures Box Office SundanceTV cancelled TV renewals IFC Films Shudder Crunchyroll MTV thriller Premiere Dates DC Universe biography Mindy Kaling archives die hard travel cinemax french name the review video CBS All Access south america stop motion Nickelodeon Thanksgiving CW Seed hist PlayStation A&E Amazon Prime Musical renewed TV shows HBO BET Awards 71st Emmy Awards Star Wars quibi Country tv talk Comedy Schedule CNN Shondaland Opinion RT21 serial killer robots animated Netflix rt archives politics football doctor who OneApp Pet Sematary theme song Captain marvel Disney LGBTQ directors PBS strong female leads Syfy Holiday unscripted breaking bad Amazon Studios Disney Channel cartoon Podcast 72 Emmy Awards Warner Bros. ESPN Spectrum Originals Disney Plus indie Turner Summer series crime james bond Tarantino The Walking Dead psycho The Witch VOD Music BBC America free movies diversity Freeform TBS Chernobyl ABC Family screen actors guild DC streaming service Showtime spider-man Britbox Arrowverse Spring TV TNT Tubi rotten movies we love Lionsgate stoner green book toronto medical drama Winter TV TruTV slashers Discovery Channel Teen award winner 21st Century Fox LGBT Trophy Talk VICE Esquire National Geographic spain X-Men A24 independent VH1 police drama romantic comedy Fox Searchlight comedies dceu Apple TV+ TCA Winter 2020 YouTube Red BAFTA Kids & Family 4/20 anthology dogs Rocketman Women's History Month Amazon Prime Video Awards Ellie Kemper finale toy story dragons Ovation ITV laika Star Trek cancelled TV series ghosts Logo 2019 YouTube Watching Series Funimation Interview composers zombies New York Comic Con television Song of Ice and Fire twilight Rom-Com ABC Tomatazos Animation films MCU japanese Black Mirror technology FX TCA Academy Awards zero dark thirty Bravo GIFs universal monsters Marvel Studios 2020 mockumentary Spike Photos Baby Yoda period drama stand-up comedy First Look Mary Tyler Moore Extras Sci-Fi MSNBC Mudbound psychological thriller E! Super Bowl reviews dc Reality docudrama critics remakes worst fast and furious talk show halloween TV Land binge mutant Superheroe Marvel Television CBS Sundance Now classics Fantasy Lucasfilm Apple TV Plus Calendar harry potter El Rey scary movies elevated horror FX on Hulu crime drama teaser Best and Worst Masterpiece Pirates batman discovery documentaries Trailer Tumblr Sundance sequel miniseries Crackle war blockbuster Horror space cars social media a nightmare on elm street Pop obituary Comics on TV Superheroes 45 Awards Tour dark SDCC based on movie spy thriller scorecard Acorn TV sequels History canceled Reality Competition witnail sag awards ratings Turner Classic Movies YA Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Heroines comiccon australia Paramount Network streaming SXSW ID kids rotten Binge Guide jamie lee curtis AMC FXX 2018