"Sam Mendes lets the quieter moments breathe, and a conversation between Bond and Silva that's simply buttered with innuendo drew cheers at an early preview screening.
But Mendes is rather good at being loud, too, and his nine times Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins makes the wildly ambitious action sequences the most beautiful in Bond's 50-year career. (The release of Skyfall marks the series’ half-centenary.)
The sensational Istanbul prologue is soon bettered by the Shanghai segment, where Bond pursues an assassin through a soaring glass skyscraper lit up like a neon Aurora Borealis.
It's pearls like these, not to mention the deliriously arch fight scene involving two komodo dragons, that give Mendes’s film enough momentum to power through its scrappy third act, when Silva's diabolical plans start to feel a tad scattershot, even for a Bond villain."
- The Telegraph: Robbie Collin
"Bounding back four years after the sour stasis of Quantum of Solace and 50 years after Mr Bond ordered his first martini on screen, this freshly oxygenated entry - the third starring the totally captivating cool cucumber Daniel Craig as Agent 007 - is both an elegy and a mission statement. It's also a great, long-lasting jolt of pleasure."
- Entertainment Weekly: Lisa Schwarzbaum
"The most significant reset of the 23-film series that's unconnected to a change of the actor playing 007, this long-awaited third outing for Daniel Craig feels more seriously connected to real-world concerns than any previous entry, despite the usual outlandish action scenes, glittering settings and larger-than-life characters.
Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film certainly will be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now.
- The Hollywood Reporter: Todd McCarthy
"There's some lazy repetition in Skyfall, the badinage is often perfunctory and Bond is as usual captured too easily and too easily escapes.
But overall it's admirably staged, has a suitably sombre look, and the oddly moving final scenes have an elegiac grace and a tragic sense that the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service only hints at.
At the centre, Craig manages to get out of the shadow of Connery. He's the only Bond so far who might also have played Alec Leamas, the downbeat hero of le Carre's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
Alongside him, Judi Dench suggests she could have played Smiley, which is more than one could say of Stella Rimington.
- The Observer, Philip French
Now, from the fans:
Shobhaa De @DeShobhaa
Skyfall? Beyond brilliant.Freefall into fantasy.Craggy Craig was good. But Javier Bardem was outstanding - the real star.Bond with the best!
A muse sing @LoKarloFollow
Skyfall is not like the usual Bond movie, it's slow, sensible and very much realistic. Good one time watch.
"Skyfall" has shown me that: heroes are quite timeless; while villains are constantly evolving and often resurrected in different forms.
Ever time James Bond punches someone in the new film, I want him to scream "SKYFALL!"
Yo Skyfall is crazy! Love how they've incorporated real London and showed the MI6 building! It's never gona be the same now
Jodie Marsh @JodieMarsh
To summarise, Skyfall is like Home Alone but not as good. And there's a REALLY bad wig in it.
Scott Dicks @Concept_Scott
So Skyfall was absolutely insane! Whoever said its bad must have seen a different film!
Jack Leahy @Jack_Leahy
Skyfall is incredible. Daniel Craig is exquisite, Javier Bardem is a diamond and Judi Tench is a treasure.
James Davies @Bobgotbored
Well Skyfall was phenomenal. What an absolutely perfect piece of film making. Can't remember a film of its ilk that was better executed.Ryan Gallagher @ryangallagher
Skyfall is the movie that The Dark Knight Rises should have been.