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New Kingsman,The Secret Service movie got mixed reviews from top critics. 20th Century FOX released their new action/thriller flick, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that they were pretty mixed about it, giving it an overall 59 score out of a possible 100 across 35 reviews at

The movie stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. We’ve included blurbs from a few of the critics,below.

Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a nice 88 score, saying: “Firth is brilliant. He’s playing a veteran super spy in a very violent but very silly movie, but even when Harry is explaining why there’s a dead stuffed dog in his bathroom, Firth gives a disciplined, serious performance.”

James Rocchi at the TheWrap, gave it an 80 grade. He said: “Kingsman: The Secret Service is a startlingly enjoyable and well-made action film leavened by humor and slicked along by style, made by, for, and about people who’ve seen far too many Bond films.”

Tom Russo at the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 score, saying: “It’s also a movie that further establishes Vaughn as one of the edgier and more underrated genre voices of the moment, and that makes us wonder why Colin Firth hasn’t indulged in an action sideline all along.”

Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 75 grade. She said: “Mashing up satire, subtle social commentary, clever gadgetry, keen wit and high-octane style, this spy saga — based on the comic book series The Secret Service — is bolstered by a terrific cast.”

Peter Travers at Rolling Stone, gave it a 75 score, stating: “Kingsman is all over the place, sometimes to its detriment. But you won’t want to miss the surprises it delights in springing.”

Joe McGovern over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 grade, saying: ” Speaking of young men, newcomer Taron Egerton, playing Harry’s protégé, delivers a star-making performance flush with the kind of charm and unexpected gravitas that no amount of flashy filmmaking can fake.”

Sheri Linden at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 score, stating: “Director Matthew Vaughn strikes an energetic balance between cartoonish action and character-driven drama… The mix grows less seamless and the story loses oomph as it barrels toward its doomsday countdown, but the cast’s dash and humor never flag.”

Peter Debruge at Variety, gave it a 70 grade. He stated: ” While seriousness has overtaken the Bond franchise in recent years (hardly a bad thing, mind you), Kingsman runs no such risk. Vaughn welcomes details that might seem silly in another director’s hands, such as a bulletproof umbrella or tiny microchips that can make one’s head explode, presenting everything playfully enough that plausibility isn’t a factor.”

Peter Sobczynski over at, gave it a 50 score,stating: “It sounds fun in theory, I guess, and there are some entertaining moments of rude irreverence here and there but the giddiness gets a bit tedious after a while.”

Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “Mr. Firth gives his all, and then some. He’s very funny, even touching, when the material allows him to be. Yet the production, directed by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”) from a screenplay he wrote with Jane Goldman, can’t contain its centrifugal force.”

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 score. He said: “It tries to get by on charm, and like a lot of movies, and people who make that attempt, “Kingsman” does have charm — just not enough.”

Manohla Dargis over at The New York Times, gave it a 40 grade, saying: “The problem is that Mr. Vaughn has no interest in, or perhaps understanding of, violence as a cinematic tool. He doesn’t use violence; he squanders it.”

Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score. She said: ” Half amusing and half appalling, Matthew Vaughn’s shameless spy caper Kingsman: The Secret Service is ultimately done in by its own hypocrisy.”

Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 38 score, saying: “Silly, sadistic and finally a little galling, Kingsman: The Secret Service answers the question: What would Colin Firth have been like if he’d played James Bond?”

Lastly, Kyle Smith from the New York Post, gave it a sad 25 score, claiming: “Kingsman: The Secret Service borrows the tone, story, characters and humor of “Kick-Ass,” only this time in a 007 world instead of Batman’s. Nearly everything it does, it does poorly: This one is “Weak-Ass.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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