With The Man from UNCLE the reviewers got with Director Guy Ritchie was trying to do with the film but many felt it did not work and the stars a bad fit.
Which camp you are in depends on your motivation for seeing the film.
Guy Richie intended to make a modern version of the classic 1960’s James Bond films and has used the UNCLE tv series as his vehicle to recreate this world.
New York Times
The Man from UNCLE review by Manohla Dargis
[quote_box_center]There’s a lot to be said for watching beautiful people doing very silly stuff on screen.
Alicia Vikander… plays Gaby, one of those amusingly all-purpose characters… Mostly, she is the regulation Girl and narrative bridge uniting the new Napoleon (Henry Cavill, a charming stiff who seems mostly interested in trying to mimic Mr Vaughn’s staccato) with the new Illya (Armie Hammer, easier on the eyes than ears).[/quote_box_center]
Rating: 4 Stars, From our reading of the review Full Review
The Man from UNCLE review by Mark Olsen
[quote_box_center]In the hands of director and co-writer Guy Ritchie, it all winds up feeling hollow and even slightly oppressive, an enforced sense of fun jabbed within quotation marks. It aims for a silky lightness of touch but lands like a dropped slab of concrete.
The film feel like some kind of unintended treatise on the indescribable essence of movie stardom, as Cavill and Hammer are no Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law.[/quote_box_center]
Rating: 2 stars From our reading of the review Full Review
The Guardian (UK)
The Man from UNCLE review by Peter Bradshaw
[quote_box_center]The high-octane thrill of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock [Holmes] films has been replaced by boring, hot guys suavely saving the world in this remake of the 60s TV show.
the prospect of more UNCLE films like this makes me worry that the bad guys are releasing nerve-paralysis gas into cinemas inducing symptoms identical to fatal boredom.[/quote_box_center]
Rating: 2 stars Full Review
The Man from UNCLE review by Chris Nashawaty
[quote_box_center]Long on style but short on substance, Guy Ritchie’s ring-a-ding-ding Cold War spy thriller attempts to resurrect a mothballed ’60s TV series the way that Mission: Impossible did. It doesn’t work this time.[/quote_box_center]
Rating: C- (2 Stars) Full Review