Daniel Smith
Chris Nashawaty
August 11, 2015 AT 02:17 PM EDT

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
116 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/14/15
performer
Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer
director
Guy Ritchie
genre
ActionAdventure, Comedy

We gave it a C-

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. Henry Cavill, who manages to be even less charismatic here than he was in Man of Steel, stars as Napoleon Solo—a suave, Don Draper-esque American agent forced to team up with a dour KGB brute (Armie Hammer behind a thick Russian moose-and-squirrel accent) to find the nuclear-scientist father of a mysterious German beauty (Alicia Vikander). The early-’60s styles are chic, the Euro locales are swank, and the music cues (including a nod to Ennio Morricone’s Once Upon a Time in the West score) are fantastic. Too bad the plot and the lead performances are so lifeless. The only bit of fun arrives when Hugh Grant, playing a lockjawed British spymaster, shows up to set the table for a sequel that I predict will never happen. C–

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