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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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United Kingdom, USA

2017

Rated R • 2h 21m

Director Matthew Vaughn

Starring Taron Egerton, Edward Holcroft, Gordon Alexander, Mark Strong

Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

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With their home base destroyed, the Kingsmen are forced to partner up with their American equivalents known as the Statesmen to stop a plot involving a deadly virus. But when an old friend returns from the grave, things get vastly more complicated.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Eddie Godino Profile picture for Eddie Godino

While not nearly as memorable as the first film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle still manages to entertain with its phenomenal action sequences and strong cast. The film also has a new relevancy in the era of Covid, as the villain's plot involves unleashing a deadly pandemic across the globe. However, the overall mediocrity of the film forces one to question this series' ability to helm a full-on franchise akin to James Bond. Kingsman certainly has heart, but needs something more to distinguish itself, and this installment doesn't quite provide that.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

80

Empire by Dan Jolin

As ultraviolent as the first film, and as ultrasmutty, The Golden Circle will leave the Kingsfans grinning, even if its characters have less growing to do this time around.
85

IGN by Jim Vejvoda

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is as cheeky, cartoonish, and crazy as its predecessor, but it’s also commendably unafraid to demolish what had come before it if it’s in service of the story. The new dynamic between Eggsy and his team is great, and the Statesman prove amusing counterparts to these gentlemen spies from across the pond.
67

The Playlist by Kimber Myers

Vaughn’s film is overflowing with big set pieces, but all those epic action sequences amount to a running time clocking nearly two and a half hours – and not much else. Like fireworks, they’re awe-inspiring while you’re watching, but there’s little left to marvel at after the show’s over.
60

We Got This Covered by Matt Donato

Vaughn sticks to what he knows with his Kingsman sequel but rarely ups the ante, making this a fun-enough entry into an already-too-familiar franchise.
50

Variety by Peter Debruge

It is all aggressively stylized, abusively fast-paced and ear-bleedingly loud, relying so heavily on CGI that nothing — not one thing — seems to correspond to the real world.
40

Screen International by Tim Grierson

As kinetic as its predecessor — and just as belaboured — Kingsman: The Golden Circle serves up another batch of hyper-stylised action, irreverent humour and sharp threads, resulting in a film that’s not nearly as cool as it thinks it is.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

This fleet-footed, glibly imaginative international romp stays on its toes and keeps its wits about it most of the time, with entertaining and pointedly U.S.-friendly cast additions.

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