The Grade Book: “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

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The Grade Book: Kingsman: The Secret Service 


Plot: A global threat from a tech genius emerges as a young man enters a training program for a secret spy organization.

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writers: Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn (based on the comic book by “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons).

Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, and Mark Hamill

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Running Time:  2 hours and 9 minutes

U.S. Release Date: February 13th, 2015

MPAA Rating: R (for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content)




(Lowest Grade Given: C-, Highest Grade Given: A+)

CONSENSUS: Kingsman: The Secret Service feels like a hybrid of Kick-Ass and a James Bond film in the best way possible — full of sensational action, sharp humor, and stand-out performances.


Ian Bulaclac (WLF Fan)

Grade: A-

Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of the best action films of 2015 so far. It’s so much fun and it has some great performances in it, especially from Taron Egerton — who really stood out for me. I highly recommend it for anyone that likes the ultra-violence of Kick-Ass with the feel of a James Bond movie. 

Clay Bloodworth (WLF Critic)

Grade: C-

Solely focusing on action instead of substance, the film never goes anywhere — quickly becoming a series of meaningless gags and fight scenes.

Ray Cano (WLF Fan)

Grade: A-

A really fun spy film that hits on the comedy and action. It lost me at the end, though, on how over-the-top it got . But overall it’s as if 007 and Attack the Block chilled at a bar together.

Justin Cook (WLF Critic)

Grade: B+

An outrageous, exciting and confident spy film that manages to keep one eye on the action and one eye winking at the audience. Both Samuel L. Jackson and newcomer Taron Egerton immerse themselves into their roles and keep the movie from ever getting too serious. Kingsman may get a bit carried away with itself at times, but it’s all in good fun. Plus, the film’s “church scene” alone is worth the price of a ticket.

Tony Estrada (WLF Critic)

Grade: B

It’s Kick-Ass and James Bond together indeed and it’s really fun. The movie, however, does lack potential for more action to keep the adrenaline going, as well as a finale which had cool action but lacked tension for the most part. It also focused a little too much on the training sequences — which did make the movie drag at moments in my opinion. Even with the issues, the movie keeps it fresh and fun with the very violent and cool action sequences, solid writing, fresh direction by Matthew Vaughn, and great performances from the cast. 

Chad Gleason (WLF Critic)

Grade: A

Action movies like this don’t get more perfect. There were about three moments in the film I actually clapped after. I really hope this becomes a franchise. Congratulations to all involved!

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Viktor Guizar (WLF Fan)

Grade: A-

Matthew Vaughn has done it again. He took a genre that has been getting a little too serious and gave it back the fun it deserves without loosing the essence and charm of classic spy movies. Kingsman is a fun tribute to spy movies that reinvents the genre and is one of the funniest and most original action movies in recent years.

Leah Hather (WLF Critic)

Grade: A

The daring approach to mix violence, bad language and comedy whilst choosing a top-notch cast is what makes the film so entertaining and can guarantee people will want seconds.

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Nick Iacobucci (WLF Critic)

Grade: A-

Though not perfect “Kingsman” is nothing short of a breath of fresh air when it comes to the spy genre. Fast, action packed, and very bloody good fun make up this would be franchise in the making. And Colin Firth was great as usual!

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Mark Krawczyk (WLF Critic)

Grade: A

Imagine if the movie Kick-Ass and the James Bond films had a baby. That would be this film. By far one of the better modern action films. Colin Firth and everyone involved put their all in this film. After seeing this film I will never hear the song “Freebird” quite the same way again.

Jerry Leal (WLF Fan)

Grade: A-

Every character has a purpose in the film and it really goes on similar to 22 Jump Street in that it is self-aware and pretty funny at times. The only reason I give it an A- is because I wish it was longer. This movie is worth a ticket to the movies! A really fun time and no whips or shades of grey included. 

Zachary Marsh (WLF Critic)

Grade: A+

Ballsy, action-infused, and just flat out awesome are only a few words to describe the first, in my eyes, perfect movie of 2014. Colin Firth kicks ass, Taron Egerton shows potential as a rising star, and Samuel L. Jackson is a fun villain. Not to mention, this film has one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in a long time. Bring on the sequel!

Austin Putnam (WLF Critic)

Grade: A-

This is a love letter to the old James Bond films, but with a twist of awesome ultra-violence. Hope to see more from Kingsman!

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Daniel Rester (WLF Critic)

Grade: A-

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a breath of fresh air for spy and action film junkies. The film is perhaps too crass, bloody, and self-indulgent at times, but its accomplishments trump its minor flaws. The action set pieces are exceptional, the writing is sharp, and the cast is a blast to watch. This is the first great film of 2015.

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Luke Robinson (WLF Fan)

Grade: A+

If James Bond was rebooted for the 21st Century, you’d have Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Bryan Sudfield (WLF Critic)

Grade: A

What an awesome film this was! Entertaining from beginning to end! The action sequences were well done, the writing was solid, the direction was superb and the acting was bad-ass. Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson were the standouts of the film. Taron Egerton was great and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does in the future. Overall, this is the first great movie of 2015! 

Kyle Wilkins (WLF Fan)

Grade: A

Kingsman was fantastic! I’m calling it: best Acton film of 2015. I love this film so much!


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