While it's not a perfect female-centric spy thriller (let's keep trying), Atomic Blonde winks to the future with exciting possibilities.
8/3/2017 by Andrea Gronvall
Adapting Sam Hart and Antony Johnston's graphic novel The Coldest City, Kurt Johnstad has written a smart exploitation thriller.
8/2/2017 by David Sims
The action in Atomic Blonde is top-shelf; but the plot that knits it together, crucial to any good spy film, is a whole lot flimsier.
7/31/2017 by Alison Willmore
It's a calorie-free serving of simple pleasures, and sometimes that's exactly what you need.
7/29/2017 by Thelma Adams
Can a woman step into James Bond's shoes? Duh, says Charlize Theron as she performs the cold-as-ice secret agent shtick backwards, and in red patent-leather stilettos, in the engaging spy-vs-spy thriller Atomic Blonde.
New York Magazine/Vulture
7/28/2017 by David Edelstein
You don't go to operas for dancing or ballets for singing, and you don't see Atomic Blonde for anything but a badass female protagonist crunching bones and pulping faces in gratifyingly long takes or remarkable simulations thereof.
San Diego Reader
7/28/2017 by Matthew Lickona
Perhaps it's not surprising that [Leitch] winds up with something that feels like a tough-minded drama rejiggered into a hard-bodied action-adventure. But it is a bit disappointing. Still, there are consolations.
Globe and Mail
7/28/2017 by Barry Hertz
Atomic Blonde is bold, brazen and frequently bonkers. But it's also killer.
7/28/2017 by Adam Graham
The way it detonates off the screen makes the film live up to its name. It's atomic, and it's a blast.
New York Post
7/28/2017 by Sara Stewart
Theron makes one hell of a superspy, and it's high time she got her "John Wick" moment.
7/27/2017 by Moira MacDonald
While it's still an enjoyable novelty to spend time during an action movie wondering where I could buy the hero's boots, it's no substitute for a good story.
Atomic Blonde may be high in empty calories, but craftsmanship of this level is rare and exhilarating, and worth surviving some muddled plotting to appreciate.
The New Republic
7/27/2017 by Josephine Livingstone
Atomic Blonde is the proverbial stained-glass window, only made of very bright and unsubtle neon. Unhindered by other pretensions, however, it marks a brilliant new phase in Theron's career.
Wall Street Journal
7/27/2017 by Joe Morgenstern
As strong and formidable and commandingly tall as Ms. Theron is, she can't rise above the gloom.
7/27/2017 by Alonso Duralde
Should this be a series, audiences can look back on Atomic Blonde as the erratic-but-on-to-something near miss that it is, in the way that 007 fans honor Dr. No but acknowledge Goldfinger was where the franchise really took flight.
7/27/2017 by Peter Howell
If the James Bond franchise people ever get creative and cast a female 007, Charlize Theron will have to be high on their list of possible candidates.