When one person comes out and claims that Skyfall is the best Bond film to ever be released, you can’t help but raise an eyebrow. But when the reviews began to pour in, maybe there’s something to it. For the spy’s fiftieth anniversary instead of a retirement party, Bond has made a smashing return and fans couldn’t be happier. So what is everyone saying about it? Here’s a peek at some of the nation’s top critics thoughts on ‘Skyfall.’

The Good:

Roger Ebert:

This is a brand-new Bond with love and respect for the old Bond. This is dramatized during Bond’s visit to the weathered Scottish mansion inhabited by Kincade (Albert Finney), which has secrets to divulge and continues the movie’s rewriting of the character’s back story… Just as Christopher Nolan gave rebirth to the Batman movies in “The Dark Knight,” here is James Bond lifted up, dusted off, set back on his feet and ready for another 50 years.

The NY Times:

Mr. Mendes, a British film and theater director whose dubious screen achievements include embalming the American dream in “Revolutionary Road,” gets Bond just right in a story that first turns on a domestic threat and then on a personal one. Mr. Mendes grasps the spy’s existential center, as typified by the ritualistic mano a mano grappling that almost every action movie now deploys to signal that, when push comes to punch, the hero can still kill with his bare hands.

ScreenCrave:

Skyfall offers the triumphant return of James Bond for his fiftieth anniversary. But Daniel Craig‘s Bond gets no pensioner’s watch for his service,  instead he gets one of the best entries in the franchise. Offering one of the greatest casts and the best cinematography in the franchise’s long history, Skyfall is the event blockbuster you want out of every summer movie that comes out. Skyfall delivers, and then some.

The So-So:

SF Gate:

Daniel Craig is still the second-best Bond ever, but he is falling into the Timothy Dalton trap of emphasizing the darker aspects of the character and blocking out the light. It says something when you leave a Bond movie feeling nostalgic for the radiant self-satisfaction of the Roger Moore Bond. Craig’s Bond could use some cheering up.

The Bad:

The Village Voice:

At nearly two and a half hours long, it’s the September issue of Bond movies, bloated with story to fill out the spaces between product placements, with much of that story lardy psychological exposition—even the enigmatic title turns out to be key to Bond’s formative sads. Skyfall pays lip service to embracing 007′s unique tradition while actively attempting to reposition Bond as a kind of cousin to caped crusaders.

Boston Globe:

For all of “Skyfall,” I thought about the most recent “Mission: Impossible” — “Ghost Protocol” — a movie that didn’t need to exist and was seemingly delighted by its own extravagance.

For the most part the positives outnumber the negative reviews by a lot. Currently the film is at 81% on Metacritic (which averages the grades, meaning the film has recieved a B average from critics) while Rotten Tomatoes has the film at 93%. Currently the film is on track for a huge opening weekend with $4.6 Million already made from midnight and Imax Thursday shows.

What do you think of the new James Bond film?