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Parents' Guide to

The November Man

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

So-so spy thriller has bloody violence, sex, drinking.

Movie R 2014 108 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

21+ CHILD RAPE/Graphic Rape/Strip Clubs/Nudity/Women being beat up

This is a horrible movie. A 15 year old child being raped is NOT entertainment. A beat up dead naked woman is NOT entertainment. A strip club where women are being used is NOT entertainment. The violence is graphic, The rape is graphic. The nudity is graphic. There are no redeeming qualities to this movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Dark and intense action spy thriller

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Based on a novel by Bill Granger, THE NOVEMBER MAN touches on some interesting themes -- such as the manipulation of global politics and the toll that killing takes on a man's soul. But it also has some fairly dumb coincidences. That, plus a batch of routine shoot outs and chases, eventually squashes the good stuff like road kill. The story takes place in a world of high-tech spying, where spies can find just about anywhere at any time, which should raise the stakes. But instead of responding in kind, characters rely on dumb luck and good timing to get out of scrapes.

The characters should also have been more interesting than they are. The teacher-student relationship between Brosnan and Bracey never comes to life or generates any chemistry or history, perhaps because Bracey doesn't have anywhere near the onscreen charisma that Brosnan has. Director Roger Donaldson has made decent thrillers before, but stuck with dud material like this, The November Man is one to forget.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 27, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: November 25, 2014
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan , Olga Kurylenko , Luke Bracey
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Relativity Media
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 108 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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