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Die Another Day (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 198
Fresh: 113 | Rotten: 85

Its action may be bit too over-the-top for some, but Die Another Day is lavishly crafted and succeeds in evoking classic Bond themes from the franchise's earlier installments.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 22

Its action may be bit too over-the-top for some, but Die Another Day is lavishly crafted and succeeds in evoking classic Bond themes from the franchise's earlier installments.

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Pierce Brosnan makes his fourth appearance as suave super-spy James Bond in this espionage thriller, the 20th film in the official Bond series. While on assignment in North Korea, Bond is captured by government agents, where he's imprisoned and tortured for over a year. When Bond finally wins his freedom, not everyone is certain 007 is still capable of doing the job, but after Zao (Rick Yune), the North Korean operative who snared Bond, is discovered to be in cahoots with unscrupulous

Jun 3, 2003

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The problem for me is that the story is so entirely at the service of the special effects.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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What makes this the best Bond in years is the surefootedness of Brosnan's performance, as well as Tamahori's fanboy insistence on covering all bases.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I expect more from Bond, so thumbs down.

November 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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That this Bond will be smarter is clear from its title sequence, which leaves you both shaken and stirred.

November 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Slate
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The film is so fraught with explosions and chases that the action eventually feels numbing.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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A bit like watching a champion fighter win a title bout on points rather than a satisfying knockout.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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No one's going to accuse DIE ANOTHER DAY of being a sophisticated spy movie. It's an over-the-top action movie that is to be enjoyed best with a big bucket of popcorn.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Face it, Die Another Day simply blows the competition away. If you want excitement, laughs and pure sex appeal, remember one thing: Bond's really do have more fun.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

An attractive cast, silly gadgets, bad puns, worse CGI and a totally ludicrous plot make this the least of the Brosnan Bonds, but it all paves the way for an injection of grit with Casino Royale.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

An old Bond for a new century, in which 50-year-old Brosnan, just starting to show his age, has to share time with an amazing glut of awful CGI.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

There was absolutely no choice but to dial it down afterward but not because "Die Another Day" is an abomination of which to be ashamed. Alongside "You Only Live Twice," it's Bond at his most aggressively outlandish and shamelessly entertaining.

October 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Die Another Day makes you long for the days when Roger Moore played 007. And who would ever admit to that!

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comment (1)
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Bond has lost his charm and there seems little chance for amelioration.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Bond flick pushes the PG-13 limits.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I've been dining out on this story for years, and the meals seem to be getting poorer.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

An action movie which the word "blockbuster" was practically invented for, super spy James Bond, as portrayed by Pierce Brosnan, returns for his twentieth adventure and strives not to mess with a good (or financially successful) formula.

July 2, 2008
IGN Movies

good last outing for brosnan

February 12, 2008

Die Another Day is both skillful and playful, and that's about as high a compliment as I can give a 007 film.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I can't figure out the folks behind the James Bond franchise. They keep making noise about wanting to update or inject more life into the series, but continually fall short in frustratingly obvious ways.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

One of the sturdier and darker of James Bond films.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

One thing remains the same -- the vital fun that a Bond movie brings.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Brosnan's best mission as Bond yet, and the most satisfying installment of the franchise in recent memory.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

How anyone else could sit through its 2 1/2 hours and not drop at least a dozen IQ points is beyond my comprehension. Particularly now that I've seen it.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

With Pierce Brosnan combining the best of all the actors who came before him in the role, we have a worthy Bond to begin the journey into the next forty years.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
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Audience Reviews for Die Another Day

The new James Bond film, DIE ANOTHER DAY does not disappoint by any means. Although not as good as Pierce Brosnan's first Bondian effort, GOLDENEYE, it is definitely one of my favorite Bond movies. Intriguing villains, such as Zao (played by Rick Yune of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) and Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) make the film that much more enjoyable. Plus, you cannot disregard the amazing action scenes that dot the film at various intervals. Of course, one cannot forget the Bond babes. Halle Berry is terrific as Jinx, and has one of the most intrical roles of any Bond girl in history. Not to be outdone, Rosamund Pike makes her film debut as Miranda Frost, and MI-6 agent who refuses to fall under Bond's evident charm. Overall, this movie is excellent and I definitely recommend it to all movie-goers, especially Bond fans! 4 1/2 Stars 1-30-14
February 8, 2014
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As the 20th entry in the series, this James Bond adventure should have really been something special. Instead, it's rather lackluster and kind of ridiculous, even by the standards of the series.

We get the typical world domination plot involving goofy technology that gets really silly and over-the-top, and, were this a Moore era film, I'd understand, but this is Brosnan! This is easily the worst entry in his tenure. He's okay, but you can tell he's getting bored wit hit. It also stings that talents like Halle Berry and Michael Madsen get wasted.

There's plenty of action, but unfortunately a lot of it is undercut by bad effects, and the film's insistence on referencing all the other films as a tribute to 40 years of Bond gets eye rollingly insufferable at times.

I should probably hate on this movie more than I do, but as much as it gets to me, I will admit that it does have its moments and is occasionally entertaining.
November 3, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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Die Another Day, the 20th Bond film spanning 40 years with Pierce Brosnan's 4th and final performance as James Bond, is an utterly ridiculous and over the top homage to the series past that also happens to be one of the most entertaining entries in the beloved series. It is a little too heavy on the special effects and one-liners, but it also can be exhilarating. By this point, Pierce Brosnan has been accepted as Bond like no one has since Connery, and he delivers another solid performance. I do completely understand why some people absolutely despise this film as it is very similar to the Roger Moore era of jokey Bond films, but I find Die Another Day a step or two ahead of those films in terms of craftsmanship. The story is nothing to write home about, but it has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting while the action keeps you engaged. Toby Stephens is a decent Bond villain in the typical over the top manner as Gustav Graves, while Rick Yune as Zao, Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost (in her feature film debut), and Halle Berry as Jinx populate the supporting characters. None of them are memorable, but they are effective, and Jinx's relationship with Bond bucks the Bond girl tradition and almost turns it into one of those buddy action films. Despite awful word of mouth among many Bond fans, Die Another Day managed to have the highest attendance of any Bond film other than Connery's era in its heyday (Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice). I take that as a sign that Bond was alive and well. Die Another Day is not one of the best entries in the series, but for pure popcorn action thrills, it will satisfy your craving.
March 21, 2013
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

A wild, thrilling, sexy, riveting and utterly spectacular thrill-ride. An explosive action-packed adventure. A pure exhilarating adrenaline rush from beginning to end that dosent let up. One awesome time. It's the coolest and most enjoyable Bond movie yet. Pierce Brosnan is cooler and better than ever.
October 29, 2012
allan913

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    1. Q: How about you aquatint yourself with the manual you should be able to shoot through that in a couple hours .
    2. James Bond Agent 007: It only took a few seconds Q.
    3. Q: I wish I could make you vanish.
    – Submitted by Aaron P (11 months ago)
    1. Q: Pardon me for asking 007 but a perfect marksman isn't suppose to shoot his own boss.
    2. James Bond Agent 007: Check the replay you will find he's dead and she only has a flesh wound.
    – Submitted by Aaron P (11 months ago)
    1. Gustav Graves: You see Mr. Bond, you can't kill my dreams. But my dreams can kill you. Time to face destiny!
    2. James Bond Agent 007: Time to face gravity!
    – Submitted by Aslan L (13 months ago)
    1. James Bond Agent 007: I've always been known to keep my tip up.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (17 months ago)
    1. Gustav Graves: Let's do this the old-fashioned way - first blood drawn from the torso!
    – Submitted by Jakob R (18 months ago)
    1. James Bond Agent 007: So, you live to die another day! [to Graves]
    – Submitted by Kai K (20 months ago)
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