Die Another Day Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
The problem for me is that the story is so entirely at the service of the special effects.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 25, 2002
I expect more from Bond, so thumbs down.
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November 23, 2002
That this Bond will be smarter is clear from its title sequence, which leaves you both shaken and stirred.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 22, 2002
The film is so fraught with explosions and chases that the action eventually feels numbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 22, 2002
A bit like watching a champion fighter win a title bout on points rather than a satisfying knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 22, 2002
Die Another Day never quite finds real excitement or genuine wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 22, 2002
The new movie lacks something, a special something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 22, 2002
The latest and least of the Pierce Brosnan Bonds.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 22, 2002
A lot smarter than your average Bond.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 22, 2002
The most thrilling, lavishly designed and imaginative Bond picture in years.
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
November 22, 2002
Die Another Day is stylish and state of the art, and Bond aficionados will love the anniversary homages to previous films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 22, 2002
If you watch movies chiefly for stunts and special effects, this Bond is for you. If you watch to see a beloved formula regurgitated, make tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 22, 2002
It's a movie that tries to have it both ways -- and for the most part, succeeds.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Moore
Denver Post
November 22, 2002
'Die Another Day's' special effects will make your eyes open so wide your contacts might fall out, but the spy caper is double-crossed by a stupid script littered with one-liners so dumb that 007 actually makes XXX (Vin Diesel) sound like he's clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 22, 2002
There's a heavy stench of 'been there, done that' hanging over the film. It's everything you'd expect -- but nothing more.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 22, 2002
As professionally mediocre as its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 22, 2002
There's only so much ridiculousness the human mind can take, and director Lee Tamahori crosses that line by a good 20 minutes.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 22, 2002
If I can't return to the past, I'll happily follow a Bond this reenergized into the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 22, 2002
Surely it will not be giving things away to tell you there's absolutely nothing new about the latest episode.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 22, 2002
In a movie that's distinguished by some higher heights than most recent Bonds, and some new lows, Die Another Day also sees Bond do battle with obviously artificial digitally created backgrounds and effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 22, 2002
This movie has the usual impossible stunts ... But it has just as many scenes that are lean and tough enough to fit in any modern action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
November 22, 2002
The first installment of the new millennium, maintains the franchise's standing as the ultimate cinematic guilty pleasure.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 22, 2002
It's better than the last film, The World Is Not Enough, but it doesn't really recapture the old vim and vigor.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 22, 2002
Remember when Bond had more glamour than clamor? No more.
| Original Score: C+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 21, 2002
It's flawed, but it's the best 007 flick in 20 years.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 21, 2002
Prefab and formulaic all the way.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 21, 2002
The most satisfying Bond movie since The Spy Who Loved Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2002
Die Another Day is only intermittently entertaining but it's hard not to be a sucker for its charms, or perhaps it's just impossible not to feel nostalgia for movies you grew up with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 21, 2002
Despite an overabundance of obvious computer-generated effects, Die Another Day shines as the best of the Brosnan Bonds.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 21, 2002
007 shows he still has the double-O goods in Die Another Day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 21, 2002
A meandering, over-inflated, everything -but-the -kitchen-sink attempt to one-up and wear down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
November 21, 2002
The niftiest Bond movie in years -- fresh, funny, and jammed to the rafters with demented stunts, Boys'-Own gadgetry and brazen promiscuity.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2002
You leave feeling like you've endured a long workout without your pulse ever racing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 21, 2002
The first Bond movie in ages that isn't fake fun.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2002
This is a train wreck of an action film -- a stupefying attempt by the filmmakers to force-feed James Bond into the mindless XXX mold and throw 40 years of cinematic history down the toilet in favor of bright flashes and loud bangs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 20, 2002
Brosnan, in his fourth time up at the Bond bat, hits this one out of the park.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 19, 2002
A midrange series entry that sports some tasty scenes, mostly in the first half, but also pushes 007 into CGI-driven, quasi-sci-fi territory that feels like a betrayal of what the franchise has always been about.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 19, 2002
Dissing a Bond movie is quite like calling a dog stupid, but when it has the temerity to run over two hours, you feel like winding up with a kick.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 18, 2002
This is a sharper, edgier Bond, in which first-time Bond director Lee Tamahori allows a smidgen of character work to creep in.