Dr. No Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
November 25, 2002
Scan Connery is such a disappointingly wooden and boorish Bond that the script's touches of grim humour go for less than they need.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 16, 2012
The film geek in me wants to praise it, but the film critic in me wants to expose its flaws. I still have a soft spot for it, but if I'm being truly honest, it's kind of lackluster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
007's silver screen debut. Not for young kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
While it may appear tame by the standards of the later productions, it's an entertaining look back in movie history at a project that developed into a worldwide phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 5, 1962
This is Sean Connery at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
September 9, 2015
The James Bond series started in great style with this cleverly conceived dose of sheer escapism that, unlike later episodes, remained true to the essence of Ian Fleming's super-spy novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
January 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 6, 2009
Capably brings together Caribbean travelogue, Gropius-type architecture, and cardboard computers with "danger level" plaques
Clint Morris
July 8, 2005
Has an age-old Licence to Thrill
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 13, 2005
A low budget and moments of unintentional camp can't derail Bond's irresistbly cool debut.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
March 18, 2013
About as perfect a franchise-starter as you could imagine and certainly accomplishes the task of leaving you eagerly anticipating Bond's next adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 27, 2012
The low-key mystery plot and the resolutely human-sized drama of it all makes this one of the sanest of all Bond pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
January 5, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
David Cornelius
April 7, 2010
It's terrific entertainment, to be sure, but its unevenness keeps up from being a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
March 1, 2007
An entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum.
Christopher Null
December 30, 2006
Essential viewing for any Bond fanatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
June 11, 2012
In the end, it's more gumshoe mystery than action-adventure and, comparative to almost everything that followed, very low-key. But legends must start somewhere, and looking back at its reminders of how Bond wasn't always "Bond" are fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...the next two installments improved the formula--but certainly Dr. No must be ranked among the best.
| Original Score: 8/10
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