Goldfinger Reviews

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

Goldfinger is sometimes very enjoyable, but it's too uneven for me to call it a masterpiece.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

... what they give us in Goldfinger is an excess of-science-fiction fun, a mess of mechanical melodrama and a minimum of bedroom farce.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Shorter
Daily Telegraph
February 2, 2014

Ours not to reason why with "Goldfinger"; ours but to gape and admire; which is very easy and enjoyable until the story's iceberg of extravagance finally appears in its true proportions.

David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Thrilling action comedy may be the best Bond.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 16, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

If it is not a great film, it is a great entertainment, and contains all the elements of the Bond formula that would work again and again.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Although more gimmicky than From Russia with Love, this film is equally as entertaining.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 23, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005

The one that all other Bond films must live up to, and the only one of the films that surpasses the book upon which it is based.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002

The best Bond gets the best treatment.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002

For my money this is the grade-A, #1, all-time grandest adventure of James Bond. (And I like most of 'em!)

| Original Score: 5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 18, 2012

GOLDFINGER, for me, isn't the perfect Bond movie (though it does have all the elements to be perfect), but it's still a fun, corny time. Definition of a popcorn movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
January 8, 2014

For 007 fans or action adventure/spy movie fans in general, it really doesn't get much better than "Goldfinger," a tremendous blockbuster that entertains on every level.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Mark R. Leeper
November 18, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 11, 2012

There's a very special, and weird, purity about the Bond formula as it is presented here: all the excess is in place but still reined in by some last measure of discipline.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Smithey
December 8, 2006

| Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
May 6, 2008

This 1964 entry is the most enjoyable of the James Bond thrillers starring Sean Connery -- perhaps because it's the most comic and cartoony in look as well as conception.

Variety Staff
Top Critic
May 6, 2008

There's not the least sign of staleness in this third sample of the Bond 007 formula.

Christopher Null
January 4, 2007

The iconic James Bond movie, this third entry into the franchise is rightly heralded for offering the perfect blend of action, adventure, gunplay, fisticuffs, gadgetry (that Aston Martin!), romance, derring-do, and just about everything else.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Presented here in a newly restored digital print, it should look especially swish on the big screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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