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Licence To Kill Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Licence to Kill gets better as it unfolds for more than two hours. It just takes an insufferably long while to find the right pace.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 20, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Licence to Kill ranks as one of the best of the 16 Bond films, thanks to Dalton's athletic, tough and deadly new 007.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

As unlikely as it seems, Mr. Dalton actually appears to be growing in the Bond role, which is potentially stifling because its own popularity has so rigidly defined it.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

May 20, 2014
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

This series' record of maintaining an admirable level of quality stays intact, even if this film might best be used as a cinematic appetizer to see before renting a tape of one of the Connery or Moore classics.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

May 20, 2014
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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Every once in a while, [the Bond series] pulls in its stomach, pops the gun from its cummerbund, arches its eyebrow and gets off another bull's-eye. The newest, Licence to Kill, is probably one of the five or six best of Bond.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

May 20, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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Dalton revives the cool, ironic detachment of the Connery years, but he also allows a touch of obsession to show through Bond`s surface aplomb.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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With Dalton straightening out Bond for the second time, Licence to Kill continues the salvage operation begun in The Living Daylights and rescues a series that was in danger of shooting itself in the foot. With a Walther PPK, of course.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2014
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times

It's a watchable adventure boosted by impressive action sequences and a fiery climax with a bone-crunching punch-up. Pity Dalton didn't have another crack at proving his secret-agent credentials.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2014
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Darker version of James Bond has more violence, language.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2014
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

Anchored by an engaging revenge plot, this Bond film has a great villain, a dark tone and several top-notch action set pieces.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 3/4

November 2, 2012
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

No quips. No smirks. No innuendoes. Just raw, exposed nerves. The traits for which Dalton gets dinged are those looking past the character's admittedly alluring surface pleasures. Women aren't the only things that keep 007 awake at night, you know.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 14, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The good: this is beautifully complicated stuff... The bad: simply, that it's not a Bond film.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

September 23, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Licence to Kill gave us a grittier and more ruthless Bond. Dalton can definitely play dark, but he lacks the charisma of Connery

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
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A well-produced slick high-octane action thriller that remains escapist and as entertaining as possible throughout.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

February 16, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...it often feels more like a typical '80s actioner than a bona fide James Bond adventure...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2008

Film4

Fast, efficient and unusually gruesome Bond. The tone is sombre, the action is ingenious and in Dalton the series finds the only actor to take 007 seriously.

Full Review Source: Film4

October 13, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hardcore Bond fans may be dismayed by some of the changes, but no one can deny that the action scenes staged by director John Glen are some of the most spectacular of the entire series and well worth the price of admission.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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The thrills-and-spills chases are superbly orchestrated as pic spins at breakneck speed through its South Florida and Central American locations.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 13, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Despite some shaky narrative continuity and muddled motivations, this manages to move pretty briskly, and the action sequences are generally well handled, especially at the climax.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 13, 2008
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Even weak James Bond is better than the norm action flicks, and this one qualifies.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2008
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