Licence To Kill Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2014
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 20, 2014
If the series is ever going to return to its Connery-era glory, it definitely needs some new writers, ones who know how to streamline a story and keep the dialogue tight.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
The Bond women are pallid mannequins, and so is the misused Dalton -- a moving target in a Savile Row suit. For every plausible reason, he looks as bored in his second Bond film as Sean Connery did in his sixth.
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 13, 2008
The thrills-and-spills chases are superbly orchestrated as pic spins at breakneck speed through its South Florida and Central American locations.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
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.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's all very pacy, with the overly straightforward plotting dimmed but not obscured by the hi-tech effects.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Dalton is perfectly at home as an angry Bond, and as a romantic lead and as an action hero, but he never seems to blend any two of those qualities at once.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
You may find yourself shaken -- not stirred -- by the screenwriting cruelty and cynicism behind the 16th Bond.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Licence to Kill may be taut and gripping, but it's not traditional Bond, and that, as much as any other reason, may explain the public's rejection of this reasonably well-constructed picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The stunts all look convincing, and the effect of the closing sequence is exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dalton plays a straight-faced, humorless, no-nonsense Bond -- all guns and no play -- and it makes for a very dull time.