The Living Daylights Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The raw materials of the James Bond films are so familiar by now that the series can be revived only through an injection of humor. That is, unfortunately, the one area in which the new Bond, Timothy Dalton, seems to be deficient.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Has there ever been a weaker Bond villain than Whitaker? A more fatuous performance than Joroen Krabbe's Koskov? A less endearing Bond girl than Maryam D'Abo's Kara?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 13, 2007
The casting of Timothy Dalton as James Bond in this 15th entry into the adventures of 007 is widely considered a classic mistake: Dalton isn't suave like Sean Connery or even Roger Moore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 16, 2008
...ultimately comes off as one of the most ineffective and flat-out dull entries within the ongoing series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
July 13, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
February 10, 2008
A very weak entry
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The story is too choppy and just meanders from one locale to another without bringing the parts together into a compelling whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
Expect the expected.

Film4
October 13, 2008
With its weak plotting and distinterested performances, this is a misfire on nearly every level.
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
An entertaining enough addition to the long-running series.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
October 31, 2012
"Finally, a James Bond movie that Ian Fleming can be proud of. Dalton is a lean, mean and bold Bond. Full of great action and featuring a romantic sub-plot that elevates this above most other 007 adventures."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is the Bond film the fans have been waiting for a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 16, 2012
Dalton gets a chance to demonstrate a fascinating, if slightly too actorly take on [James Bond].
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 15, 2003
Hasn't aged well -- but it was once a refreshing change of pace.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 13, 2015
More serious, tougher version of Bond has plenty of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 13, 2008
Timothy Dalton, the fourth Bond, registers beautifully on all key counts of charm, machismo, sensitivity and technique.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
September 23, 2004
Typical Bond action but it's one of the spy's worst.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
October 14, 2012
Dalton is a dapper, dashing and dangerous Bond. And although "Casino Royale's" sophisticated blend of thrills and personal turmoil slightly eludes "Daylights," it's a sign that the producers then had the right instincts if not the full initiative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 14, 2003
Dalton is a solid, serious, but a bit colorless as Bond. Still, the action is good.
| Original Score: 3/5
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