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Thunderball Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The fourth, most commercially successful Bond to date, is known for its pre-credits sequences, underwater battles, and escalating number of violent deaths.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

October 29, 2012

Total Film

Connery's Bond was never better than this.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

October 23, 2012
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

The ambition is evident throughout, but the execution just doesn't have enough energy to sustain it. THUNDERBALL is very sluggish.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2012
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Turgidly paced and overly reliant on less-than-thrilling underwater sequences, it's the "Moonraker" of Sean Connery's run -a misstep defined by heyday technology that the producers thought would look cool in the era but feels hopelessly stale today.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 30, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A particularly energetic, jaunty Bond adventure, the kind that is just plain fun to watch, in a perfectly relaxed and undemanding register.

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

June 17, 2012
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Even James Bond can miss his mark.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

January 2, 2011
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Thunderball, the biggest, most lavish, and longest Bond film at that time, was the most popular of its day.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

April 4, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It was still fun despite its shortcomings.

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

February 12, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Sean Connery's fourth Bond film, Thunderball, slips from the peak of From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, but still provides plenty of thrills of the brand only 007 can provide. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

October 25, 2008

TIME Magazine
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If Thunderball's gimmickry seems to overreach at times, Actor Connery gains assurance from film to film, by now delivers all his soppiest Jimcracks martini-dry.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 13, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Slightly bloated Bond, with too much technology for my taste and a climactic slaughter that's a little too mindless to be much fun.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 6, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Relatively disappointing.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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There's visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it's posh all the way.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 6, 2008

Film4

Formulaic it may be, but this is still classic 007 action, featuring great underwater sequences and a wicked femme fatale.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 6, 2008

Sean Connery is fantastic

| Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2008

Time Out
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The fourth Bond, marking the point at which spectacular hardware began to dominate the series. Sleek and quite fun all the same.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Certainly among the top five of all Bonds, and still socko.

| Original Score: 5/5

May 25, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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The color is handsome. The scenery in the Bahamas is an irresistible lure. Even the violence is funny. That's the best I can say for a Bond film.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2005
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It loosely maintains the series' early wit, which may be solely attributed, perhaps, to ease with which Sean Connery inhabits the role of Bond.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

March 22, 2005
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

If it doesn't live up to its illustrious predecessors...well, it still has Connery, and that's a plus in anybody's book.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

November 21, 2003
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