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The World Is Not Enough Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
November 7, 2015
At times it's slow and a bit too silly, but at its best, it's the worthy successor to 'GoldenEye' that Brosnan deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 2, 2015
What happens this time around? You know exactly what happens: Bond shoots people, has sex and saves the world. The beauty is, as with most Bond movies, it doesn't matter.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 2, 2015
What do the James Bond series, the Chicago Cubs, and Master P's No Limit empire have in common? All owe their considerable commercial success more to loyalty, marketing, and tradition than to quality.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 2, 2015
In a welcome return to the gritty glamour of such early outings as From Russia with Love, this 19th James Bond adventure effortlessly juggles a hard-hitting story with all the expected "super spy" embellishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 2, 2015
We expect a rousing pre-credit sequence -- and The World Is Not Enough provides not one but two. Together they last 20 minutes and probably cost the GNP of an average Third World country.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 2, 2015
And what of the actresses who have taken the one-way ticket to career palookaville as the Bond girls? Well, here is the real gem: Sophie Marceau, as glamorous oil heiress Elektra King, is terrific.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 2, 2015
So long as the Brits are sweeping obsolete institutions like the House of Lords into the dustpan of history, may we recommend the broom for James Bond?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
November 2, 2015
While plausibility has never been the Bond films' strong point, The World Is Not Enough takes things to the breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andy Klein
New Times
November 2, 2015
Whatever its flaws -- and it has some lulus -- it's a textbook model for how to structure action of this kind. The writers and directors of every Bond film should be forced to watch it before their first story conference.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 2, 2015
James Bond battles terrorists, criminals, and a sore shoulder in his 19th adventure, which is both propelled and circumscribed by the well-worn formulas that guide its path.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 2, 2015
Worst of all is a ride through the pipeline in some kind of vague contrivance that looks like the pneumatic tubes from old-time newsrooms when they sent remakes down to composing in the last few minutes before deadline.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 2, 2015
Most of all, though, I wondered how much longer people will pay to see a walking, running, driving, diving, punning, smirking, swimming, skiing, shooting, parachuting corpse.
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Sharon Pian Chan
Seattle Times
November 2, 2015
The action sequences are decent; they just aren't as clever as before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
November 2, 2015
A highly effective amalgam of old and new.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
April 29, 2014
So-so Bond entry is racy but also fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
November 4, 2012
There's plenty of action and typical Bond elements to be found throughout, but the execution felt a bit generic to me. It also doesn't help that Denise Richards drags the movie down every time she appears on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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October 23, 2012
The movie is better than you've heard, although that's not saying a lot.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2012
This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours.

Total Film
October 23, 2012
Although it sprinkles in a fair amount of character-centred plot, it doesn't really go that far beyond the call of duty. Still, with plenty of the usual Bondage, you can't go far wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 21, 2012
One of the worst James Bond movies ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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