You Only Live Twice Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This one is top-heavy with gadgets but weak on plotting and getting everything to work at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The plot is the problem. It stretches the limits of credibility, even as that word is applied to Bond movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 21, 2012
the action scenes are quite enjoyable and the special effects are terrific. But the story is just so lazy and lackluster that I became uninterested during any scenes that didn't contain gunshots or explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...one that some connoisseurs consider a high point in the series and others think is a miss. I favor the latter view.
| Original Score: 6/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 4, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Ali Barclay
BBC.com
July 25, 2001
While Dahl clearly helped thrust Bond into a whole new world of villainy and technology, maybe his concepts were slightly ahead of themselves, or maybe he just tried too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
This noisy and wildly violent picture... is evidently pegged to the notion that nothing succeeds like excess. And because it is shamelessly excessive, it is about a half-hour too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 22, 2008
Tired, poorly paced Bond from 1967, with Sean Connery displaying his discontent.

Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
Connery didn't want to play Bond anymore, and it shows in this forgettable picture.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery.
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TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
There have been so many flamboyant imitations that the original looks like a copy.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 22, 2005
Blofeld's volcano hideout is one of the most impressive of Ken Adam's sets for the franchise, and it is a pleasure to watch it be completely destroyed.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2005
It isn't "Thunderball" and it sure isn't "Goldfinger," but it IS old-school Connery Bond, so obviously it's a darn good time.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
May 31, 2014
Another fun, exciting James Bond adventure even if it's the first of the initial five 007 outings that doesn't live up to series' expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 1, 2012
The one where the franchise became out-and-out ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
December 11, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
March 13, 2014
Sluggish Bond entry has cartoonish violence, stereotyping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 22, 2008
Sean Connery plays 007 with his usual finesse.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 9, 2007
Tons of fun, really, and Donald Pleasence as Blofeld is inimitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 19, 2002
One of the weaker Bond films, but still entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/5
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