Casino Royale Reviews

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Tim Adams
November 5, 2006
By the end of a curiously back-to-front film, when he finally gets his theme tune and introduces himself -- 'Bond. James Bond' -- he, like the creaky franchise itself, seems profoundly unsure whether he is coming or going.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 13, 2006
This is a Bond with great body but no soul.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 16, 2006
Casino Royale tries to have it both ways, moving toward the genuine while still grasping for the outlandish. The result is a film that's caught between caution and abandonment. And that's probably not a place where James Bond wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
November 21, 2006
Okay, I was willing to reserve judgment until I saw the film, but now it's official ---- I don't like a blonde Bond!
Chuck O'Leary
November 17, 2006
The man with the license to kill has become the man with the license to bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 20, 2006
The spy who gagged me.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jurgen Fauth
November 15, 2006
If Casino Royale had kept to a lean, mean 90 minutes, it could have been the perfect James Bond flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 8, 2007
Dudosamente sea la mejor de la serie, pero Daniel Craig le imprime a su James Bond una crudeza y humanidad interesantes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 17, 2006
Who wants to see Bond learn a lesson about ego, as if he were Greg Brady in his 'Johnny Bravo' phase?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 19, 2006
Craig is actually a great choice for the new Bond persona of Casino Royale; it's the new spin on the character ... that leaves doubts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
November 16, 2006
Spectacular action -- and a cool new Bond. But the film goes long and an important romance isn't quite sold. Nor is the plot terribly solid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gregory Weinkauf
November 25, 2006
Junk Bond.
Joshua Starnes
March 10, 2011
Casino Royale is a welcome break from the past and a strong and entertaining film in its own right, proving the continuing viability of Fleming's creation 50 years after his inception.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jason Zingale
November 18, 2006
The film opens with a bang, only to flatline 30 minutes later.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 17, 2006
It's not as bad as Die Another Day, and not up to the jolly mayhem of the best films in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2006
For the first time ever, James Bond is tough, smart, sexy, smooth, witty... and sort of three-dimensional. Welcome to the 21st century, Mr. Bond.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 20, 2006
Daniel Craig is probably the best actor ever to take on the role ... more Steve McQueen than Cary Grant, closer to the bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 17, 2007
Casino Royale has the answers to all my complaints about the 45-year-old James Bond series, and some I hadn't even thought of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
November 17, 2006
Welcome to the new world of MI6's most storied agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 17, 2006
You don't need a weatherman to tell you the 21st installment in the franchise brings an invigorating chill to the air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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