Reviews

Sep 29, 2021
A highly immoral film in every imaginable way but it sure is fun...
Sep 25, 2021
Sean Connery's favorite Bond movie is based on John F. Kennedy's favorite Bond book, and who are we to argue with their tastes?
Jul 30, 2021
The second Bond film was already too self aware to remember to be itself.
Aug 24, 2020
The story moves too slowly, fattened up with activities that are inconsequential and not action oriented.
Jul 16, 2020
From Russia with Love is just an exciting film from start to finish.
Apr 29, 2020
From Russia with Love is a complete and total success as both a Bond film and a spy film, loftily enjoying the best of both worlds as it further establishes an indomitable template for more adventures to come.
Aug 13, 2019
A comedown from Dr. No, whose brisk parody here slackens into a queasy compromise with the real thing that tries to have it both ways and so fails to have it either way.
Jan 27, 2019
It has a few sillier moments, but in general it's quite the tense cold war spy film, with some good foreshadowing and a few really good action set pieces.
Nov 2, 2018
From Russia With Love perfectly threads the needle between art and commerce, showing us everything that's allowed the series to keep on keeping on.
Jul 20, 2018
The pace fast and furious and the invention, I suppose, inventive in the sense that a new nonsense always follows hard on the heels of an old nonsense and blow follows blow in crunching virtuosity of method.
Dec 30, 2017
Cliff-hanging, 1964: that's From Russia with Love. That is, you get a complete serial every five minutes, often with a new babe or two falling for James Bond's masculine charms.
Apr 12, 2016
The series' tightest expression of brutes playacting as gentlemen
Oct 23, 2015
The success of Dr. No has no doubt given the James Bond team added confidence, if that was necessary, and From Russia with Love is made by people who clearly know that they now have a gilt-edged formula to play with.
Oct 17, 2012
Everything that worked in DR. NO is fully realized here. Sean Connery is 10 times more confident here as 007, oozing charm and masculinity.
Oct 16, 2012
The second Bond is one of the best in the series, due to the intriguing plot, sinister villains, and fabulously staged fight aboard the Orient Express.
Jun 17, 2012
It has more in common spiritually with Le Carre than Fleming. Only after James Bond's vulnerabilities have been further exploited than in "Dr. No" does he succeed. "Russia" is about as far as it gets from the biggest Bond, but it's easily the best.
Jun 11, 2012
One of just a couple Bond adventures that is genuinely great as cinema.
Jan 1, 2011
Creative Cold War Bond thriller is best for teens and up.
Apr 28, 2009
It's not too different from the non-Bond action thrillers of the same era, in which company it falls well short of the top film, North by Northwest. Plenty of period charm, though, and a few of the Bond franchise's most Austin Powers-esque moments.
Apr 28, 2009
Much of it borders on the inept and the embarrassing, and that goes for the title song sung by Matt Monro, the "singing bus-driver".