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From Russia With Love Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
April 12, 2016
The series' tightest expression of brutes playacting as gentlemen
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
October 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.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
June 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 11, 2012
One of just a couple Bond adventures that is genuinely great as cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Creative Cold War Bond thriller is best for teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
April 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 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".
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 25, 2009
One of the finest Bond outings, this flourished in the paranoia of the times before the franchise was devalued by an over-reliance on gadgets, camp quips and a skittish lack of focus or direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
April 24, 2009
The film lacks the exotic, colourful flamboyance of the best of its successors. So shoot me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dominic Wells
Times (UK)
April 24, 2009
The stylish second Bond film From Russia With Love now looks as if it was shot yesterday.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 24, 2009
FRWL has character and dash, and even something of a conventional plot, all worth revisiting for this pin-sharp restoration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Karl French
Financial Times
April 24, 2009
The narrative is plodding, time has not been kind to set-pieces that were once so thrilling and now seem oddly perfunctory, and 007's misogyny and casual slapping of several women is more than faintly repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Record (UK)
April 24, 2009
Honestly, nobody does it better..
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 9, 2009
This is probably the best Bond film made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 25, 2008
Sean Connery's second outing as James Bond became his personal favorite, and that of many Bond fans around the world. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 16, 2008
...a pivotal entry within the series...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
Sophisticated? Well, not really. But fast, smart, shrewdly directed and capably performed.
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 15, 2008
From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum.
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