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From Russia With Love Reviews

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Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2001
As a non-fan of the Ian Fleming super spy and a moderate admirer of such films as Moonraker, I find that the essential point of enjoyment to be the films' very flaws: the admiration of their kitsch factor.
| Original Score: 70/100
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".
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.
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
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Standing at the pinnacle of the series, From Russia with Love shows how good a Bond film can be when all the ingredients mesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
June 5, 2002
One of the most popular Bond movies and a terrific thriller in its own right, owing much to Alfred Hitchcock and Carol Reed's The Third Man in its marvellous atmosphere of foreign intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
June 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
April 12, 2016
The series' tightest expression of brutes playacting as gentlemen
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
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
Bond's still finding his legs in this adequate entry, not quite lost in the shadow of the subsequent Goldfinger.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Rebecca Murray
February 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
August 20, 2008
| 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
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Variety Staff
April 15, 2008
From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum.
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
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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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 10, 2003
Connery's best Bond. Never again would he be this assured. This is closer to a classic spy thriller than any other Bond.
| Original Score: 5/5
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