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GoldenEye Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 28, 2015
James Bond, the British spy with a taste for the high life and a license to kill, comes back in surprisingly hardy and supple form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
October 28, 2015
Brosnan's right there, born to play the part. Perhaps by design, he captures a bit from each predecessor -- the panache of Sean Connery, the cheeky humor of Roger Moore, the serious grit of Timothy Dalton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 28, 2015
At the most basic, crowd-pleasing level, Goldeneye does the trick.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 28, 2015
Giving 007 a sleek bullet of a BMW instead of his trusty old Aston-Martin isn't exactly going to turn the world of Bond upside down. And, as it turns out, neither does the casting of Brosnan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 28, 2015
In GoldenEye, [Brosnan's] performance achieves darker, Conneryesque tones. And the movie's relatively realistic take on Bond -- realistic, that is, by the series' flamboyant standards -- helps to give his work weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carol Buckland
CNN.com
October 28, 2015
James Bond's latest outing is big, and it's brash -- in short, it's double-oh-fun.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
October 28, 2015
Under the direction of Martin Campbell, GoldenEye is a film that respects its predecessors. No new heights are scaled here, but it's nevertheless a handsome, well-engineered film that gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 28, 2015
Entropy, the inexorable running down of an energy system, may have overtaken the Bond saga.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
October 28, 2015
It's not a good sign that what I remember most about the movie is the lovely blue color of 007's new BMW convertible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 23, 2012
Brosnan, however, looks set to stay. He'll never recapture the amused cool of the young Sean Connery, but he does overcome the handicap of looking like a humorless male model.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 13, 2008
I don't know whether the Bond series has a future, but if Xenia Onatopp ever returns to try for world domination, he may finally get a battle worth fighting.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
There's something a mite pathetic about our culture still clinging to 007, but it's hard to deny that this is one of the most entertaining entries in the Bond cycle.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
Richard Kiel, you are missed.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 2, 2008
Among the better of the 17 Bonds and, perhaps more important for today's audience, a dynamic action entry in its own right, this first 007 adventure in six years breathes fresh creative and commercial life into the 33-year-old series.
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Nigel Kendall
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Director Campbell keeps matters bowling along and even manages to recapture something of the look of the earlier films.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Brosnan, as the best-moussed Bond ever to play baccarat in Monte Carlo, makes the character's latest personality transplant viable (not to mention smashingly photogenic), but the series still suffers the blahs.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Supercharged with spectacular, thundering, brain-numbing fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
They have given James a new car here, but it's the same old vanity plate, the one that should read: Je Me Souviens.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Though GoldenEye is an acceptable Bond picture, it's a reasonable facsimile more than any kind of original, and it's hard not to feel a certain weariness while watching it unfold.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
It's BS -- Babes and Stunts -- and that's where GoldenEye excels.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Directed with top-dollar proficiency (and some real wit).
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Perhaps the best entry in the series since The Spy Who Loved Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Watching the film, I got caught up in the special effects and the neat stunts, and I observed with a certain satisfaction Bond's belated entry into a more modern world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4