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Licence To Kill Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
November 2, 2015
Some of 007's earlier adventures fail to hold up, but in a post-'Taken' world, 'Licence to Kill' certainly aged well and is a under-appreciated gem in the Bond catalog.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 20, 2014
Licence to Kill gets better as it unfolds for more than two hours. It just takes an insufferably long while to find the right pace.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 20, 2014
Licence to Kill ranks as one of the best of the 16 Bond films, thanks to Dalton's athletic, tough and deadly new 007.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 20, 2014
As unlikely as it seems, Mr. Dalton actually appears to be growing in the Bond role, which is potentially stifling because its own popularity has so rigidly defined it.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 20, 2014
This series' record of maintaining an admirable level of quality stays intact, even if this film might best be used as a cinematic appetizer to see before renting a tape of one of the Connery or Moore classics.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2014
Every once in a while, [the Bond series] pulls in its stomach, pops the gun from its cummerbund, arches its eyebrow and gets off another bull's-eye. The newest, Licence to Kill, is probably one of the five or six best of Bond.
Tom Hibbert
Empire Magazine
May 20, 2014
He may look the part, but Timothy Dalton fails the boots, the scuba gear, or the automobiles left him by Moore and Connery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 20, 2014
If the series is ever going to return to its Connery-era glory, it definitely needs some new writers, ones who know how to streamline a story and keep the dialogue tight.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2014
Dalton revives the cool, ironic detachment of the Connery years, but he also allows a touch of obsession to show through Bond`s surface aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 20, 2014
With Dalton straightening out Bond for the second time, Licence to Kill continues the salvage operation begun in The Living Daylights and rescues a series that was in danger of shooting itself in the foot. With a Walther PPK, of course.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times
May 20, 2014
It's a watchable adventure boosted by impressive action sequences and a fiery climax with a bone-crunching punch-up. Pity Dalton didn't have another crack at proving his secret-agent credentials.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 5, 2014
Darker version of James Bond has more violence, language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
November 2, 2012
Anchored by an engaging revenge plot, this Bond film has a great villain, a dark tone and several top-notch action set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Rogers
October 14, 2012
No quips. No smirks. No innuendoes. Just raw, exposed nerves. The traits for which Dalton gets dinged are those looking past the character's admittedly alluring surface pleasures. Women aren't the only things that keep 007 awake at night, you know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 23, 2012
The good: this is beautifully complicated stuff... The bad: simply, that it's not a Bond film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 9, 2010
Licence to Kill gave us a grittier and more ruthless Bond. Dalton can definitely play dark, but he lacks the charisma of Connery
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2009
It's a strained, sexless, and overcooked film...Dalton's game, but the film is inert, perhaps unprepared to work with the new Irish Kiss direction of the series.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 16, 2009
A well-produced slick high-octane action thriller that remains escapist and as entertaining as possible throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 25, 2008 often feels more like a typical '80s actioner than a bona fide James Bond adventure...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
The Bond women are pallid mannequins, and so is the misused Dalton -- a moving target in a Savile Row suit. For every plausible reason, he looks as bored in his second Bond film as Sean Connery did in his sixth.
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