Licence To Kill - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Licence To Kill Reviews

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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-
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
Christopher Null
February 15, 2007
A cameo by Wayne Newton pushes the film into full-on kitsch, and many feared the series was dead after Licence's poor showing.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Susan Granger
December 26, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
You may find yourself shaken -- not stirred -- by the screenwriting cruelty and cynicism behind the 16th Bond.
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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.
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 19, 2003
Worst Bond of all time
| Original Score: 0/5
September 11, 2001
Glen is clearly out of ideas, only managing to present a level of violence so out of character for the series, it surely contributed to the modest (by Bond standards) box office returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Where are the signature chase scenes, the sexual humor and the romantic trysts that we come to Bond films for in the first place?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dalton plays a straight-faced, humorless, no-nonsense Bond -- all guns and no play -- and it makes for a very dull time.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Dalton is perfectly at home as an angry Bond, and as a romantic lead and as an action hero, but he never seems to blend any two of those qualities at once.
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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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
June 1, 2004
There's something more, something that separates this from the progressively bland outings of the Roger Moore Bond. It's Timothy Dalton. He's surely the best Bond since Sean Connery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's all very pacy, with the overly straightforward plotting dimmed but not obscured by the hi-tech effects.
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.
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The stunts all look convincing, and the effect of the closing sequence is exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Licence to Kill may be taut and gripping, but it's not traditional Bond, and that, as much as any other reason, may explain the public's rejection of this reasonably well-constructed picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 14, 1989
The best part of this movie is Dalton's performance as Bond.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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