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The Living Daylights Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The raw materials of the James Bond films are so familiar by now that the series can be revived only through an injection of humor. That is, unfortunately, the one area in which the new Bond, Timothy Dalton, seems to be deficient.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Has there ever been a weaker Bond villain than Whitaker? A more fatuous performance than Joroen Krabbe's Koskov? A less endearing Bond girl than Maryam D'Abo's Kara?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 13, 2007
The casting of Timothy Dalton as James Bond in this 15th entry into the adventures of 007 is widely considered a classic mistake: Dalton isn't suave like Sean Connery or even Roger Moore.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 2015
As with other Bond movies, the locations in The Living Daylights are more remarkable than its plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 16, 2008
...ultimately comes off as one of the most ineffective and flat-out dull entries within the ongoing series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
July 13, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
February 10, 2008
A very weak entry
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The story is too choppy and just meanders from one locale to another without bringing the parts together into a compelling whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 20, 2015
Bond is impersonated by 007 newcomer Timothy Dalton, who does little that's identifiable as acting, although he looks the part.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
Expect the expected.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
October 20, 2015
The result is a film that is not so much bad as mechanical and uptight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 20, 2015
This was Timothy Dalton's debut as 007 and it was already pretty clear that he lacked the necessary ironic touch that made the credibility-straining action seem fun rather than ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2015
I feel just rotten about this, but I'm afraid I've outgrown James.

Film4
October 13, 2008
With its weak plotting and distinterested performances, this is a misfire on nearly every level.

People Magazine
October 20, 2015
Why not send James off to well-earned retirement with a gold-plated martini shaker and the thanks of a grateful moviegoing public?
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Brian Case
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Confused plot and digressive globe trotting notwithstanding, the best Bond in years.
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
October 20, 2015
The relative clarity of the story allows director John Glen and screenwriters Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson to inject moments of subtlety and human interest -- commodities that in recent Bonds have been in even shorter supply than sense.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 20, 2015
Colorful, vibrant, exotic, The Living Daylights more than delivers an eyeful of entertainment. At a running length just over two hours, the most thrill- seeking Bond fans will get their money`s worth.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 29, 1987
The result of this darker portrayal is that almost for the first time since On Her Majesty's Secret Service there's a genuine sense of tension in a Bond movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
An entertaining enough addition to the long-running series.
| Original Score: 78/100
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