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The Living Daylights Reviews

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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
October 20, 2015
In The Living Daylights, Dalton establishes his claim to the role; in the films that will follow, he'll have the chance to dig deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 20, 2015
Dalton shows a serious side that's been missing from the role since Sean Connery's earliest 007 days. And as a whole, the new picture is less of a special-effects affair than most of Roger Moore's Bond films.
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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
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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
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
Expect the expected.
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 13, 2008
Timothy Dalton, the fourth Bond, registers beautifully on all key counts of charm, machismo, sensitivity and technique.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
This Bond is as fast on his feet as with his wits; an ironic scowl creases his face; he's battle ready yet war-weary.
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Brian Case
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Confused plot and digressive globe trotting notwithstanding, the best Bond in years.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Dalton, the latest successor to the role of James Bond, is well equipped for his new responsibilities. He has enough presence, the right debonair looks and the kind of energy that the Bond series has lately been lacking.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dalton, with his athletic sort of Brit-yuppie work ethic and romantic streak, comes out all right.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A snazzy spy thriller.
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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