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Never Say Never Again Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
October 30, 2015
If you haven't seen 'Thunderball,' this is a lot more enjoyable, but matched up against one of the more exciting 007 films, 'Never Say Never' fails to do it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
September 9, 2015
Never Say Never Again is the best acted Bond picture ever made, because it clearly surpasses any predecessors in the area of inventive and clever character delineation.

People Magazine
September 9, 2015
It's not a rap against Roger Moore to say that this film seems to bring James Bond back to life. Sean Connery did, after all, define the character.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 9, 2015
Sean Connery is still up to par as James Bond in the latest adventure of Agent 007.
John Marriott
Radio Times
September 9, 2015
The plot, which owes much to Thunderball, lurches badly at times, but the wild action set pieces, decked out in gals, gadgets and glib lines, are there to be cherished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
October 7, 2013
A fitting farewell to 007's most enduring embodiment: as much a playful send-up as a loving final embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Rogers
November 11, 2012
Can we just consider 1983 a lost year for James Bond? First, "Octopussy," then Sean Connery's return in a depressing dilution of the 007 brand - one that ends with a fourth wall-breaking wink indicative less of arch fun, more of bored indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
October 29, 2012
I know Bond fans were furious about this movie cause it wasn't an Eon production, and I think they're wrong. They should be furious at it because it's a horrendous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Neil Smith
Total Film
October 23, 2012
The slick production values impress and Barbara Carrera and Klaus Maria Brandauer are good value villains, but Irvin Kershner appears to have nodded off in the director's chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
October 23, 2012
In Never Say Never Again, the formula is broadened to accommodate an older, seasoned man of much greater stature, and Mr. Connery expertly fills the bill.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 2, 2012
An ugly, unwanted epilogue [to Connery's Bond], in which the character who was so iconic and perfect is reduced to a self-conscious joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Christopher Null
May 5, 2009
There is a special place in movie hell for Never Say Never Again. Not that it's particularly bad -- though it's hardly good -- but because it's such a cheeseball experience with a strange and horrible pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
ON Magazine
April 17, 2009
Connery proved plenty fit for one more outing...a likeable but somewhat mediocre adventure handsomely mounted in the traditional Bond style...[Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 18, 2009
It's an aging and unenthusiastic Connery who returns to play Bond, who doesn't have the physicality to do justice any more to the demanding muscular role.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

Empire Magazine
October 13, 2008
Connery was perhaps wise to call it quits the first time round.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 13, 2008
Connery has style, if not quite the energy quotient (he was 53 at the time) -- some nifty editing and a redundant dance routine make him look good.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
Without absolute conviction, no action film can survive: if there's no belief, there's no danger.

TV Guide
October 13, 2008
Gone is the excessive gadgetry that mars Bond films, and, as a result, the characters are more prominent and colorful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
It is good to see Connery's grave stylishness in this role again. It makes Bond's cynicism and opportunism seem the product of genuine worldliness (and world weariness) as opposed to Roger Moore's mere twirpishness.
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Variety Staff
October 13, 2008
After a 12-year hiatus, Sean Connery is back in action as James Bond. The new entry marks something of a retreat from the far-fetched technology of many of the later Bonds in favor of intrigue and romance.
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