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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.
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
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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.
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-

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.

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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Chris Peachment
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The action's good, the photography excellent, the sets decent; but the real clincher is the fact that Bond is once more played by a man with the right stuff.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
August 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: C+
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 14, 2005
Brandauer is a great Bond villain, and the role still fits Connery like an old tux.
| Original Score: 4/5
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 22, 2005
Aside from some minor flaws, the film is a surprisingly standard Bond film, one that could easily be integrated into the "official" franchise with very few adjustments.
Victoria Alexander
November 23, 2004
Connery, Brandauer and Kim-sexy!
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Ah, yes, James, it is good to have you back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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