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Thunderball Reviews

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 27, 2015
For all its flaws, it was classic Bond. And remains so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 27, 2015
Director Terence Young never quite solves the pacing problems posed by filming underwater, but John Stears's Oscar-winning special effects more than compensate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
October 23, 2015
Connery's last exceptional Bond as it gives 007 a competent villain, a thrilling adventure in an unusual setting, great Bond Babes and one of the series' all-time best scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
October 23, 2015
Terence Young's direction is nothing if not taut, whisking the narrative along with the speed and precision of a jet plane, defying one to express boredom.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 29, 2012
The fourth, most commercially successful Bond to date, is known for its pre-credits sequences, underwater battles, and escalating number of violent deaths.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Total Film
October 23, 2012
Connery's Bond was never better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 19, 2012
The ambition is evident throughout, but the execution just doesn't have enough energy to sustain it. THUNDERBALL is very sluggish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
June 30, 2012
Turgidly paced and overly reliant on less-than-thrilling underwater sequences, it's the "Moonraker" of Sean Connery's run -a misstep defined by heyday technology that the producers thought would look cool in the era but feels hopelessly stale today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 17, 2012
A particularly energetic, jaunty Bond adventure, the kind that is just plain fun to watch, in a perfectly relaxed and undemanding register.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Even James Bond can miss his mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
April 4, 2009
Thunderball, the biggest, most lavish, and longest Bond film at that time, was the most popular of its day.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 12, 2009
It was still fun despite its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 25, 2008
Sean Connery's fourth Bond film, Thunderball, slips from the peak of From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, but still provides plenty of thrills of the brand only 007 can provide. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
If Thunderball's gimmickry seems to overreach at times, Actor Connery gains assurance from film to film, by now delivers all his soppiest Jimcracks martini-dry.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2008
Slightly bloated Bond, with too much technology for my taste and a climactic slaughter that's a little too mindless to be much fun.

TV Guide
May 6, 2008
The action is reasonably well-staged, but the film is overlong and occasionally draggy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 6, 2008
There's visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it's posh all the way.

Film4
May 6, 2008
Formulaic it may be, but this is still classic 007 action, featuring great underwater sequences and a wicked femme fatale.
February 7, 2008
Sean Connery is fantastic
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
The fourth Bond, marking the point at which spectacular hardware began to dominate the series. Sleek and quite fun all the same.
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