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      You Only Live Twice Reviews

      You Only Live Twice is easily one of the cleanest and most well-built Bond films.

      Full Review | Original Score: B+ | Aug 28, 2022

      This one's a lot of fun.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Sep 25, 2021

      The special effects aren't as visually pleasing as one might hope for, with many of the stunts clearly designed to be performed by actors in front of greenscreens.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/10 | Aug 27, 2020

      While far from perfect, the film stands as a series crowning achievement of spectacle, soaring Bond to literal new heights and proving that sometimes bigger is better.

      Full Review | Aug 11, 2020

      I'm going to be honest - You Only Live Twice doesn't have the best story...but in saying that, I still love this film immensely.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Jul 16, 2020

      The gadgets are demure, house broken, the Japanese settings are restful, the plot, such as it is, is taken seriously.

      Full Review | Feb 6, 2020

      The outlandish elements that were soon to become tired in the Bond series are actually quite novel and imaginative here.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Oct 31, 2019

      Still plenty of fun to be had, so long as you ignore the ... old fashioned aspects of the film, and have a sense of humour about it.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jan 27, 2019

      No samurai armour; no suicide garden; not much really of Fleming's bizarre, obsessive travelogue.

      Full Review | Jul 18, 2018

      The picture is upholstered to the nines, which means there has been no cheating on the production values. Lewis Gilbert's directorial pace is at outer-space speed all the time.

      Full Review | Dec 30, 2017

      This is one of the best of the Sean Connery Bond films.

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Oct 27, 2015

      A major draw was the establishment of Blofeld -- only tantalisingly glimpsed in previous Bonds -- played with malevolent magnificence by Donald Pleasance sporting a painful scar around his eye.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Oct 27, 2015

      Whatever else one can say about the Bond films, their mechanical gimmicks run rings round anything offered by most of the other spy and secret agent films.

      Full Review | Oct 23, 2015

      Another fun, exciting James Bond adventure even if it's the first of the initial five 007 outings that doesn't live up to series' expectations.

      Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10 | May 31, 2014

      Sluggish Bond entry has cartoonish violence, stereotyping.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Mar 13, 2014

      The fifth Bond film, with Agent 007 in the East, is not as good as the previous ones, but it still offers escapist entertainment.

      Full Review | Original Score: B- | Nov 17, 2012

      the action scenes are quite enjoyable and the special effects are terrific. But the story is just so lazy and lackluster that I became uninterested during any scenes that didn't contain gunshots or explosions.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | Oct 21, 2012

      What seems like a floundering follow-up to the canned, constrained "Thunderball" rights the ship with imaginative storytelling, impeccable production design and furious filmmaking flourishes that introduce the Bond hallmarks of stunts and spectacles.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5 | Aug 10, 2012

      The one where the franchise became out-and-out ridiculous.

      Full Review | Original Score: 8/10 | Jul 1, 2012

      It vainly tries to flash its escapist fun teeth with the usual implausible Bond plot.

      Full Review | Original Score: B- | Feb 14, 2009

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