Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    A splendid comic thriller, exciting and graceful, endlessly inventive.
  2. Despite a few places where the air of déjà vu is a bit too thick, it's a class act, with a textured script, one of the series' more stunning title sequences.
  3. 80
    Whatever its flaws -- and it has some lulus -- it's a textbook model for how to structure action of this kind.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Puts the Bond film series (this one makes number 19)-- back on track by stressing the fundamentals and applying a bit of authentic drama for a change.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 6, 2015
    There's nothing special, shocking, or precedent-setting about the film, but it functions on a level that 007 fans will appreciate - as eye and ear candy for those who prefer action to exposition and character development.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    Fans will appreciate not only that the film is predictably solid and surprisingly sharp but that parts of it are just plain bad.
  7. There's the script -- and that's the problem.
  8. 75
    You can't beat a Bond film for adventure on a grand scale.
  9. A thoroughly satisfying, completely entertaining film that's also, rather surprisingly, an emotionally full experience.
  10. That's what Bond is all about -- dazzle, some really bad puns and the kind of sexy fun that satisfies high-school urges while masquerading in tux and tails.
  11. Comes closer to what a Bond movie should be and once was.
  12. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Isn't quite enough to save the Bond franchise -- but it does prove that 007 is Y2K-compliant.
  13. Not enough to add up to a fully satisfying movie.
  14. 70
    The formula, with its comforting arrangement of familiar elements, is what we're after, and The World Is Not Enough certainly comes through on that front.
  15. 67
    Apted ("Gorillas in the Mist," "Coal Miner's Daughter") keeps things low-key and low-tech, which makes some of the cliched Bondisms a bit easier to swallow.
  16. Fair, overlong James Bond from the second shelf.
  17. The movie's already peaked, even before the opening credits.
  18. Spoofing James Bond in the '90s may lack an original comic bite, but making James Bond in the '90s is positively toothless.
  19. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    This 19th Bond installment is passable, but only just.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Nov 6, 2015
    The latest 007 extravaganza has enough plot developments, double-entendres, emotional underpinnings and, of course, Bond girls, action scenes and explosions to furnish at least a couple of Bondfests, with plenty left over for an episode of Nash Bridges.
  21. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Nov 6, 2015
    The World Is Not Enough is, without a doubt, a solidly entertaining chapter in the Bond franchise's chequered history. But while Apted fiddles with the format, this is far from an overhaul of the blueprint, and so lacks the whiff of freshness long-time fans may have been sniffing for.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Nov 6, 2015
    Brosnan brings an intelligence and wit, together with a lightness, to the role - his softly Celtic vowels pleasingly reminiscent of Sean - along with a plausible virility Roger Moore never quite managed. And Pierce wears some beautifully tailored suits as to the manor born.
  23. This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours.
  24. In his third and most comfortable effort to model the Bond mantle, Pierce Brosnan bears noticeably more resemblance to a real human being.
  25. 60
    There still is enough tightly staged action and sly humor to earn this latest installment a memorable place in Bond canon.
  26. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    007 is undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.
  27. The hero himself has been denatured for a young, late 1990s audience with little appreciation for real suavity or sex play.
  28. If moviegoers really thought about the violence, sexism, and materialism at the core of the series, the whole shebang might vanish overnight.
  29. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The movie is better than you've heard, although that's not saying a lot.
  30. 50
    If Bond long ago became part of your fantasy life or your pop iconography, then the anticipation of a good Bond movie would probably survive even if The World Is Not Enough were worse than it is.
  31. The World Is Not Enough, like a 19th version of anything, is inanely self-parodic. So much so that one wonders why Austin Powers need have bothered in the first place.
  32. 50
    Makes the strongest case for retirement since late-period Roger Moore.
  33. The new Bond movie is pure nonsense art of the dadaist school; it follows the rules of the ridiculous as it turns narrative convention, thriller formula and special-effects set pieces into a manifesto of the purest gibberish.
  34. James Bond hasn't been this boring since Timothy Dalton carried the license to kill.
  35. Bond spends an awful lot of time being rescued from peril by supporting characters.
  36. Solid 007 entertainment -- not as bad as some of the recent Bonds but not as spunky as some of the series' originals.
  37. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 6, 2015
    Most of all, though, I wondered how much longer people will pay to see a walking, running, driving, diving, punning, smirking, swimming, skiing, shooting, parachuting corpse.
  38. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    If you're desperate for a James Bond fix, skip the movie and blow your 007 bucks on a copy of the soundtrack.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Oct 14, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The first two Bond movies with Pierce Brosnan are clearly his best, but this movie is still enjoyable. Brosnan is a reasonable good James Bond.

    Unfortunately the story is a bit complex for a Bond movie and the main villain is not very interesting: a man who can't feel pain coz a bullet is stuck in his brain sounds interesting enough, but makes for some dull fight scenes and an unsatisfying death of the bad guy.

    Judy Dench as 'M' is useless as usual and this time she even lets herself being kidnapped. Too bad Bond saves her and she only gets killed off in a later movie.

    Denise Richards is of course not very believable as a nuclear scientist and she's not even half as beautiful as Sophie Marceau is.

    The boat chase scene is very memorable though and easily one of the most spectacular Bond moments ever seen.
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  2. Apr 24, 2014
    The World is not enough is an average Bond flick with usual action and bland plot line, but nothing more to offer. The movie seems tired, andThe World is not enough is an average Bond flick with usual action and bland plot line, but nothing more to offer. The movie seems tired, and it shows in everything in it. Full Review »
  3. Jul 16, 2013
    Pierce Brosnan does a great job at bringing the emotional side of Bond to this picture and the story is inventive and interesting, even if itPierce Brosnan does a great job at bringing the emotional side of Bond to this picture and the story is inventive and interesting, even if it is at times way over the top, but that is what I want in a movie. The villains in the film are interesting and the acting is great in this film (except for one Denise Richards, who is sometimes okay, but she has her bad moments). The action is awesome in this film and the music is perfect. I really enjoyed this film and the fact that they brought the more emotional side of Bond out. Full Review »