Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  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. There's the script -- and that's the problem.
  6. 75
    You can't beat a Bond film for adventure on a grand scale.
  7. 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.
  8. Comes closer to what a Bond movie should be and once was.
  9. A thoroughly satisfying, completely entertaining film that's also, rather surprisingly, an emotionally full experience.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  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. 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.
  15. Spoofing James Bond in the '90s may lack an original comic bite, but making James Bond in the '90s is positively toothless.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    This 19th Bond installment is passable, but only just.
  17. The movie's already peaked, even before the opening credits.
  18. Fair, overlong James Bond from the second shelf.
  19. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    In his third and most comfortable effort to model the Bond mantle, Pierce Brosnan bears noticeably more resemblance to a real human being.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    There still is enough tightly staged action and sly humor to earn this latest installment a memorable place in Bond canon.
  21. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    007 is undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.
  22. This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours.
  23. If moviegoers really thought about the violence, sexism, and materialism at the core of the series, the whole shebang might vanish overnight.
  24. 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.
  25. The hero himself has been denatured for a young, late 1990s audience with little appreciation for real suavity or sex play.
  26. 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.
  27. 50
    Makes the strongest case for retirement since late-period Roger Moore.
  28. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The movie is better than you've heard, although that's not saying a lot.
  29. 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.
  30. James Bond hasn't been this boring since Timothy Dalton carried the license to kill.
  31. 40
    Bond spends an awful lot of time being rescued from peril by supporting characters.
  32. Solid 007 entertainment -- not as bad as some of the recent Bonds but not as spunky as some of the series' originals.
  33. 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 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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, and it shows in everything in it. Full Review »
  2. 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 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 »
  3. Jul 10, 2013
    It's a very average Bond movie with quite a lot of wasted potential, but yet I still have so much fun with this. I think there's a great relationship between Bond and the female villain. Nice sub-plot with M and I have to give credit to the boat chase in the pre-credits sequence. Though Denise Richards is one of the worst Bond girls, but who cares, it was a hell of alot of fun. Nuff said! Full Review »