Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
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  1. This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours.
  2. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    60
    In his third and most comfortable effort to model the Bond mantle, Pierce Brosnan bears noticeably more resemblance to a real human being.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    60
    There still is enough tightly staged action and sly humor to earn this latest installment a memorable place in Bond canon.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    007 is undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.
  5. The hero himself has been denatured for a young, late 1990s audience with little appreciation for real suavity or sex play.
  6. If moviegoers really thought about the violence, sexism, and materialism at the core of the series, the whole shebang might vanish overnight.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The movie is better than you've heard, although that's not saying a lot.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 50
    Makes the strongest case for retirement since late-period Roger Moore.
  11. 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.
  12. James Bond hasn't been this boring since Timothy Dalton carried the license to kill.
  13. 40
    Bond spends an awful lot of time being rescued from peril by supporting characters.
  14. Solid 007 entertainment -- not as bad as some of the recent Bonds but not as spunky as some of the series' originals.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Apr 24, 2014
    5
    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 »
  2. Jul 16, 2013
    9
    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 »
  3. Jul 10, 2013
    5
    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 greatIt'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 »