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
Watch On
  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
    80
    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: Andy Seiler
    75
    Fans will appreciate not only that the film is predictably solid and surprisingly sharp but that parts of it are just plain bad.
  6. There's the script -- and that's the problem.
  7. 75
    You can't beat a Bond film for adventure on a grand scale.
  8. A thoroughly satisfying, completely entertaining film that's also, rather surprisingly, an emotionally full experience.
  9. 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.
  10. Comes closer to what a Bond movie should be and once was.
  11. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    Isn't quite enough to save the Bond franchise -- but it does prove that 007 is Y2K-compliant.
  12. Not enough to add up to a fully satisfying movie.
  13. 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.
  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. Fair, overlong James Bond from the second shelf.
  16. The movie's already peaked, even before the opening credits.
  17. Spoofing James Bond in the '90s may lack an original comic bite, but making James Bond in the '90s is positively toothless.
  18. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    This 19th Bond installment is passable, but only just.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 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 »