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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
    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: James Berardinelli
    Nov 6, 2015
    75
    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
    75
    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
    70
    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
    63
    This 19th Bond installment is passable, but only just.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jan 5, 2016
    7
    WHAT I LIKED: Brosnan's plot-heavy Bond, this adventure succeeds where others fail - in building a memorable plot and characters to bring theWHAT I LIKED: Brosnan's plot-heavy Bond, this adventure succeeds where others fail - in building a memorable plot and characters to bring the film to life.
    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It still lacks overall polish, or a good script to show off the plot - and it is a tad far-fetched even for Bond!
    VERDICT: A memorable effort from Brosnan that you wont mind watching again.
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  2. Oct 14, 2015
    7
    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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  3. 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 »