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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 37 out of 69
  2. Negative: 6 out of 69

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  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 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.
  2. Oct 14, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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, and it shows in everything in it.
  4. 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 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 isPierce 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. Expand
  5. 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 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!
  6. Nov 20, 2012
    6
    Not a bad movie to be exact, but some boring scenes tend to make me sleep and the plot sometimes do not even follow to the deepen ends of this partially flawed and confusing scenario.
  7. May 23, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The nineteenth James Bond film, third for Pierce Brosnan as 007, and the only one directed my Michael Apted.

    When Bond unknowingly retrieves a bomb hidden in a suitcase full of money, and returns it to its wealthy owner Sir Robert King, a construction billionaire whose company is building an eight-hundred-mile-long oil pipeline in Azerbaijan, and is a life long friend of "M"'s (Dame Judi Dench), at MI6 headquarters in London, the bomb explodes and kills King and blows a hole in the side of the building. After figuring out that the terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle) is behind the bombing, Bond is sent to protect King's beautiful daughter Elektra (Sophie Marceau), who had been kidnapped by Renard several years earlier and held for ransom, but at "M"'s urging he never received the ransom money, and Elektra claims to have escaped on her own. 007 then finds out that Elektra suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, and is in love with Renard, and has plotted with him to kill her own father, and kidnap and kill "M". Then they will steal a nuclear device and plant it on a Russian sub and blow it up destroying three competing Russian oil pipelines, to which Elektra's family pipeline would profit exponentially. So 007 must chase after Elektra and Renard, to stop their plan and rescue "M", with the help of nuclear specialist Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards).

    This is the worst of four Brosnan 007 films. Not that it is his fault, he is great as usual, but what a waste of a potentially great bad guy in Renard. He really isn't in that much of the film, and Elektra comes out actually being the top villain. And let's face it, Denise Richards as a nuclear specialist is a joke, because she is a horrible actress and probably can't even spell the word "nuclear" (she's only good to look at). Dame Judi Dench is wonderful as usual, plus we see Desmond Llewelyn's departure as "Q", and the introduction of his successor John Cleese as the "New Q". A scene that is very ironic, since Desmond Llewelyn died not long after the release of the film. We also see the return of Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky (Robbie Coltrane) from "GoldenEye". And one last note, Sophie Marceau is one of the most beautiful women to ever be in a James Bond film.
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  8. TomL
    Jun 27, 2008
    6
    Average acting, good beginning, bad ending, average storyline, average action, average locations, average characters, pretty average in all.
  9. [Anonymous]
    Dec 3, 2005
    7
    Not a bad movie, but compared to Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, somewhat dissapointing. Tries for a more ambitious story involving old friends and M being some sort of Godmother, but faulty writing and scripting causes a plot that doesn't flow very well and is sometimes hard to follow. The action ain't all that exciting in this installment, although the boat chase and Not a bad movie, but compared to Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, somewhat dissapointing. Tries for a more ambitious story involving old friends and M being some sort of Godmother, but faulty writing and scripting causes a plot that doesn't flow very well and is sometimes hard to follow. The action ain't all that exciting in this installment, although the boat chase and parahawk chase show creativity. Sophie Marceau's gorgeous presence is more than welcome, far outdoing Denise Richards. Expand
  10. PatC.
    Jan 5, 2004
    5
    Hey c'mon. It's James Bond. What were you looking for, originality?
  11. AdamE.
    Nov 27, 2002
    5
    Probably one of the worst Bond films ever made but it is still quite entertaining and original.
  12. RyanM.
    Oct 26, 2002
    2
    These Bond movies just keep getting lamer and lamer, and it's hard to believe that if this pattern continues, "World" will not be the lamest.
  13. JoeC.
    Aug 8, 2002
    2
    This movie was the worst Bond movie I ever saw. Denise Richards cannot act and the end sequence with the sub was so boring I fell asleep at the theatre.
  14. GregM.
    Jun 11, 2002
    10
    This, Brosnan's 3rd Bond film, is one of the best ones I've seen. The opening sequence is very entertaining. The plot is a little hard to follow the first time you watch it, but the second time, you'll be begging for more Bond! With wonderful acting, a super hero-like villain, beautiful Bond girls, wonderful action scenes, and a great script, this movie leaves you wondering This, Brosnan's 3rd Bond film, is one of the best ones I've seen. The opening sequence is very entertaining. The plot is a little hard to follow the first time you watch it, but the second time, you'll be begging for more Bond! With wonderful acting, a super hero-like villain, beautiful Bond girls, wonderful action scenes, and a great script, this movie leaves you wondering if the next film could be better than this!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  15. MattM.
    Jul 27, 2001
    10
    A fantastic addition to the James Bond series - easily one of the best ones every made. It's quick, clever, graceful, and ingenious. Pierce Brosnan makes a perfect Bond once again. Sophie Marceau takes a terrific turn as Elektra, the oil heiress that Bond must protect. Robert Carlyle expertly plays the villain Renard. Denise Richards is not entirely believable as nuclear physicist A fantastic addition to the James Bond series - easily one of the best ones every made. It's quick, clever, graceful, and ingenious. Pierce Brosnan makes a perfect Bond once again. Sophie Marceau takes a terrific turn as Elektra, the oil heiress that Bond must protect. Robert Carlyle expertly plays the villain Renard. Denise Richards is not entirely believable as nuclear physicist Christmas Jones, but she does her best with the material she is given. Great action sequences help bring the film to excellence. Expand
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Nov 6, 2015
    60
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Nov 6, 2015
    60
    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.