Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Collins
    80
    Fast, funny, very British and less militaristic than, say, The Peacemaker. On this evidence, we may be forced to say, Carry on, Bond.
  2. Tomorrow Never Dies isn't one of the great Bonds, by any means. But it's familiar, flashy and enjoyable in all the right places.
  3. 75
    There's a high gloss and some nice payoffs, but not quite as much humor as usual; Bond seems to be straying from his tongue-in-cheek origins into the realm of conventional techno-thrillers.
  4. If the formula seems a little tired, it still has more sophistication and pizzazz than most action films.
  5. 75
    Tomorrow Never Dies is a better film than Goldeneye. In fact, it's the best Bond film in many years.
  6. 70
    The hardware explodes just fine, all the right people die, and Pierce Brosnan, suave and likable as ever but no Sean Connery, not in a million years, gets the job done.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    There is plenty of bang-bang but very little kiss-kiss in Tomorrow Never Dies, a solid but somewhat by-the-numbers entry in the James Bond cycle.
  8. It's far from unenjoyable, but the dank shroud of the overfamiliar lies heavy over all, kind of like watching an Elvis concert circa 1976.
  9. 60
    The second Pierce Brosnan-fronted James Bond movie settles into the groove of unspectacular convention-adhering that has marked the series for the last couple of decades.
  10. Veteran director Roger Spottiswoode has tried to pep the old warhorse up, but the combined inertia of all those pictures over 35 years proves hard to budge.
  11. Despite Mr. Brosnan's best efforts to be lethally debonair, the Bond franchise has sacrificed most of what made this character unique in the first place, turning the world's suavest spy into one more pitchman and fashion plate. This latest film is such a generic action event that it could be any old summer blockbuster, except that its hero is chronically overdressed.
  12. 60
    Tomorrow is propelled by relentless action. Chase scenes are interrupted not by witty conversation or sexy conquests but by the rattle of machine gun fire.
  13. The film forgets that Bond's most dangerous actions have always been his quietest ones, in which he uses his charisma to turn his enemies against themselves.
  14. Pierce Brosnan wisecracks his way through the starring role with more aplomb than credibility.
  15. What's pleasing about this movie is its enduring adherence to the Bondian ideal.
  16. 50
    Ultimately, though, the film is forgettable even by the standards of prefabricated pop ephemera.
  17. 50
    The movie is efficient but scores zero in suspense, wit or class.
  18. Reviewed by: David Denby
    50
    If more can't be found in Bond than this, I wouldn't object, in principle, to that tuxedo's being hung up in the closet for good.
  19. 50
    Brosnan proved his worth last time around; but, sad to say, the rest of Tomorrow Never Dies lacks the wit and inventiveness of GoldenEye, let alone of Goldfinger.
  20. Apart from the welcome grace and pluck of Asian action star Michelle Yeoh--who all but steals the movie away from Pierce Brosnan's Bond and single-handedly makes this a better wedding of Hong Kong and Hollywood than either Rumble in the Bronx or Face/Off--this film has no personality whatsoever.
  21. Reviewed by: Tom Meek
    20
    Tomorrow Never Dies, like the commercial marketing assault the Bond cast has been involved in, is a hollow experience that's egregiously trumped up by its high energy glitz and gimmickry. Somewhere, in their rush to amaze and thrill, the filmmakers forgot about Bond, the man.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 16, 2013
    6
    While it can have some entertaining action sequences, the story lacks- majorly. There are some good lines in there, but the film relies too much on action to make up for the lacking story, so it falls short. Plus, none of the characters are very memorable here... Full Review »
  2. Jul 10, 2013
    6
    It's such a fun movie! So much great action and a bike and car chase! Pure Bondism. Watch this and feel the same thrills that went through my body when I watched this. The plot is over the top, but it's a Bond movie and damn good one. Full Review »
  3. Aug 6, 2012
    10
    I wouldn't bother with the critic's ratings, but this had got to be one of the best action adventure movies ever, especially for a Bond movie. With seven non-stop action scenes and limited drama, this movie was a blasting thrill in 1997. No other action movie later than 1997 was as performing, predictable and as great as this one. Full Review »