Tomorrow Never Dies

Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Howard Cohen
    Nov 7, 2015
    88
    From its explosive opening sequence at a terrorist arms bazaar on the Russian border to a knockout climax on a stealth ship on the South China seas, Tomorrow Never Dies delivers what 007 aficionados demand: dynamite action, sharp one-liners and edgy style. [19 Dec 1997, p.4G]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Nov 6, 2015
    80
    All in all, Bond 18 is an impressive, entertainingly uproarious spy thriller, with a pinch of Goldfinger charm, an oasis of impossible stunts, gorgeous women and throw-away one-liners. Great stuff.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Nov 6, 2015
    80
    For the most part, then, Tomorrow Never Dies is a straightforward action picture. And since the action is clearly and suspensefully staged, this unpretentious production turns out to be the best Bond flick in years.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Joe Holleman
    Nov 7, 2015
    75
    This 19th Bond film has all of the required scenes, lines, gags and gadgets to keep Bond fans pleased - as well as a few new twists to update and energize it. [19 Dec 1997, p.E3]
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Nov 6, 2015
    75
    Tomorrow Never Dies is convincing proof that there's life yet in fiction's most famous cold warrior. In fact, because the film shifts the focus from Evil Empires to crazed terrorists, it's possible to walk away with a double good feeling: Not only does good triumph over evil, but countries of differing ideologies are able to work together.
  8. 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.
  9. 75
    Tomorrow Never Dies is a better film than Goldeneye. In fact, it's the best Bond film in many years.
  10. If the formula seems a little tired, it still has more sophistication and pizzazz than most action films.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Charlotte Observer
    Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Nov 7, 2015
    67
    Brosnan has toughened up emotionally for his second outing. He's been teamed with Asian action star Michelle Yeoh as Chinese agent Wai Lin, and he's been given a script that provides more fun than the lethargic "GoldenEye." [19 Dec 1997, p.11E]
  14. 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.
  15. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Nov 7, 2015
    63
    The movie delivers, if you're looking for a big-screen, big-stunt, action blockbuster that happens to have the Bond brand name on it. If you're looking for a movie with narrative coherence that recreates, or develops, the Bond mythology that first came to screen in the early sixties, go back to your video store: The current Bond franchise is a Van Damme movie with a bigger budget and British accents. [19 Dec 1997, p.C6]
  16. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Nov 6, 2015
    63
    Bond, like rock 'n' roll -- or Tomorrow -- may never die. Even so, watching the movie explode and crash its way toward its climax, I could only keep thinking: Come back, Richard Maibaum.
  17. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 6, 2015
    63
    Tomorrow Never Dies sticks to the Bond formula without bringing anything new, or particularly inspired, to the proceedings. (Besides a lot of shameless product placement, that is.)
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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.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 »
  2. Feb 6, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This James Bond film is truly underrated , There is so much to love about it, the action is fantastic and the acting is quite good. The villain of the film and his henchmen were interesting and was a simple plot to follow. The Q scenes in this film are very memorable and it screams 90's.The soundtrack is excellent, but the Sheryl Crow theme is overrated, most people say Kd Lang's Surrender would fit perfectly, so do I. The plot is pretty simple, but could have been better, overall. The plot simply is about taking down the media mogul who wants world domination and exclusive rights in China. I truly think that critics got it wrong because about 50 minutes of the film was excellent and the other half was good. The one liners are good , but at times cheesy. It's an overall great 007 movie , but with a simple plot to work around. Full Review »
  3. Jan 5, 2016
    5
    WHAT I LIKED: Some very thrilling action sequences and clasic Bond-style dialogue feature heavily here. It's massiveoy cliched - but not in aWHAT I LIKED: Some very thrilling action sequences and clasic Bond-style dialogue feature heavily here. It's massiveoy cliched - but not in a bad way
    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It is cliched, but also very formulaic, 'Tomorrow never dies' lacks interesting plot, character, pace or depth to keep it engaging. It leaves you kind of bored - and that's not a place you want to be
    VERDICT: A truly forgettable Bond with only the action sequences to redeem this very formulaic Bond adventure.
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