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Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Chicago Sun-Times
A splendid comic thriller, exciting and graceful, endlessly inventive.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
A thoroughly satisfying, completely entertaining film that's also, rather surprisingly, an emotionally full experience.
75
USA Today
Fans will appreciate not only that the film is predictably solid and surprisingly sharp but that parts of it are just plain bad.
75
New York Daily News
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.
75
There's the script -- and that's the problem.
75
You can't beat a Bond film for adventure on a grand scale.
75
New York Post
Comes closer to what a Bond movie should be and once was.
70
Film.com
Isn't quite enough to save the Bond franchise -- but it does prove that 007 is Y2K-compliant.
67
Portland Oregonian
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.
63
Spoofing James Bond in the '90s may lack an original comic bite, but making James Bond in the '90s is positively toothless.
63
This 19th Bond installment is passable, but only just.
63
Fair, overlong James Bond from the second shelf.
60
Chicago Reader
This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours.
50
Entertainment Weekly
The hero himself has been denatured for a young, late 1990s audience with little appreciation for real suavity or sex play.
50
Christian Science Monitor
If moviegoers really thought about the violence, sexism, and materialism at the core of the series, the whole shebang might vanish overnight.
45
James Bond hasn't been this boring since Timothy Dalton carried the license to kill.
19
Mr. Showbiz
If you're desperate for a James Bond fix, skip the movie and blow your 007 bucks on a copy of the soundtrack.

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