'Diamonds Are Forever' Critic Reviews

83%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
65%
Rotten Tomatoes:   40 reviews
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    The movie's momentum is such that one never has much time to react to its lack of reason, only to its sensations of speed and narrow escape, and to the splendor of its crazy gadgets and decor.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    We see different movies for different reasons, and Diamonds Are Forever is great at doing the things we see a James Bond movie for.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Assorted ladies, a few quick lines, and one good chase, making for a mediocre entry in the series.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    Diamonds Are Forever doesn't carry the same quality or flair as its many predecessors.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    The ending, while high on pyrotechnics, is low on tension, bringing Connery's era to a rather dissatisfying conclusion.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jay Cocks TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Bond looks better than ever, partly because Sean Connery has returned to play him.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine
    75
    After struggling with a few films to find the right vibe and tone for a Bond film, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER finds a nice balance that would work for a while.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Rogers Suite101.com
    40
    Thanks to the clarity and cut of past 007 films, Sean Connery will sparkle forever. But with a dearth of action and only a fat paycheck as motivation, "Diamonds" feels less like a triumphant return and more like a cheesed-up cabaret version of Bond.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    60
    Makes the disastrous, franchise-altering decision to underscore how fusty Bond is by diving right into campines.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    67
    The clumsily executed climax reduces the quality of the film considerably.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ian Nathan Empire Magazine
    60
    Connery has a ball with great stunts, snappy dialogue and a bevy of typically Bondish beauties.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Next door to glass, but aided by the return of Connery.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    Fairly forgetable addition to the 007 series, bringing Connery's tenure to a unsatisfying close.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stefan Birgir Stefansson sbs.is
    75
    The funniest Bond movie
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Felix Gonzalez Jr. DVD Review
    A gentle burlesque of the story elements established by the first six entries ...
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jean-Francois Vandeuren Panorama
    50
    Le premier faux pas d'une serie culte qui ne sera malheureusement pas le dernier.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Christopher Null Filmcritic.com
    50
    More than a little bit embarassing.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    80
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    A wry and exhilarating bit of entertainment.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael A. Smith Nolan's Pop Culture Review
    80
    30 years later, Connery is STILL Bond!
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Alex Sandell Juicy Cerebellum
    40
    The worst of the Connery Bond films.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    40
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jon Niccum Lawrence Journal-World
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal
    80
    Full Review » 11 years ago