'From Russia with Love' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   50 reviews
  • Bosley Crowther New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    007 is very much with us again, and anyone who hasn't yet got to know him is urged to do so right away!
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    FRWL has character and dash, and even something of a conventional plot, all worth revisiting for this pin-sharp restoration.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    For my money, still the best Bond, with a screwball plotline that keeps the locales changing and the surprises coming.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    Standing at the pinnacle of the series, From Russia with Love shows how good a Bond film can be when all the ingredients mesh.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Sophisticated? Well, not really. But fast, smart, shrewdly directed and capably performed.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine
    88
    Everything that worked in DR. NO is fully realized here. Sean Connery is 10 times more confident here as 007, oozing charm and masculinity.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    The second Bond is one of the best in the series, due to the intriguing plot, sinister villains, and fabulously staged fight aboard the Orient Express.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Rogers Suite101.com
    100
    It has more in common spiritually with Le Carre than Fleming. Only after James Bond's vulnerabilities have been further exploited than in "Dr. No" does he succeed. "Russia" is about as far as it gets from the biggest Bond, but it's easily the best.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    90
    One of just a couple Bond adventures that is genuinely great as cinema.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Gurney Common Sense Media
    60
    Creative Cold War Bond thriller is best for teens and up.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    Much of it borders on the inept and the embarrassing, and that goes for the title song sung by Matt Monro, the "singing bus-driver".
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Edward Porter Times [UK]
    60
    It's not too different from the non-Bond action thrillers of the same era, in which company it falls well short of the top film, North by Northwest. Plenty of period charm, though, and a few of the Bond franchise's most Austin Powers-esque moments.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tim Evans Sky Movies
    80
    One of the finest Bond outings, this flourished in the paranoia of the times before the franchise was devalued by an over-reliance on gadgets, camp quips and a skittish lack of focus or direction.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Neil Smith Total Film
    100
    It's no surprise Connery cites this as his favourite Bond. Would that Quantum had had a fraction of its pace, grace and style.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Dominic Wells Times [UK]
    80
    The stylish second Bond film From Russia With Love now looks as if it was shot yesterday.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Derek Adams Time Out
    50
    The film lacks the exotic, colourful flamboyance of the best of its successors. So shoot me.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Karl French Financial Times
    60
    The narrative is plodding, time has not been kind to set-pieces that were once so thrilling and now seem oddly perfunctory, and 007's misogyny and casual slapping of several women is more than faintly repellent.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    92
    This is probably the best Bond film made.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    88
    Sean Connery's second outing as James Bond became his personal favorite, and that of many Bond fans around the world. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    75
    ...a pivotal entry within the series...
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    80
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    100
    One of the best of the Bond films.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Film4
    90
    With a tight, witty script and unforgettable baddies, this is one of the very best entries in the series, stylishly cementing the formula -- for good or ill.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stefan Birgir Stefansson sbs.is
    100
    A fantastic spy thriller, Connery is Bond
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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