'Live and Let Die' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   41 reviews
  • Roger Greenspun New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Live and Let Die has been especially well photographed and edited, and it makes clever and extensive use of its good title song, by Paul and Linda McCartney.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    It doesn't have the wit and it doesn't have the style of the best Bond movies.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Guy Hamilton's direction lacks enthusiasm and pace, while even the art direction -- long the Bond films' real secret weapon -- seems to have fallen to a shrunken budget.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    The comic book plot meanders through a series of hardware production numbers.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    The only thing about Live and Let Die to weather the test of time is its title song.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Setting aside an allright speedboat spectacular over land and water, the film is both perfunctory and predictable -- leaving the mind free to wander into the question of its overall taste. Or lack of it.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine
    50
    I can see how many people can be entertained by this ludicrous film, but not because it's good. It features an outstanding performance from Moore and has an enjoyably bad Blaxploitation thing going on here, but not much else.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Total Film
    60
    Roger Moore's first 007 job is still top entertainment.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Rogers Suite101.com
    70
    In the longest tenure of any James Bond performer, Roger Moore would certainly have higher highs and lower lows. And while it strays from Bond formula in ways good and bad, it's a fine introduction to a 007 more prone to crack wise than crack heads.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    50
    The first outright terrible Bond picture.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    59
    Tacky and cartoonish.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    75
    I know I probably shouldn't like Live and Let Die, but I do. This crackpot entry, the eighth, in the long-running James Bond series, is figuratively all over the map...[Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    Moore acquits himself in a larger than life adventure peppered with enjoyably rotten gags and lots of playful action.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    63
    Less macho than Sean Connery's Bond, Moore's fastidiously dressed 007 survives by his wits and injects more humor into the proceedings.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ian Nathan Empire Magazine
    80
    It can't quite muster an explosive third act to match previous jaunts, but Moore had got his feet under the table.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stefan Birgir Stefansson sbs.is
    63
    The supernatural element isn't really Bond
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico UGO
    60
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Time Out
    Two hours long and anti-climactic, but Bond fans won't be disappointed.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com
    80
    Theme song by Paul McCartney is best part, but this is also one of Moore's best Bonds.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jon Niccum Lawrence Journal-World
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jules Brenner Cinema Signals
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rob Vaux Flipside Movie Emporium
    60
    Its cheerful racism is overcome by a grand sense of fun and some of Moore's best moments in the franchise.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    50
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Victoria Alexander FilmsInReview.com
    40
    Moore lacks 007 killer instinct & sex appeal.
    Full Review » 10 years ago