'Thunderball' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
85%
Rotten Tomatoes:   39 reviews
  • Bosley Crowther New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    The color is handsome. The scenery in the Bahamas is an irresistible lure. Even the violence is funny. That's the best I can say for a Bond film.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Slightly bloated Bond, with too much technology for my taste and a climactic slaughter that's a little too mindless to be much fun.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    There's visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it's posh all the way.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Classic 007 -- not the best picture in the long-running series, to be sure, but a more-than-worthwhile diversion for the action-loving escapist in us all.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    If Thunderball's gimmickry seems to overreach at times, Actor Connery gains assurance from film to film, by now delivers all his soppiest Jimcracks martini-dry.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Total Film
    80
    Connery's Bond was never better than this.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine
    50
    The ambition is evident throughout, but the execution just doesn't have enough energy to sustain it. THUNDERBALL is very sluggish.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Nick Rogers Suite101.com
    40
    Turgidly paced and overly reliant on less-than-thrilling underwater sequences, it's the "Moonraker" of Sean Connery's run -a misstep defined by heyday technology that the producers thought would look cool in the era but feels hopelessly stale today.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    70
    A particularly energetic, jaunty Bond adventure, the kind that is just plain fun to watch, in a perfectly relaxed and undemanding register.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott G. Mignola Common Sense Media
    40
    Even James Bond can miss his mark.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online
    Thunderball, the biggest, most lavish, and longest Bond film at that time, was the most popular of its day.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    67
    It was still fun despite its shortcomings.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    75
    Sean Connery's fourth Bond film, Thunderball, slips from the peak of From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, but still provides plenty of thrills of the brand only 007 can provide. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Film4
    Formulaic it may be, but this is still classic 007 action, featuring great underwater sequences and a wicked femme fatale.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Relatively disappointing.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    60
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stefan Birgir Stefansson sbs.is
    75
    Sean Connery is fantastic
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Time Out
    The fourth Bond, marking the point at which spectacular hardware began to dominate the series. Sleek and quite fun all the same.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com
    100
    Certainly among the top five of all Bonds, and still socko.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rumsey Taylor Not Coming to a Theater Near You
    It loosely maintains the series' early wit, which may be solely attributed, perhaps, to ease with which Sean Connery inhabits the role of Bond.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Andy Klein Los Angeles CityBeat
    40
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago