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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The fourth Bond, marking the point at which spectacular hardware began to dominate the series. Sleek and quite fun all the same."
‑ , Time Out
"The fourth, most commercially successful Bond to date, is known for its pre-credits sequences, underwater battles, and escalating number of violent deaths."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Thunderball, the biggest, most lavish, and longest Bond film at that time, was the most popular of its day."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Slightly bloated Bond, with too much technology for my taste and a climactic slaughter that's a little too mindless to be much fun."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Connery's Bond was never better than this."
‑ , Total Film
"A particularly energetic, jaunty Bond adventure, the kind that is just plain fun to watch, in a perfectly relaxed and undemanding register."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It was still fun despite its shortcomings."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it's posh all the way."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The ambition is evident throughout, but the execution just doesn't have enough energy to sustain it. THUNDERBALL is very sluggish."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Even James Bond can miss his mark."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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