You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice (1967)

James Bond heads East to save the world (and to learn how to serve saki properly) in this action-packed espionage adventure. When an American spacecraft disappears during a mission, it's widely believed to have been intercepted by the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick.

TIME Magazine

There have been so many flamboyant imitations that the original looks like a copy.

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Time Out

Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

Another fun, exciting James Bond adventure even if it's the first of the initial five 007 outings that doesn't live up to series' expectations.

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Variety Staff

Sean Connery plays 007 with his usual finesse.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This noisy and wildly violent picture... is evidently pegged to the notion that nothing succeeds like excess. And because it is shamelessly excessive, it is about a half-hour too long.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Sluggish Bond entry has cartoonish violence, stereotyping.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Tired, poorly paced Bond from 1967, with Sean Connery displaying his discontent.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This one is top-heavy with gadgets but weak on plotting and getting everything to work at the same time.

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Emanuel Levy

The fifth Bond film, with Agent 007 in the East, is not as good as the previous ones, but it still offers escapist entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
my favorite soundtrack? good, slightly over the top Bond.
Josh Lewis
The Bond series goes a little too over the top here with a plot that is outright ridiculous. This one is not nearly as good as the ones before it, although… More
Jens S.
review coming.
KJ Proulx
It may not have the best story, which is what the first two bond films benefitted from, but the action is absolutely brilliant and heart-pounding. Bond is at it… More
Chris Weber
Okay, so while this film might have some really over-the-top moments that really test believability and prove quite silly and logic defying, this is… More
Al S
An exhilarating, smart and absurdly entertaining action-adventure. The gadgets, the wit, the action, romance and suspense are all here and to stay. It`s great… More