Casino Royale Reviews

  • Casino Royale is the best Bond film in thirty years. Daniel Craig brings a toughness and edge long absent from the role.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • In Casino Royale, Bond is still learning to tame his impulses into a style, and he's all the more dangerous because of it.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The latest James Bond vehicle finds the British spy leaner, meaner and a whole lot darker.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • By the end of a curiously back-to-front film, when he finally gets his theme tune and introduces himself -- 'Bond. James Bond' -- he, like the creaky franchise itself, seems profoundly unsure whether he is coming or going.

    Tim Adams — Guardian [UK]

  • [Craig's] portrayal feels grittier and more complex than previous 007s. This is also partly the result of a better script, by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Oscar winner Paul Haggis, as well as top-notch directing by Martin Campbell.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Half an hour too long and with too many villains we really can't place in the plot, Casino Royale nevertheless proves you seldom go wrong if you make a movie that leaves you stirred, not shaken.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • Let the purists squawk: In Daniel Craig, the Bond franchise has finally found a 007 whose cruel charisma rivals that of Sean Connery.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • To say Casino Royale ranks among the best Bond offerings is not intended as backhanded praise.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Fans of anyone other than Sean Connery who has played James Bond may want to look away, because admirers of Ian Fleming's 007 novels are almost bound to agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • It's The Spy Who Came In From the Warmth.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • What, no jet packs? No world-conquering supervillains orbiting the planet? No preference for shaken martinis?

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The tone isn't as cute or vapid as most installments; it's actually a little sinister compared with any recent Bond.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • You don't need a weatherman to tell you the 21st installment in the franchise brings an invigorating chill to the air.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • I hope Craig finds more moments like that in Bond. And I hope he gets to wear that tuxedo again and again and again.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Casino Royale, though half an hour too long, is the first semi-serious stab at Fleming, and at the treacherous terrain that he marked out, since On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Casino Royale has the answers to all my complaints about the 45-year-old James Bond series, and some I hadn't even thought of.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Meet the new Bond, not the same as the old Bond -- and thank God for that.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A renewed sense of engagement informs director Martin Campbell's tough, absorbing adaptation of the 1953 Ian Fleming novel, the one that started the whole 007 business.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The script updates Ian Fleming's first Bond novel to a post-9/11 world and scales back the silliness that always seems to creep into the series.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • You who carped that the 007 films had devolved into a catalog of fresh gadgets and stale puns, eat crow. You who said that the Austin Powers superspy spoofs made James Bond irrelevant, behave.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

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