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.
Roger Greenspun - New York Times
It doesn't have the wit and it doesn't have the style of the best Bond movies.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
The comic book plot meanders through a series of hardware production numbers.
Variety Staff - Variety
The only thing about Live and Let Die to weather the test of time is its title song.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
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.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Roger Moore's first 007 job is still top entertainment.
Dean Essner - Total Film
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.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The first outright terrible Bond picture.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Tacky and cartoonish.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It can't quite muster an explosive third act to match previous jaunts, but Moore had got his feet under the table.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Moore acquits himself in a larger than life adventure peppered with enjoyably rotten gags and lots of playful action.
Dean Essner - Film4
Less macho than Sean Connery's Bond, Moore's fastidiously dressed 007 survives by his wits and injects more humor into the proceedings.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The supernatural element isn't really Bond
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Brian Tallerico - UGO
Two hours long and anti-climactic, but Bond fans won't be disappointed.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Theme song by Paul McCartney is best part, but this is also one of Moore's best Bonds.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Its cheerful racism is overcome by a grand sense of fun and some of Moore's best moments in the franchise.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Moore lacks 007 killer instinct & sex appeal.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Roger Moore's inauspicious screen debut as 007. He had big shoes to fill with Connery gone, and this first of his long series of Bond associations proved less than promising.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Live and Let Die is not only a terrible James Bond flick, it's a terrible movie period.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Brandon Judell - PopcornQ
One of the last great, funky James Bond films before the eighties brought us a tamer, more plastic Bond.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Great stunts and a cool theme song, but the Harlem scenes aren't quite superfly enough for me.
Dan Lybarger - Lawrence Journal-World
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
A film that ranks with the best Bonds.
William Mager - BBC
A true guilty pleasure among Bond films.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Where is SPECTRE when you need it?
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews