Makes no pretense of being based on anything except the Ian Fleming character and the high good humor and wit of the film makers.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
Glen's willingness to give the action sequences a certain weight and seriousness produces some genuinely exciting moments, yet his work is everywhere undermined by the flatness of the characterizations and the uncertain architecture of the plot.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Film's high points are the spectaccular aerial stuntwork marking both the pre-credits teaser and extremely dangerous-looking climax.
Variety Staff - Variety
There's a fine line between wit and absurdity, and this particular movie too often falls on the wrong side.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Bond had degenerated into a male model, and something of a genial anachronism.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Octopussy features 2 stand-out action sequences but for the most part, it's an overlong, sluggish, and schizophrenic entry in the Bond series.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
James Bond is old. Wrinkled-forehead old. Lecherous-coot old. Strategic-hairstyle old. Senior meal-discount old. Simply ... old. That's the biggest takeaway from Roger Moore's second-worst outing as 007, hot on the heels of his second-best.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
While the film is the first of the genuinely bloated Bond movies, it only rarely drags.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
One for the die hards. The saving grace here is a knowing sense of humour so lacking in its predecessor, For Your Eyes Only.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Nice title, shame about the movie.
Dean Essner - Film4
Little is added that departs from the Bond formula.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The Roger Moore Bond days are drawing to close, as this weak entry shows.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
A fun little Bond flick
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Hardly Mr. Bond's finest hour.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The action sequences are tighter, the visual gags more inventive, and if the plot is no great shakes, the whole thing is served up with a decent approximation to the old panache.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
I've never been a big fan of this Bond flick. Catchy name, though.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Roger Moore's best performance as Bond. He's sterling in this one.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Worst of the Roger Moore Bond films has a license to bore.
James Rocchi - Netflix
May satisfy die hard Bond fans, but won't work for anyone else. Among the franchise's weakest efforts.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Great Bond. Lousy title.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The joy of a great Bond movie is the way it pushes the limits of believability -- and knows when to stop. Octopussy fails.
Debbie Barham - BBC
It's popcorn movie making at its most fundamental level, executed with a sense of fun and a minimum of bombast.
Scott Renshaw - Apollo Guide
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
...more than a bit silly compared to its immediate predecessor.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis