“It's Bond. And Beyond.”
“Colorful Characters, Vehicles & Gadgets, But Ken Adam & Richard Kiel Steal The Show.”
The film moves along at a serviceable clip, but it seems half an hour too long.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
The ostensible hero is just a fleshy blur.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
As always, story and plastic character are in the service of comic strip parody.
Variety Staff - Variety
Of Roger Moore's seven James Bond pictures, The Spy Who Loved Me stands out as the best.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Never did top that first stunt.
- TIME Magazine
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is not as good as I remembered it. All of its chases and action were much better in my memories. In reality, they're a bit lackluster.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
In a tremendous film that shows Moore's Bond still has the old razzle-dazzle, "Nobody Does It Better" isn't just a theme song. It's a forceful and fun statement of purpose, and "Spy" offers the franchise the definitive jolt it so sorely needed.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The best combination of japery and seriousness, without descending into the clowning that would be a part of all but one of Moore's subsequent adventures [as Bond].
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
1977's 007 still gettin' lucky in underwater lair.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Overwhelmed with its cartoonish absurdity.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It may not be Fleming but it is terrific fun.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
As the Bond series moved deeper into the 1970s, the emphasis moved away from the inventive scripts that made the best Sean Connery films fine examples of the spy genre and toward the kind of feats of daring and visual spectacle.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
... the first truly original Bond movie, this one is actually more tightly constructed than several of the adaptations and remains consistently surprising and witty.
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
007 lives in the best of the Moore Bonds ...
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
This is near-camp and its success sent a strong message to its producers about what audiences wanted to see: Bigger, bolder, louder, sexier.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The film has its moments -- Kiel's indestructible heavy racks up a good score -- but the rest is desperately weak.
- Time Out
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
One of the better Moore outings.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
James Plath - DVDTown.com
It's Bond with Roger Moore, and this is one of the best of his.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Not the best Bond, but not the worst either.
Luanne Brown - Chico Enterprise-Record
One of the best of the Moore Bonds, this is non-stop, gloriously excessive entertainment.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Not only Roger Moore's best, but one of the few Bond films that can stand apart from the series as a superb action movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The best Bond movie of the Moore era
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
David Poland - Hot Button
With its comic edge, this is one of the better Bonds.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The best of the Roger Moore Bond films has much to praise.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Bond series begins a downhill slide into camp with this one.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Un clasico, con espias hermosas, persecuciones submarinas, y el toque de Bond.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
From the adrenaline-inducing pre-credits ski chase to the gun battle as the crew of two submarines attempt to take a hollowed-out supertanker from an army of bad guys, the action sequences soar.
Piers Beckley - BBC
...pulled Roger Moore from the shadow of his predecessor and established him as a bone fide Bond.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Is there no end to Bond's skills?
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
One of the best Bonds ever made.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Roger Moore may not be the toughest of the Bonds, and he may not be the wittiest, but he is the smoothest.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com