The color is handsome. The scenery in the Bahamas is an irresistible lure. Even the violence is funny. That's the best I can say for a Bond film.
Bosley Crowther - New York Times
Slightly bloated Bond, with too much technology for my taste and a climactic slaughter that's a little too mindless to be much fun.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
There's visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it's posh all the way.
Variety Staff - Variety
Classic 007 -- not the best picture in the long-running series, to be sure, but a more-than-worthwhile diversion for the action-loving escapist in us all.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
If Thunderball's gimmickry seems to overreach at times, Actor Connery gains assurance from film to film, by now delivers all his soppiest Jimcracks martini-dry.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
Connery's Bond was never better than this.
Dean Essner - Total Film
The ambition is evident throughout, but the execution just doesn't have enough energy to sustain it. THUNDERBALL is very sluggish.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Turgidly paced and overly reliant on less-than-thrilling underwater sequences, it's the "Moonraker" of Sean Connery's run -a misstep defined by heyday technology that the producers thought would look cool in the era but feels hopelessly stale today.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
A particularly energetic, jaunty Bond adventure, the kind that is just plain fun to watch, in a perfectly relaxed and undemanding register.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Even James Bond can miss his mark.
Scott G. Mignola - Common Sense Media
Thunderball, the biggest, most lavish, and longest Bond film at that time, was the most popular of its day.
Sean Axmaker - Turner Classic Movies Online
It was still fun despite its shortcomings.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sean Connery's fourth Bond film, Thunderball, slips from the peak of From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, but still provides plenty of thrills of the brand only 007 can provide. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Formulaic it may be, but this is still classic 007 action, featuring great underwater sequences and a wicked femme fatale.
Dean Essner - Film4
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Sean Connery is fantastic
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
The fourth Bond, marking the point at which spectacular hardware began to dominate the series. Sleek and quite fun all the same.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Certainly among the top five of all Bonds, and still socko.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It loosely maintains the series' early wit, which may be solely attributed, perhaps, to ease with which Sean Connery inhabits the role of Bond.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
If it doesn't live up to its illustrious predecessors...well, it still has Connery, and that's a plus in anybody's book.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Two Bond staples, gratuitous sex and violence, are captured in Thunderball's underwater-photography scenes, and they still look incredible 25 years later.
Dean Essner - Austin Chronicle
...the movie becomes bogged down in underwater adventures towards the end.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A big step down from Goldfinger, but still moderately entertaining.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
It's remarkably good fun. It's retro enough to be amusing in the dull bits and timeless enough to be fresh and vital today.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Fun Bond flick.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
While enjoyable, this is probably the most overrated Bond movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
In this, the fourth instalment in the series from the original team, you have a classic Bond film that wants for nothing but a trim.
Nick Hilditch - BBC
Sometimes the most dated parts of an old film can be the most enjoyable; so it is with Bond's fifth movie, Thunderball.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Not the perfect Bond film, but it still represents the series in its zenith and provides excellent entertainment even after more than three decades.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's too long and doesn't make any sense at times, but it's a real jaw-dropper (especially for 1965).
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com