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The Early Reviews of No Time to Die Are In. Here's What the Critics Are Saying

Craig's final outing as James Bond sounds like it's worth the wait.
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If you don't mind, we want to ask you to take a breather from guessing who will follow up Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. (You're going to have to wait until next year, anyway.)

In advance of No Time to Die's premiere on October 8th, a batch of critics have finally seen the damn thing we've been waiting years for—and it sounds like the delays have (mostly) been worth it. The first wave of No Time to Die reviews have been largely positive, noting that the film is a fitting, emotional, and sweet sendoff to Daniel Craig in his last outing as 007. Aside from Craig's farewell turn, critics are praising Ana de Armas and Rami Malek's performancesespecially, as well as the Bondness of it all.

No Time to Die is a terrific movie: an up-to-the-minute, down-to-the-wire James Bond thriller with a satisfying neo-classical edge," wrote Variety's Owen Gleiberman. "It’s an unabashedly conventional Bond film that’s been made with high finesse and just the right touch of soul, as well as enough sleek surprise to keep you on edge.”

Finesse, surprise, soul: What else could you ask for in a Bond joint? Of course, it's not all love for No Time to Die. The most common knock on the film so far is its runtime, which runs for two hours and 43 minutes. Critics, like CNN's Brian Lowry, are noting that the runtime alone that slows No Time to Die's momentum.

No Time to Die feels as if it’s working too hard to provide Craig a sendoff worthy of all the hype associated with it — an excess that might be summed up as simply, finally, by taking too much time to reach the finish,” wrote Lowry.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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