The Early Reviews of No Time to Die Are In. Here's What the Critics Are Saying
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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 performances, especially, 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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It’s better than good. It’s magnificent. With #NoTimetoDie, Daniel Craig's Bond has finally delivered on his initial promise – a moving portrait of an antiquated hero facing his own obsolescence https://t.co/ElmpTcfCUZ
— The Times (@thetimes) September 28, 2021
Review: "No Time to Die" is an imperfect movie. But it’s a perfect finale for the Best James Bond everhttps://t.co/bFiCW8Ynp9
— TIME (@TIME) September 29, 2021
‘No Time To Die’ Review: Daniel Craig Delivers A Thrilling And Emotional Exit To His James Bond https://t.co/cEKHW0bxWh
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 28, 2021
Cary Joji Fukunaga made a great action film with NO TIME TO DIE, it’s just a shame it had to be a Bond one https://t.co/G8bZHsC21z
— Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou) September 28, 2021
NO TIME TO DIE is a melodrama that’s masquerading as a blockbuster action movie, and I liked it a lot on those terms.
Little action, overlong, bad Rami Malek, and yet it’s extremely moving as an end-of-an-era epic about leaving the past behind
my review: https://t.co/3hc8sbad6d pic.twitter.com/JMihheYjEY
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 29, 2021
My review of No Time To Die (dir. Cary Fukunaga) is up here: https://t.co/kukV7FGw94
— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) September 28, 2021
— Owen Gleiberman (@OwenGleiberman) September 29, 2021
“This granite slab of a man has been a rough and tough 007 rather than a super-slick one, but here the lone wolf really does display softness.” @christinalefou reviews #NoTimeToDie ???????? https://t.co/RmyqmDSFcV
— Alice Jones (@alicevjones) September 29, 2021
— Vulture (@vulture) September 29, 2021
‘No Time to Die’ Review: Daniel Craig’s Bond Gets the Send-Off He Deserves in the Series’ Best Entry Since ‘Casino Royale’ https://t.co/VnqkVfM1rI
— Variety (@Variety) September 29, 2021
As a Bond film NO TIME TO DIE is so messy and lacking. But I applaud Daniel Craig’s goodbye. It’s unlike anything the character or franchise has ever done. My review via The Playlist (@YrOnlyHope)https://t.co/8gxrhsKsZT
— Robert Daniels (@812filmreviews) September 29, 2021
No Time To Die sees Bond faced with a missing scientist, a man with an apocalyptic vision of the world and the return of nifty gadgets https://t.co/e7dM75YKWs
— New Scientist (@newscientist) September 29, 2021
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