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GoldenEye Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Still, just about everything in Goldeneye, from its rote nuclear-weapon-in-space plot to the recitation of lines that sound like they're being read off stone tablets (''Shaken, not stirred!''), has been served up with a thirdhand generic competence that's more wearying than it is exhilarating.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    The musical score is a dud, and the film is one firebomb too long. But GoldenEye's vision is 20/20 when it comes to reviving a legend. [17Nov1995 Pg.01.D]

  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Also, there's more action in Goldeneye than in previous 007 entries -- enough to keep a ninety-minute film moving at a frantic pace. Unfortunately, this movie isn't ninety-minutes long -- it's one-hundred thirty, which means that fully one-quarter of Goldeneye is momentum-killing padding.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is the first Bond film that is self-aware, that has lost its innocence and the simplicity of its world view, and has some understanding of the absurdity and sadness of its hero.

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  • 80

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    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Most crucially, Brosnan makes the grade as 007. He handles the action capably and gets the standard quips out in a commendably straightforward way that's wry but not dismissive.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

One of the better Bonds; lots of cartoonish violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that GoldenEye is the 17th James Bond adventure and the first to feature Pierce Brosnan. It's one of the most successful and critically acclaimed of the series. After an attempt to go darker with some of the earlier films, this one went back to a PG rating. It features lots of killing, which is largely bloodless. Sex is more of an issue, with naked silhouettes during the title sequence, kissing, foreplay, and strong innuendo. Language, though infrequent, includes words such as "ass" and "bitch." Of course, drinking is also an issue. Bond has his martinis, and other characters drink, but one bad guy in particular appears to have a drinking problem, habitually swigging from a flask during tense situations. The movie advertises Perrier and a fancy watch but nothing that teens should be interested in buying.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does the movie seem less violent if many characters die but very little blood is shown?
  • What does Bond's license to kill mean? Would it be easy to have such a thing?
  • What is the appeal of Bond's vices such as sex and drinking? Can he be a hero or a good role model in spite of these things?
  • Does this movie have strong female characters, or are they stereotypes? How do they compare to women in other Bond movies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Bond's license to kill allows him to dispatch bad guys without much of a second thought.

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    Role models: Bond remains a mixed character, skillful, tough, smart, and resourceful but also subject to drinking, seducing women (and never settling down), killing without consequences, and general destruction of property. He explains to the female lead in one scene that he can't open himself up emotionally without risking his life. The women in this movie are a bit smarter and tougher than usual; they can keep up with Bond and possess their own skills.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The violence here is very cartoonish. Many characters die, but it's with little impact, and very little blood is shown. During a fight, one character has a bloody nose and mouth. A dead body is shown with a creepy grin on its face. There's some fighting and punching. A female character, Onnatop, seems to enjoy rough sexual foreplay and goes into ecstasy when fighting with men. The rougher the fighting gets, the more she seems to enjoy it. The bad guy forcibly kisses the female hero.

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    Sex: As always with Bond movies, the title sequence here is sexually suggestive with (apparently) naked women shown in silhouette. Bond flirts with two women and passionately kisses one of them. The Onnatop character seems to equate sex and violence, going into ecstasy whenever struggling with a man. Otherwise, there's lots of sexual innuendo, both direct and indirect.

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    Language: Language is fairly light and includes occasional uses of "ass," "bitch," and "damn."

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    Consumerism: During a chase scene, Bond crashes into a prominently displayed Perrier truck, crashing thousands of bottles to the pavement. And, as in the other Bond movies, this one shows off very fancy watches and cars; at the time, there were ad campaigns wherein consumers could buy the watch brand (Omega) from the movie.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Most characters seem to drink in this movie. Bond has his usual vodka martini ("shaken, not stirred"), and M keeps a bottle of bourbon in her desk (she shares a glass with Bond). But one of the bad guys appears to have a drinking problem. He takes manic swigs from a flask during tense moments, and this is shown several times.