100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Casino Royale is fresh, actually fresh.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie is NEW from the get-go. It could be your first Bond. In fact, it was the first Bond; it was Ian Fleming's first 007 novel, and he was still discovering who the character was.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Relaunches the series by doing something I wouldn't have thought possible: It turns Bond into a human being again -- a gruffly charming yet volatile chap who may be the swank king stud of the Western world, but who still has room for rage, fear, vulnerability, love.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Fans of anyone other than Sean Connery who has played James Bond may want to look away, because admirers of Ian Fleming's 007 novels are almost bound to agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Craig gives us James Bond in the fascinating act of inventing himself. This you do not want to miss.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
What a relief to escape the series' increasing bondage to high-tech gimmicks in favor of intrigue and suspense featuring richly nuanced characters and women who think the body's sexiest organ is the brain.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Daniel Craig isn't merely acceptable, but formidable. His Bond is at least the equal of the best ones before him, and beats all of them in sheer intensity.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Like Connery - but in different proportions - Craig is earthy and erotic, holding himself like a smoking gun.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
If you miss the old cliches, consider whether, after 21 Bond films and countless parodies, your response is simply Pavlovian.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film is about a half hour too long. The third act drags and an extended high-stakes poker game doesn't always keep our attention. But this is a superior Bond.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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