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  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure

Pierce Brosnan makes his debut as Bond in a furious chase to recover a stolen stealth helicopter and a lethal space weapon known as GoldenEye.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Brosnan, however, looks set to stay. He'll never recapture the amused cool of the young Sean Connery, but he does overcome the handicap of looking like a humorless male model.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fresh: One of the more entertaining entries in the series, even if one thinks it's hogwash.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Directed with top-dollar proficiency (and some real wit).

- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"Goldeneye" is Pierce Brosnan's first turn as Bond, James Bond and it was also the first Bond movie I saw in the theater. I remember my dad taking me, and just being completely captivated. He and I have gone to each one since, and they just get better and better. Here Bond goes against the Soviet Union as they threaten the world with nuclear weapons. Sean Bean plays 006, and old associate of Bond's who is the mastermind behind war in search for world domination. This is also the first time Judi Dench plays M, and she does great. This really was a breath of fresh air for the franchise and helped keep it relevant.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, December 22, 2012

3 stars

26/09/2012 (DVD)

- EightThirty, Thursday, September 27, 2012

4 stars

I liked the Timothy Dalton Bond films, but the series needed a boost and a good update for the 90s, and it couldn't have gotten much better than this. Martin Campbell proved here that he could make an exciting, fun, and smart Bond film, and later proved he could do it again when the series once again needed reinvigorating. Brosnan makes for a pretty good Bond, and he's the closest of all the others when it comes to getting to Connery's level. The plot is good and I liked the revenge angle. Thankfully the film's plot also proved to be successfully adaptable for the video game world, as the game is just as awesome as the movie (if not a hair better). The rest of the cast and performances are good. Janssen is an excellent femme fatale, Bean makes for a good villain, Scorupco is a beauty (and she's talented). I think she disappeared after this movie, and that's a shame. I miss seeing her. Cumming is great as the geeky comic relief, and having Dench play a female "M" was a welcome and inspired move. The action is fun and well done, and there's a lot going on here, yet the movie isn't too long or overblown or murky. The plot, despite having revenge elements, also gets into the Cold War stuff that permeates a lot of spy movies (and not just this series), and that's fine. It works pretty well, and doesn't get too over the top or ridiculous.

- cosmo313, Friday, December 21, 2012