«Goldeneye» unveils Pierce Brosnan as the coffee-bar James Bond: mild, fashionable and nice in a very 90’s way. Mr. Brosnan, as the best-moussed Bond ever to play baccarat in Monte Carlo, makes the character’s latest personality transplant viable (not to mention smashingly photogenic). […]
The film’s gaudiest feature is a vicious Russian named Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), who bites and claws her lovers and has a way of confusing sex with death. Her nutcracker thighs, not to mention her name, suggest that the Bond babe is as ready as 007 was for a timely overhaul.
– Janet Maslin, The New York Times (1995).