"It was a bold, ecstatic celebration of all sorts of things - individuality, creativity, quirkiness, sense of humour, playfulness, rebelliousness and competence in the face of potential chaos - and more than anything I have ever seen, it seemed to sum up what was great about Britain."
Sarah Lyall, The New York Times
"Bonkers, bold, brilliant and so British...the Opening Ceremony...was a jaw dropping, dizzying display of bold and funny Britishness."
Cole Moreton, the Guardian
"Danny Boyle captured the spirit, history, humour and patriotism of an expectant nation last night as he pulled off an Olympic Opening Ceremony like no other."
Gordon Rayner, the Telegraph