Top Secret! Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 18, 2011
The plot combines the rock musical with the spy thriller (not to mention assorted other genres), and the comic invention is fairly constant.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 18, 2011
Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker present a narrative that is hopelessly convoluted, but that, of course, is exactly their intention as they pile joke upon joke, filling their film with inventive sight gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 18, 2011
This time, though, the creative group has neglected to build to the kind of giddy, everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink climax that made Airplane! such a memorable exercise in anarchy.

Film4
October 18, 2011
Featuring cows wearing boots, a scene involving skeet surfin' (filmed in Cornwall of all places), and French characters named 'Déjà Vu' and 'Avant Garde', this is an absurd comedy that hits far more times than it misses.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 18, 2011
Jokes so stupid as to seem almost surreal, an amazing range of cultural referents and a smattering of genuinely witty conceits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 5, 2010
The story has almost no momentum and runs out of gas, ending abruptly, but how can you knock a movie with so many gut-busting jokes?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 22, 2010
I found its spirited irreverence to be refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Secret! shares the same wonderful wacky attitude that allows just about any kind of gag to come flowing in and out of the picture at the strangest times.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 18, 2009
Memorable both for its spoofing of a wacky combination of Elvis movies, spy movies and Second World War intrigue films and for the fact that it's Val Kilmer's film debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 22, 2007
I could never figure out why this comedy-packed gem bombed during its day until I saw it again and realized how juvenile it is. Nevertheless, my memories of it helped me enjoy it once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Signs of desperation have begun to creep in some time before the end.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This movie will cheerfully go for a laugh wherever one is even remotely likely to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Top Secret! comes nowhere near Airplane! but in its own cheerful, low-pressure way, it's about as amiable an entertainment as you will find this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 19, 2004
Serves up a veritable smorgasbord of comic bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 18, 2003
One of the funnier post-Airplane! free-for-alls
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
May 29, 2003
Another piece of loony bin entertainment from the Abrahams-Zucker chuckle factory...inspired in its wickedly silly-minded skin
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
May 2, 2003
Used to be very funny but doesn't hold up.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 19, 2002
Intermittenly funny, but no Airplane!
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2002
The people making it seem to have enjoyed it more than I did.
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 1, 2002
There are no good white basketball players, my friend. Just this inspired two-for-one send-up of WWII pictures and Elvis movies.
| Original Score: 4/5
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