If Looks Could Kill (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

If Looks Could Kill (1991)




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Television flavor-of-the-month Richard Grieco made his feature-film debut in this juvenile spoof of James Bond films. He plays a high-school senior named Michael Corben who has flunked out of his French class, but has the chance to make up his grade on the French Club's summer trip to Europe. On the airplane booked to transport the French Club to France is another man by the name of Michael Corben, and this man happens to be a super-spy. When he is killed, the hapless high-school senior is mistaken for the real spy by British intelligence. He becomes involved in a mad plot by Augustus Steranko (Roger Rees) in which Steranko and his evil assistant Ilsa Grunt (Linda Hunt) plan to dominate the European continent by converting the gold standard to coins that will bear Steranko's likeness. Corben goes along with it when he is provided with a red sports car, a tuxedo, and some high-tech weapons. Along with all the spy accouterments, he latches onto a sexy helper -- Mariska (Gabrielle Anwar).more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Fred Dekker, Darren Star, Kathy Cohen, Darren Star
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On DVD: Aug 14, 1991
Warner Bros.


Richard Grieco
as Michael Corben
Roger Rees
as Augustus Steranko
Linda Hunt
as Ilsa Grunt
Geraldine James
as Vendetta Galante
Robin Bartlett
as Mrs. Grober
Michael Siberry
as Richardson
Carole R. Davis
as Areola Canasta
Frederick Coffin
as Lieutenant Colonel L...
Tom Rack
as Zigesfeld
Cynthia Preston
as Melissa Tyler
Pascal Devigne
as Second 1st Class Ste...
Donna Ludas
as French Club Member
Gene Mack
as Agent Kramer
Macha Grenon
as 2nd Clerk
Claude Gasse
as Imperious Stewardess
Isabelle Truchon
as 1st Class Stewardess
Pascale Devigne
as Second 1st Class Ste...
Philip Spensley
as Principal
Gordon Masten
as Ludwig Krupp
Susan Dear
as 1st Class Hostess
Marie-Josée Gauthier
as Coach Stewardess
Chip Chuipka
as Gunman No. 1
Tedd Dillon
as Imposter Driver
John Tench
as Cell Guard
David J. Francis
as Englishman
Bonfield Marcoux
as Bus Driver
William Dear
as Bomb Tester
Paul Babeau
as French Club Member
Rob Bazos
as French Club Member
Michele DeMeo
as French Club Member
Iris Gressy
as French Club Member
Maxine Guess
as French Club Member
Michele de Meo
as French Club Member
Donna Lucas
as French Club Member
Nancy McGiffert
as French Club Member
Carolyn Raymond
as French Club Member
Peter Shinkada
as French Club Member
Peter Shinkoda
as French Club Member
Cyndy Preston
as Melissa Tyler
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Critic Reviews for If Looks Could Kill

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 1, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for If Looks Could Kill

He's a student mistaken for a spy. Now all he has to do is rescue a beautiful girl, save all of Europe, and graduate from high school. No problem?

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

An okay action-packed of a high-school student mistaken for an undercover secret agent.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Here's a little gem of a spy spoof that is better than all the Austin Powers movies put together. This movie has story, humor, and action, whereas Austin Powers had fart jokes. Richard Grieco plays a high school student (let your suspention of disbelief start there) who is mistaken for an international spy while on a school trip to France. From there he gets pulled into an international conspiracy involving villians Roger Rees and Linda Hunt. He also gets some help from the de-lic-ious Gabrielle Anwar as a covert operative. The movie is far more credible than it sounds. It's a great spoof of Bond movies, with good humor and likeable characters. What it also has is a surprising amount of action. Credible action, not ham handed. We've got chases, shootouts, and fight scenes worthy of the genre it is spoofing. There's also gadgets clever enough to make James Bond say "Where can I get one of those?" It's not high art by any means, and is not likely the high point of anyone's career. It's hopelessly dated, firmly stuck in 1991. But it's a hell of a lot of fun.

RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

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