The Avengers (1998)

The Avengers

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Critic Consensus: A TV spinoff that lacks enough energy to spin, The Avengers is an ineptly written, woefully miscast disaster.


Movie Info

This movie version of the '60s British T.V. series follows ultra-cool secret agents John Steed and Emma Peel on their mission from the English government to track down supervillain Sir August de Wynter. They all battle for control of a powerful weather-controlling device: the Prospero Project.

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language.)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Don MacPherson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2001
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast


as John Steed

as Emma Peel

as Sir August de Wynter

as Father

as Mother

as Trudshaw

as Col. Jones

as Brenda

as Donavan

as Dr. Darling

as Boodle's Porter

as Messenger

as World Council of Min...

as World Council of Min...

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Critic Reviews for The Avengers

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (22)

The movie lets [Fiennes and Thurman] down with a patchwork climax that feels rushed and perfunctory.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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The new Avengers is dismal in dispiriting, dreary ways, and Ralph Fiennes, playing Macnee's part, is a particular disaster.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Some bad movies are bold outrages; many others become hits. This one hasn't the juice to be either.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

This Avengers film is so horrendously, painfully and thoroughly awful, it gives other cinematic clunkers like Ishtar and Howard the Duck a good name.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Neither elegant nor macho nor elegant-and-macho, Fiennes is terribly cast; Thurman at least provides the equivalent of a dressmaker's dummy on which to hang neo-mod fashions.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This big-screen version of the classic '60s TV spy show The Avengers can be added to the ignominious heap of updates, remakes, and adaptations that really didn't need to be made.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for The Avengers

This movie is bad, yes, but it's an interesting type of bad movie. A lot of really cool sets and other odd visual decisions make this a rather intriguing failure. The main problem is just how boring the whole thing is, and i mean tediously boring, dull, lifeless. Uma Thurman is probably the most boring actress i have ever seen in my life. From this to Kill BIll her range hasn't improved one bit.

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Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

½

When evil reigns, only one team can weather the storm.

Pretty bad movie! Take my word for it, there is nothing in "The Avengers" for you to get. It is not clever, its not some high concept parody, its just a really, REALLY badly written, acted, and directed movie that I doubt anyone on the production team was happy with after it had been finished. NOT recommended!

British Ministry secret agent John Steed, teams up with Emma Peel to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine. They are called in to investigate Prospero, a plot to blackmail Britain by controlling the weather. Emma Peel is suspected of being involved but it is discovered that she has a double who works for the real baddie, Sir August de Wynter. He threatens to freeze Britain, at one point unleashing a blizzard on Trafalgar Sqaure.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

You'd hope that with Sean Connery given the chance to play a Bond villain that this would be a bit of a rousing party ... but no. Someone forgot that the television show's appeal lightly elbowed the whole fascination with James Bond, lightly, not bludgeoned, and so the sense of fun is noticeably absent. The sets, the wardrobe, the double entendres are all present and how, overplayed to boredom. Unfortunate.

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Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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