It all adds up to one of the most refreshing, ambitious and hilarious comedies I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 4/4
Spy movie parodies are common, but Myers is observant enough to notice things that others haven't.
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike Myers may be a connoisseur of the old spy-and-sex genre, but the result is less a screenplay than a manic quote machine.
| Original Score: 2/4
Myers seems to get better and better with each script he writes, and here he managed to make light of a subject that few people gave much thought to.
Uneven and often not funny, relying on recycled jokes and far-too-broad physical humor.
Its plot notwithstanding, it has nothing to do with Bond -- and it misrepresents the poor '60s as well.
As the ending credits went up, I realized that I had never laughed. A few smiles, but that was it.
Austin Powers has plenty of originality to it, but a lot of the jokes either fall flat, or just don't give me the chuckles I expect.
The things it's parodying -- Beatles and Bond movies and all those secret-agent TV shows of the 60s -- were already so tongue in cheek that one needs to go a lot further than this movie goes to really amuse me.
Though there many hilarious moments, just as many miss the mark, some falling flat completely.
Even at its best, it's not very funny.
The movie fails to live up to its promise.
Myers and director Jay Roach seem to have no sense of how long is too long to stick with an extended gag.
| Original Score: 5/10
Austin Powers feels more like the unfortunate amalgamation of a drawer full of short skits Myers has been holding on to since Saturday Night Live.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Tasteless and humorless!
There's more here than the perfect recreation of Sixties absurdities and genre spoofery; there's comedy that would be hilarious in any context.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Good parodies are hard to make, and while this one doesn't completely succeed, it is funny and silly enough to be enjoyable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Not only is Mike a funny guy, but he knows more about the 60s and Bond-style movies than I ever care to know in five lifetimes.
Bubblegum for the brain.