Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)



Critic Consensus: Provides lots of laughs with Myers at the healm; as funny or funnier than the original.

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Austin Powers -- fashion photographer, denizen of Swingin' London, international espionage agent, and bane of dental hygienists everywhere -- returns in his second screen adventure. Powers (once again played by Mike Myers), a 1960s superspy stranded in the 1990s, discovers that his nemesis, criminal genius Dr. Evil (also Mike Myers), has somehow stolen his "mojo" (the secret to his otherwise inexplicable sex appeal) and traveled back in time to the 1960s as part of his latest fiendish scheme. … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual innuendo and crude humor)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mike McCullers, Mike Myers, Michael McCullers
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On DVD: Nov 16, 1999
New Line Cinema - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (25)

What defeats Austin and Dr. Evil in the new movie is what brought them down the last time: Myers' inability to know what jokes need to be taken further, and what jokes should be cut short.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Too many scenes end on a flat note!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Absent are the freshness and spontaneity that characterized the original.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The picture strives for comic points mostly with that excruciatingly gross potty humor and with industrial-strength sexual innuendo.

January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Full of sex and bathroom humor. Not for kids.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

...doesn't so much try to send up other spy films as it tries to one-up its own predecessor in this second go-round.

Full Review… | November 30, 2008
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me


Probably Myers greatest creation which managed to eclipse 'Wayne's World' in terms of money made and cultural influences, the first film did well but this second outing did even better.

So we know the score with Powers, we know what its all about and this film merely doubles on that and goes balls out for a greater Bond spoof than before. Everything in this is almost a cultural reference to something, there are many in-jokes and clever gags which some young viewers may not catch, despite the incredible amount of lunacy involved the film is actually very sharp and witty.

Personally I'm not really a fan of Myers so you may think its crazy to watch a film where he plays all the lead roles, well yes..your right, but I must admit to having a guilty pleasure in watching 'Dr Evil' crack the whip and spew some excellent verbal. For me its all about Dr Evil, without this one creation I wouldn't be interested and luckily you get plenty of him here. Myers limit is exposed in my opinion here as he literately shows us all he can do...childish spoofery (as we all know with 'Wayne's World') and a Scottish accent...and that's pretty much it. We know this because he uses his only other skill (Scottish accent) for 'Shrek'...which is also a spoof. I think if it isn't a spoof or doesn't involve his favourite accent he's pretty much screwed.

Also gotta be honest with the fact this second film isn't tooooo different from the first film, the first was fresh but this does seem a tad repetitive, probably why we got Mini Me so Dr Evil had more to go with. Its still darn funny in places and with continuity kept up with all major characters returning with original cast and everything looks as you would expect but is obviously boosted up thanks to the success from the original.

The whole film has that kind of trashy cheap B-movie look which also in-turn does have that kind of expensive trashy cheap B-movie look but it does work, kinda like 'The Naked Gun'. Overall its just more of the zany 'Bond' spoofery with a hint of added grown up humour which does make it more appealing over the first, less childish slapstick and more sniggering silliness for childish adults.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


The recurring "It looks like a huge -" joke is still comedy gold. Heather Graham is one saucy coquette, Rob Lowe's Robert Wagner impression is silly and enjoyable (by virtue of me loving him so much more now on "Parks & Recreation"), and cameos by Woody Harrelson, Elvis Costello, and Willie Nelson are delightful surprises.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

A much funnier and livelier sequel to a comedy with not a whole lot to offer. The Spy Who Shagged Me is a definite upgrade! I laughed quite hard even though half the jokes were recycled from the first. Jay Roach (Director) just seems to be able to bring more enjoyable style into this instalment. Mike Myers finally finds a woman (Heather Graham) who is worthy of writing chemistry for. This film still is not perfect, and the fact that the plot is a man running ramped over his lost MOJO, just seems a little too ridiculous, which is why I love this film so much. In the end, it's just another hilarious comedy, but not one that I would watch over and over again!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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