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I Spy (2002)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 112

Insipid and mirthless, I-Spy bares little resemblance to the TV series that inspired it.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 33

Insipid and mirthless, I-Spy bares little resemblance to the TV series that inspired it.



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Yet another classic television series from the 1960s gets a big-screen update in this action-comedy inspired by the Bill Cosby/Robert Culp vehicle I Spy. Alex Scott (Owen Wilson) is a federal intelligence agent who has been assigned to find a particularly expensive and valuable weapon which has gone missing: a special stealth fighter jet which can not only hide from radar, but also turn invisible to the human eye. Scott learns a rogue agent has sold the jet to Gundars (Malcolm McDowell), a

Mar 11, 2003


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Though ample time is spent mingling Murphy's jabberjaw locutions and Wilson's curveball spaciness, the film leaves only the bitter reek of a botched chemistry experiment.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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I really resent a movie like this that just looks like it's made by a committee when you have two such huge talents wasted like this.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Unexceptional espionage comedy.

November 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The trappings of I Spy are so familiar you might as well be watching a rerun.

November 2, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Moves at a glacial pace.

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Banal and predictable.

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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TV classic remade as a forgettable buddy movie.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Serves up the expected gags and set pieces in service of a thoroughly been-there, done-that plot line.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source:

A ótima química entre Eddie Murphy e Owen Wilson rende bons momentos.

December 4, 2003 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

Murphy and Wilson seem to be having a contest to see who can be more obnoxious and, sadly, it's too close to call.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Credit to Murphy and Wilson for making the most of it, but for Thomas it's a case of must spy harder.

February 11, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It's easy to watch trash, and although Murphy and his co-stars deserve better, it would be wrong for me to lie to you and say that I was bored.

February 2, 2003

Thomas demonstrates zero feel for either the material or milieu.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

For the most part, I Spy was an amusing lark that will probably rank as one of Murphy's better performances in one of his lesser-praised movies.

December 3, 2002
Matt's Movie Reviews

It's disposable dumb fun. And there's nothing wrong with that.

November 26, 2002 Full Review Source:

Murphy and Wilson actually make a pretty good team... but the project surrounding them is distressingly rote.

November 20, 2002
Creative Loafing

Freakishly fun to watch.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

I spied with my little eye, a turkey of a movie.

November 18, 2002 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Even if it is generally amusing from time to time, I Spy has all the same problems the majority of action comedies have.

November 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Une comédie d'action où l'action est déficiente mais où la comédie fonctionne.

November 12, 2002 Full Review Source:

If it sounds pretty formulaic, then I have described it accurately.

November 9, 2002 Full Review Source:

This film does no favors to the memory of the I Spy TV series, a genuine original that knew how to pull off a surprise. On the big screen, it is as ordinary as they get.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

I Spy is about as mainstream and safe as movies tend to come, designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A dispiriting piece of hackwork that ranks somewhere close to The Mod Squad and McHale's Navy on the list of unnecessary and ill-conceived TV-to-movie spin-offs.

November 7, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Do we need a new version of I Spy? I don't think so.

November 7, 2002
Greenwich Village Gazette

The film is overloaded with self-destruct modes, override codes and cocky Murphyisms discharged with machine-gun relentlessness.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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Audience Reviews for I Spy

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Not a very funny movie. The story really is weak and barely good action comes our way. I saw this film pretty much for Owen Wilson since i'm not a Eddie Murphy movie fan per se. Watch at own risk!

When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States' top spies, Alex Scott, is called to action. What he doesn't expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World Class Boxing Champion Kelly Robinson, on a dangerous top secret espionage mission. Their assignment: using equal parts skill and humor, catch Arnold Gundars, one of the world's most successful illegal arms dealers, and foil his treacherous plans for the plane.
November 28, 2011
Manu Gino

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More another worthless picture by Betty Thomas and Eddie Murphy.
June 20, 2011
Lucas Martins

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High School theater viewing, didn't like it at the time. Thought one scene was funny but was disinterested throughout. Watched it again recently and my opinion hasn't changed. Eddie Murphy is Chris Tucker in Rush Hour or Eddie Murphy in anything he has ever done.
January 11, 2011
Lenny Muggsy

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July 23, 2010

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    1. Kelly Robinson: My hunches are correct 7 out of 10 times. That's a high-ass ratio!
    – Submitted by Steve D (24 months ago)
    1. Alex Scott: Size matters, but in the Spy world its reverse. They say, look sleek and small and sexy this is, not how huge this is... how can I pull it out of my pants its huge!
    – Submitted by Arjun I (2 years ago)
    1. Kelly Robinson: I'm 57 and 0 baby.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
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