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I Spy (2002)


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

Critics Consensus: 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

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


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 78,320




Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for action violence, some sexual content and language)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Cormac Wibberley , Marianne Wibberley , Jay Scherick , David Ronn
In Theaters:
Mar 11, 2003
Box Office:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for I Spy

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (112) | DVD (22)

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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Unexceptional espionage comedy.

Full Review… | November 2, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The trappings of I Spy are so familiar you might as well be watching a rerun.

November 2, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Moves at a glacial pace.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Banal and predictable.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

TV classic remade as a forgettable buddy movie.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | January 29, 2009

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

December 4, 2003
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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2003

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.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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.

Full Review… | November 26, 2002

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.

Full Review… | November 19, 2002

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2002
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2002
Mark Reviews Movies

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

Full Review… | November 12, 2002

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

Full Review… | November 9, 2002

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
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.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

More another worthless picture by Betty Thomas and Eddie Murphy.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


Richard C

Super Reviewer

I Spy Quotes

Kelly Robinson: My hunches are correct 7 out of 10 times. That's a high-ass ratio!
– Submitted by Steve D (2 years ago)
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)
Kelly Robinson: I'm 57 and 0 baby.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)

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