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Spies Like Us Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 14, 2011
Landis' direction is indulgent, to say the least, with big landscapes, big crashes, big hardware, and big gags filling the screen. What he forgets is character development, that all-important factor that must exist for comedy to work well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jason Newman
September 4, 2010
The movie has since become a cult classic; one that those of a certain age and gender have committed to near memory and can spout lines and scenes on command like a new Army recruit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 18, 2010
nothing more than a nostalgia trip for people my age who remember seeing it in theatres and, because we were twelve, thinking it was hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 14, 2010
...may never reach comic heights but, nonetheless, maintains a good-natured charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2009
Landis never bothers to account for the friendship that springs up spontaneously between these two antipathetic types, but then he never bothers to account for anything in this loose progression of recycled Abbott and Costello riffs.
Top Critic
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The script is so patchy that most of the genuine laughs are squeezed into the first half; the rest is a rather tacky and confused extended joke about the nuclear arms race.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
Often funny film boasts no less then 10 film directors on screen in small roles. Stick around for the Paul McCartney penned title song.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2004
Director John Landis likes to build elaborate cinematic toys, but this one is a comic clinker.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 23, 2003
Too bad audiences didn't.
| Original Score: 1/5

May 24, 2003
[An] irritating comedy in which Aykroyd and Chase play officials who are sent on a secret mission as decoys whilst the real spies do their work. Their inadequacy is matched by a jokey script of dubious morals and taste.
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There are seeds of something funny in the film's beginning and in its premise, but they are soon dissipated by so little sustained wit, and so much scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 19, 2002
Once again proof that life is rough after Saturday Night Live.
| Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 17, 2002
Typical lame 80s star vehicle
| Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Meddles uneasily between comedy and action-adventure, but Chevy Chase and Dan Ayrkoyd keep you watching right way through
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Ross
Tampa Tribune
July 25, 2002
A struggle
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
February 16, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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