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Spy Hard

Spy Hard (1996)

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8

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 37

Leslie Nielsen's comic gifts are undisputed, but Spy Hard's lazy script and slapdash direction fail to take advantage of them.

7

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 13

Leslie Nielsen's comic gifts are undisputed, but Spy Hard's lazy script and slapdash direction fail to take advantage of them.

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 37,647

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Movie Info

The first of several sight gag and slapstick-rich comedies he produced without the team of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams, this lowbrow comedy from executive producer and star Leslie Nielsen suffers by comparison to his work with the "ZAZ" team. Nielsen plays Dick Steele, secret agent WD-40, called out of retirement to stop the world-conquering plans of his old nemesis, General Rancor (Andy Griffith), an armless madman determined to avenge himself upon Steele (who is responsible

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Comedy

Jul 13, 1999

Hollywood Pictures

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (37) | DVD (4)

The jokes come in sporadic volleys rather than the steady machine-gun pace of The Naked Gun and Airplane!, and, with a few exceptions, they are less truly aimed.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As funny as Nielsen can be, like all comic actors he still needs the quick-thinking jokes and zingy one-liners to be genuinely funny.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Spy Hard just comes off as a long commercial. And yes, that means most of the best moments you've seen in the movie's trailer.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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More of a cinematic joke book than a real movie, Spy Hard hits you with gags faster than Henny Youngman on speed. Even when individual bits misfire, the unrelenting barrage of silliness can break down your resistance.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Spy Hard is a loose send-up of the Bond series and other overly expensive action flicks, but after Hot Shots! Part Deux and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 who needs another action parody?

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Never mind that the smutty, high-tech 007 capers already wink at the conventions of the bikini-clad, gizmo-strewn genre. If the martini is shaken, not stirred, why beat it to death with a swizzle stick?

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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[A] haphazardly executed send-up.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The result is 80 brief minutes of movie skits assembled in an order that sort of resembles a plot.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The movie will be of interest only to Nielsen's most devoted fans and to those who wonder why Nicollette Sheridan never made more movies, or more swimsuit calendars.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The blockbuster action thriller genre is ripe for sending up, but this lazy effort has to go down as a miss despite the presence of spoofmeister Leslie Nielsen.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Sporadically funny, but never more than a sting of crude gags.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Yet another Leslie Nielson movie parody, targeted this time at James Bond pictures and their many spinoffs.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Nielsen's schtick is getting pretty threadbare by now -- his movies used to wring laughs from assaults on his silver-haired dignity, but after years of screen buffoonery, he has no dignity left to assault.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This one's a real disappointment -- it only registered a few snickers from me at best.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A classic example of why David Zucker/Jim Abrahams/Jerry Zucker-style comedies should be left to ZAZ themselves.

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Stay for Weird Al Yankovic's brilliant opening credits, then flee!

August 30, 2002 | Comment (1)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

[Scores] only a handful of genuine laughs during its scant 78 minutes.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Spy Hard

Piece of poo!
November 5, 2010
3niR
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Quite bad but it does have Mr T and Hulk Hogan in it and that?s what the star and a half is for!
September 24, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Leslie Nielson does a funny James Bond spoof, which is actually better than some of the James Bond movies! I liked when he was attempting to sneak into someone's apartment, and ends up trashing the entire place.
July 15, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

Super Reviewer

Another spoof starring Leslie Nielsen sending up Die Hard, Jame Bond and plenty of other action films. Will raise a few laughs but not the best spoof around.
June 19, 2007
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Super Reviewer

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