Spy Hard Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine
June 14, 2013
[A] haphazardly executed send-up.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
June 14, 2013
The result is 80 brief minutes of movie skits assembled in an order that sort of resembles a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 14, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 14, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
June 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine
June 4, 2013
Sporadically funny, but never more than a sting of crude gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 4, 2013
Yet another Leslie Nielson movie parody, targeted this time at James Bond pictures and their many spinoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
June 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
June 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 4, 2013
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
July 6, 2010
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?

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 12, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
The picture that will test the durability of Leslie Nielsen's lowbrow franchise, Spy Hard sticks closely to the Naked Gun formula. Not only is the formula itself wearing thin, but the gags themselves feel recycled.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Like Hot Shots! there's the same mistaken belief that simply tagging other films will be intrinsically funny...
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
This one's a real disappointment -- it only registered a few snickers from me at best.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 8, 2005
A classic example of why David Zucker/Jim Abrahams/Jerry Zucker-style comedies should be left to ZAZ themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
Stay for Weird Al Yankovic's brilliant opening credits, then flee!
| Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Nielsen, with his expert deadpan and sense of comic timing, creates the illusion of humor -- for about 15 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
[Scores] only a handful of genuine laughs during its scant 78 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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