Spy Hard Reviews

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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
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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?
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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...
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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
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David Kronke
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
This movie unfortunately wastes a perfectly promising idea -- satirizing James Bond films along with any other pop-culture celluloid phenomenon that crosses the filmmakers' minds.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A dreadfully unfunny comedy that takes Naked Gun-like sketches and rehashes them without a whit of style or energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
When Spy Hard abruptly ends after only 81 minutes, you sense that it has used up every last round of available ammunition. It was simply exhausted and couldn't move another inch.
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
You won't laugh hard at Spy Hard. And that's not because the jokes aren't funny. Most of them aren't even jokes.
| Original Score: 1.5/4