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The Avengers

The Avengers (1998)

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Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 22

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Average Rating: 2.1/5
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Mrs. Emma Peel and John Steed are spies who work for the secret branch of the British government called The Ministry. They are called in to investigate Prospero, a plot to blackmail Britain by controlling the weather. Emma Peel is suspected of being involved but it is discovered that she has a double who works for the real baddie, Sir August de Wynter. He threatens to freeze Britain, at one point unleashing a blizzard on Trafalgar Square.

PG-13,

Action & Adventure

,

Don MacPherson

Jul 3, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (78) | DVD (7)

The movie lets [Fiennes and Thurman] down with a patchwork climax that feels rushed and perfunctory.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The new Avengers is dismal in dispiriting, dreary ways, and Ralph Fiennes, playing Macnee's part, is a particular disaster.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Some bad movies are bold outrages; many others become hits. This one hasn't the juice to be either.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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This Avengers film is so horrendously, painfully and thoroughly awful, it gives other cinematic clunkers like Ishtar and Howard the Duck a good name.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Neither elegant nor macho nor elegant-and-macho, Fiennes is terribly cast; Thurman at least provides the equivalent of a dressmaker's dummy on which to hang neo-mod fashions.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This big-screen version of the classic '60s TV spy show The Avengers can be added to the ignominious heap of updates, remakes, and adaptations that really didn't need to be made.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Thurman and Fiennes look great in the roles, but they don't generate a fraction of the kinky sexual chemistry that Macnee and Rigg exuded.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The only thing this Avengers shares with its swinging, earlier incarnation is a London setting.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Fiennes and Thurman look fine in the familiar outfits, but aren't very good at banter, adventure or romance.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This big-budget bore looks lovely but is so miscalculated that you can't help but wonder whether anyone involved had ever seen the original.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The cult 1960s TV series gets royally shafted by Hollywood in this stunningly designed blockbuster that's stunningly awful in every other department.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

This dull spinoff of the 1960s television series has a spectacular cast but little energy and no ideas at all.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A few things you might consider doing instead of seeing The Avengers: Walking the dog. Turning the compost. Re-grouting the bathtub. Starting your 1999 taxes. Buying a dog. Starting a compost heap.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

A merciless and unwarranted mangling of a beloved English institution.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Avengers

This movie is bad, yes, but it's an interesting type of bad movie. A lot of really cool sets and other odd visual decisions make this a rather intriguing failure. The main problem is just how boring the whole thing is, and i mean tediously boring, dull, lifeless. Uma Thurman is probably the most boring actress i have ever seen in my life. From this to Kill BIll her range hasn't improved one bit.
June 3, 2012
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

When evil reigns, only one team can weather the storm.

Pretty bad movie! Take my word for it, there is nothing in "The Avengers" for you to get. It is not clever, its not some high concept parody, its just a really, REALLY badly written, acted, and directed movie that I doubt anyone on the production team was happy with after it had been finished. NOT recommended!

British Ministry secret agent John Steed, teams up with Emma Peel to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine. They are called in to investigate Prospero, a plot to blackmail Britain by controlling the weather. Emma Peel is suspected of being involved but it is discovered that she has a double who works for the real baddie, Sir August de Wynter. He threatens to freeze Britain, at one point unleashing a blizzard on Trafalgar Sqaure.
May 8, 2012
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Manu Gino

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You'd hope that with Sean Connery given the chance to play a Bond villain that this would be a bit of a rousing party ... but no. Someone forgot that the television show's appeal lightly elbowed the whole fascination with James Bond, lightly, not bludgeoned, and so the sense of fun is noticeably absent. The sets, the wardrobe, the double entendres are all present and how, overplayed to boredom. Unfortunate.
September 30, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Yes the plotline is absolutely rediculous and Uma Thurmons acting is terrible as well as her costumes but guess who else is in this movie...RALPH FIENNES! and He can NEVER make a movie bad. He saves them majority of the time. Now he's done it again with smooth moves and wonderful wordrobe. O how I love him. Such class one can only pray to see a glimps of him any man today...sigh.
November 27, 2010
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Morgan Salem

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