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The Avengers Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 9, 2005
Having finally been forced to watch the big screen version of the classic '60s British TV series, I have to confess that I thought it was a lot of well-intended fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Its two stars, Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman, rise to the occasion and create an amusingly proper version of the high-impact spy story, while generating just enough sexual tension to keep us interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
How are Fiennes and Thurman at re-creating the characters of John Steed and Emma Peel? Not too shabby.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
This movie's got a truckload of style, a bunch of funky fashions and mod retro-fun, a decent amount of action, but less than I would have expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Gene Seymour
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2014
The movie lets [Fiennes and Thurman] down with a patchwork climax that feels rushed and perfunctory.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 8, 2014
The new Avengers is dismal in dispiriting, dreary ways, and Ralph Fiennes, playing Macnee's part, is a particular disaster.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 8, 2014
Some bad movies are bold outrages; many others become hits. This one hasn't the juice to be either.
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David Bianculli
New York Daily News
July 8, 2014
This Avengers film is so horrendously, painfully and thoroughly awful, it gives other cinematic clunkers like Ishtar and Howard the Duck a good name.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
July 8, 2014
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 8, 2014
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2014
Why would this film's creative team start with one of the cleverest series ever and make such a limp, leaden movie? I fail to see the connection.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 8, 2014
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.
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July 8, 2014
As the eccentric master villain who controls the weather, even Sean Connery is flat-out terrible, acting high on the hog.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 8, 2014
Somebody call Austin Powers, quick!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
July 8, 2014
The only thing this Avengers shares with its swinging, earlier incarnation is a London setting.
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Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
July 8, 2014
To answer the question at hand, yes, The Avengers is pretty bad. Not slip-a-disk-running-from-the-theater kind of bad, but a shift-in-your-seat, "oh-for-goodness'-sake-get-on-with-it!" kind of bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 8, 2014
Fiennes and Thurman look fine in the familiar outfits, but aren't very good at banter, adventure or romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 8, 2014
This movie -- gaudy, grandiloquent and often staggeringly silly -- is one more example of how bloated and top-heavy many "event" action movies have become.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 8, 2014
The Avengers is, without a doubt, the worst movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 8, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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