Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)



Critic Consensus: A light and goofy comedy which provides laughs, largely due to performances and screenwriting by Myers.

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Less a parody of the early James Bond film than a parody of the films that parodied the early James Bond films, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery stars Mike Myers as Austin Powers, by day a hipster fashion photographer in mid-'60s swingin' London and by night a crime-fighting secret agent. Austin's wardrobe is pure Carnaby Street at its most outrageous, his vocabulary is crowded by the cool lingo of the day ("Groovy, baby! Yeah!!"), and he's irresistible to women, despite the fact that he can be charitably described as "stocky" and has teeth that strike fear into any practicing dentist. When his nemesis, the arch-enemy Dr. Evil (also played by Myers), has himself cryogenically frozen and sent into space, Powers also has himself put on ice so he can be thawed out when Dr. Evil returns. Come 1997, Dr. Evil returns to Earth and is back to his old tricks, so Austin is thawed out and returned to active service -- though he soon discovers his style doesn't play so well 30 years on. The supporting cast includes Elizabeth Hurley as Austin's sidekick, Vanessa Kensington; Michael York as his boss, Basil Exposition; Robert Wagner as Dr. Evil's assistant, Number Two; and Seth Green as Dr. Evil's troubled son, Scott Evil. Ming Tea, the swingin' pop band that periodically backs up Austin, includes real life pop-rockers Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was a mild box-office hit but an even bigger success on home video, which led to the 1999 sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for nudity, sex-related dialogue and humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Myers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 1997
New Line Home Entertainment - Official Site


Mike Myers
as Austin Powers/Dr. Ev...
Elizabeth Hurley
as Vanessa Kensington
Michael York
as Basil Exposition
Seth Green
as Scott Evil
Carrie Fisher
as Therapist
Tom Arnold
as Cowboy
Mimi Rogers
as Mrs. Kensington
Mindy Sterling
as Frau Farbissina
Paul Dillon
as Patty O'Brien
Will Ferrell
as Mustafa
Charles Napier
as Commander Gilmour
Fabiana Udenio
as Alotta Fagina
Joann Richter
as '60s Model
Monet Mazur
as Mod Girl
Mark Bringelson
as Andy Warhol
Clint Howard
as Radar Operator
Elya Baskin
as Borschevsky
Carlton Lee Russell
as Gary Coleman
Daniel Weaver
as Vanilla Ice
Neil Mullarkey
as Quartermaster Clerk
Lea Sullivan
as Go-Go Dancer
Chekesha Van Putten
as Go-Go Dancer
Heather Marie
as Go-Go Dancer
Sara Smith
as Go-Go Dancer
Laura Payne-Gabriel
as Go-Go Dancer
Joe Son
as Random Task
Tyde Kierney
as Las Vegas Tourist
Larry Thomas
as Casino Dealer
Brian George
as UN Secretary
Kay Wade
as Mrs. Exposition
Patrick Bristow
as Virtucon Tour Guide
Jim McMullan
as American UN Represen...
Robin Gammell
as British UN Represent...
Ted Kairys
as Eastern European Tec...
Afifi Alaouie
as '60 Model
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Critic Reviews for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17)

We may not need as many Austin Powers movies as there are James Bond pictures, but one or two more might be nice.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Jay Roach directed with just the right amount of period tackiness.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The originals were spoofs in their own way, too, unless you really believe that secret agents look more like Sean Connery than Aldrich Ames.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

A loving paean to Bond, Flint, Helm and their ilk (as well as a myriad of outlandish villains), the film knows its turf and only missteps when it ventures into more contemporary territory.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Top Critic

It would take a stone face not to crumple at Austin's dodgy catchphrases and irrepressible sexual desperation.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Spy movie parodies are common, but Myers is observant enough to notice things that others haven't.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

True, it's filled with dated 90's pop culture references, weak dialogue, and jokes that can sometimes descend into 5th grade levels of juvenile humor. But I'd be lying if I said this Mike Myer's "James Bond" spoof wasn't hilarious. Myers does a great job portraying two characters (The Dr. Evil scenes are by far the greatest highlights of the film). It's fun stupid comedy romp, especially if you are a fan of the James Bond franchise because there are loads of homages to the Sean Connery-era.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Never mind the 60's the 90's are dated enough jez! this film brings back so many memories of my teen years and how this film really made an impact on those times, not me...just the time.

So apart from bad personal memories what else does this film offer? well actually its pretty good and probably one of the best Bond spoofs/parodies you will see. With a wide range of Bond films spoofed it covers all the regular cliched bases, all the set ups, costumes, plot ideals that you would expect from Bond plus a lot of clever smutty humour. Actually Myers does really well with the whole British comedy thing, he does nail or encapsulate the genre very well, you could almost say its a modern 'Carry On' film.

Seeing as this is the first film its not quite as good as the second for me, everything is obviously being set up with characters etc...and the abundance of cameos was slightly worrying at first, kinda assumed it would be a mass celebrity ego trip but surprisingly it all adds to the fun quite nicely. The small cameos by Lowe and Ferrell are good (and fast) but the brief Tom Arnold cameo was probably the best if you like blatant toilet humour.

Hard to tell who this is aimed at really as there is much slapstick and childish humour but also some knife edge stuff also, lots of sexually visual gags and naughty names which are very suggestive but admittedly smile inducing. A much more easier character to get on with than 'Wayne Campbell' of 'Wayne's World' and a more universal concept methinks. Every possible stereotype is lanced, all costumes, sets, music, vehicles etc...are correctly presented as this juggernaut of the 60's era steams along with some crazy wild vintage kitsch and a performance from Myers that Carrey would envy.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Great for some yuks and pop culture references! And I know Elizabeth Hurley isn't really the It Girl anymore and she has come across as vapid and culturally unaware in soundbites, but I really think she is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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