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Spice World Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
It's the Spice Girls' music that is the movie's reason for being. It is fast-paced and upbeat, and the movie sags noticeably between songs.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Some of the gags are a riot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Critic-proof, devoid of plot or acting, and quick to mock anyone who might make something of it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
June 14, 2001
Three people in the audience danced at the finale, too, male and female, so it couldn't have sucked. Pay a buck, take a load off, sip a soda, and enjoy it for what it is.
Full Review| Original Score: 2
Francesca Chapman
Philadelphia Daily News
February 14, 2001
There are even cameo appearances by honest-to-goodness pop stars Elton John and Elvis Costello -- and if they think it's cool to be in a Spice Girls movie, who are we to turn our noses up?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
If the Spice Girls don't precisely act here, they do give extroversion a good name.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The only people who are likely to be able to sit through Spice World without casting numerous yearning glances at the exit are those who number themselves among the group's legion of die-hard fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lori Leibovich
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Is there a plot sandwiched between the numerous costume changes? Actually, there are several non sequitur subplots woven together -- and that, along with a dearth of acting talent, is Spice World's biggest flaw.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Spice World" is obviously intended as a ripoff of A Hard Day's Night, which gave the Beatles to the movies. They should have ripped off more -- everything they could get their hands on.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4

Film4
January 1, 2000
In its own way as much a document of the times as any more seriously-minded cultural snapshot. Make no mistake, it's rubbish -- but it's accurate rubbish.
January 1, 2000
It's all pure, brainless fluff, but it's unpretentious and "Wannabe" is damnably catchy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Attempting to embellish the Spice Girls with the lightly fantastical-cum-satirical Beatles-movie vibe, Bob Spiers manages only to lamely reiterate that the only phenomena hereabouts is one of packaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A clumsy, inept debut film from the pop culture pre-fab phenomenon.
| Original Score: 2/10
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Talk about a movie that seemed dated before it even hit the theaters!
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
High energy, unpretentious and engaging.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 1, 2000
Spice World is a disjointed mess. Loved the girls, hated the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, longtime BBC director Spiers can't seem to build up either any suspense or genuine hilarity along the way, making this one of the weaker semi-mockumentaries in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The silly show's high-spirited frivolity does eventually win you over mainly due to the inherent charm of its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Spice World doesn't answer any questions about why the Spice Girls are so popular, or exactly when they're going away. But it does provide evidence about which of them is the most annoying.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 1, 2000
If what you really really want is a mindless hyperactive romp about a quintet of British songbirds with flippy hair, flirty costumes, monster shoes and minute talent, then enter Spice World.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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