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Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.



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Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster. (C) Fox

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  • She's no Mata Hari, and she may not get the guy (though she does get some) - but that doesn't mean she can't be a different sort of badass, the kind that's a reminder of McCarthy's range beyond just physical comedy.

    Nov 10, 2015
  • Melissa McCarthy keeping pace in foot chases with actors who spend the better portion of their lives in a gym is about as funny as it gets, unless you count the antonymous editing of the action sequences.

    Aug 2, 2015 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • Feig keeps his Spy machinery cranking so smoothly that nothing said or done feels as outrageous as, in fact, it is. The truth serum Spy drops into our fizzy drinks makes us feel so good that we don't even realize we've been schooled.

    Jul 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Melissa McCarthy shines in this clever action-comedy showcase provided by the writer and director Paul Feig, but the movie's tightly contrived plot and uniformly positive emotions constrain her comic genius.

    Jun 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Hollywood is gradually figuring out what to do with Melissa McCarthy.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • McCarthy has much more to discover about herself as an actor and an avatar and a cultural signifier, and I hope she doesn't get trapped by one role, one genre or one franchise. But her campaign of conquest is going well.

    Jun 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spy

  • Sep 11, 2018
    These things are really, really not for me. I found a couple of laughs in Statham's role but beyond that Spy did nothing for me. I know folks who do enjoy this, and other Feig/McCarthy films, but I genuinely do not understand the appeal, maybe Spy is better than the others, maybe not, but it did absolutely nothing to turn me around on these collabs.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2017
    Like Bridesmaids and The Heat before it, Spy masquerades as a crude and brash comedy but underneath is something else entirely. For one, the performances are unmissable particularly and obviously shining forthright from Melissa McCarthy in the leading role, who's naturalness and likeability - even with her foul mouth and gracelessness - are constantly on show. She's so talented that her performance mainly carries the film, and if it weren't for then it would run at risk of really not working. Rose Byrne and Jason Statham are also fantastic in supporting roles and not only is the film hilarious, it's also paced with brilliant combat and action scenes that are genre-worthy at best and are what should really be expected from a film called Spy.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2016
    Finally, an American action/comedy that gets the tone just about right, not too serious and not too silly (well, almost.) Melissa McCarthy shows she can pull her weight in a lead role, and speaking of which what a relief that we are spared from enduring a parade of fat jokes - imagine that, you can still be funny without taking cheap shots! Hats off to Paul Feig! Rated a hard 'R' for language, would be a close call who has the highest number of fucks:wordcount ratio, McCarthy or Rose Byrne in a cracking portrayal as the Eva Green-like evil uberbitch. Not to be outdone either in the expletive arena is Jason Statham, hilariously lampooning his own action hero persona as a spy who has killed a thousand enemies, lost and re-attached several of his own limbs, and died several times. There are a few drawbacks, particularly how McCarthy is established as a shy presence who can be overwhelmed by a situation, but almost immediately transforms into a deadly weapon more skilled than dozens of highly paid and experienced killers even though her last taste of field training was 10 years ago. The number of laughs I got allowed me to ignore such missteps, resulting in a jolly romp superior to the passable but inferior "Get Smart" I watched earlier this year.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2016
    This is a great comedy movie with a lot of laughs and is also an enjoyable action flick. Despite its violent and sometimes offensive humor, or even because of it. Spy is a great success.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer

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