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  • Summary: After being cryogenically frozen for thirty years, superagent Austin Powers (Myers) returns to battle the insidious Dr. Evil (Myers).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    100
    Myers gives us all of the exaggerated physical schtick of Jim Carrey plus the added bonus of wickedly clever writing that refuses to let you escape.
  2. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    80
    Definitely lives up to its promise of being smashing, groovy, baby.
  3. 75
    The key to the film, however, is the joyous performance of Mike Myers, who plays both the Beatle-mopped Austin Powers and the bald-headed Dr. Evil.
  4. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    60
    As goofy and throwaway as the "Brady Bunch" movies, but it has the same winking appreciation of vintage kitsch.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    50
    A few well-timed laughs and a lot of filler.
  6. Reviewed by: Maria Schneider
    50
    It helps that Myers has Powers down pat. Still, the need to parody "Casino Royale" could have been taken care of in an eight-minute TV skit; instead, we're given nearly 90 minutes of someone else's party.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    10
    I see Austin Powers as Myers' desperate cry for help -- a plea to stop him before he does schtick again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Aug 4, 2014
    10
    Austin has clever laughs because the movie is a spoof of the James Bond franchise. Meyers gives his
    best role as a Austin Powers an and the
    supporting actors are also very amusing. Seth Green and
    Elizabeth Hurley are always hilarious in their movies.
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  2. Mar 27, 2013
    10
    Probably the funniest movie of all time. I heard this movie was made to watch tripping so I recently watched on it magic mushrooms and the rumor is true. Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    Austin Powers is one of the smartest comedies I've ever seen. Mike Meyers cleverly spoofs the James Bond action series by putting his own comedic spin on the Bond character. All the characters are hilarious and there isn't a drab joke or dull moment in the movie. The movie is a groovy experience for those who enjoy original comedy. Expand
  4. Apr 8, 2012
    8
    Alotta **** Need I say more? The first film in the Austin Powers series, "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" sets the tone in a amusingly camp and whimsical way for the preceding sequels. Mike Myers does what Eddie Murphy largely failed to do in "The Nutty Professor" or "Norbit" - that being portraying multiple characters who both DON'T outshine the other and provide equal amount of laughs. Although there are a lot of references to 1960 spy flicks (namely the Bond pictures) anybody who enjoys a good comedy will adore this movie. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    8
    Mike Myers as the Groovy Austin Powers is a riot. This spoof of spy movies is certainly a relief. You see so many spy movies these days, some are almost a repeat of the same stuff. So when you see A spoof of movies that so many make, you can only kick back, relax and enjoy. Expand
  6. Jul 4, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is an extremely funny movie. The plot is good, and Mike Myers does a great job playing both Austin and Dr. Evil. You laugh so much during the movie. My favorite parts were the elevator/stair scene and Allota Also, when Austin is escaping the water and just stands there making jokes about the guard. This movie is a MUST see! Expand
  7. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    6
    Not nearly as funny as the trailers made it out to be. There's good material here don't get me wrong i just feel that Mike Myers' characters stretch thin in a full movie format, maybe in an 5 minute SNL skit these characters would materialize better. Expand

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