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  • Summary: After being cryogenically frozen for thirty years, superagent Austin Powers (Myers) returns to battle the insidious Dr. Evil (Myers).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. TNT RoughCut
    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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: John Petrakis
    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. What's really fun about this silly but spirited comedy isn't just the ribbing of "swinging London" fashion and social attitudes but the use of the compulsive zooms and split-screen mosaics of commercial movies of the 60s.
  5. Amiable, brightly colored spoof of '60s pop culture.
  6. 50
    What the movie mostly sends up is its star and screenwriter, Michael Myers. That's not all bad.
  7. Film.com
    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: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Oct 22, 2011
    10
    If Austin Powers contains your sort of humour, which it does in my case, this is the most fun you'll ever have with any movie. Must-watch forIf Austin Powers contains your sort of humour, which it does in my case, this is the most fun you'll ever have with any movie. Must-watch for everybody who loves comedy. Expand
  2. RDalvi
    Apr 20, 2006
    10
    Very funny. Almost had me in tears. Myers is superb.
  3. Sep 9, 2012
    9
    When you stumble across a comedy so full of unique humour, the story needn't have to make sense, which makes Austin Powers a perfectWhen you stumble across a comedy so full of unique humour, the story needn't have to make sense, which makes Austin Powers a perfect concoction of laughter Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Nov 23, 2005
    8
    Non stop laughs. And a slap at James Bond movies of the old days. Some things go a little crude and over the top, though.
  5. Sep 19, 2015
    8
    A send up of the spy movie genre with an exaggerated sense of humor. Mike Myers brings the whole thing to life. Not only did he write theA send up of the spy movie genre with an exaggerated sense of humor. Mike Myers brings the whole thing to life. Not only did he write the movie, but he stars as both the hero and the villain of it. It's his performances and passion for the project that brings the whole thing to life and makes it very funny.

    Plenty of inside references and clever nods to the spy movies it so lovingly pokes fun at are found throughout. There are also plenty of visual cues and insights towards what life was like in the 60's. Both are infused and used throughout. It gives the film a tone and sense of humor all it's own.

    It's a rather brief affair. It sticks around just long enough to get it's jokes out and it moves on. You might be left wanting more from the plot and more content overall, but it's hard to criticize it too much when it does what it set out to do this well. It's a very funny movie and one worth watching. Myers brings his spy movie vision to life with an over-the-top sense of humor and it's joy to watch thanks to the almost constant stream of jokes in throws at you.
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  6. 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 aAlotta **** 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
  7. Aug 31, 2014
    2
    Too few chuckles to make up for the mess of a movie. Mike Myers clearly finds himself much funnier than he actually is--I don't care how manyToo few chuckles to make up for the mess of a movie. Mike Myers clearly finds himself much funnier than he actually is--I don't care how many different roles he can commit to. Expand

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