Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    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. Austin is funny, extremely funny, because he is so ridiculous, and because Myers is a brilliant mimic who, like Martin Short, knows how to do ridiculous.
  3. 80
    Myers has hit upon a genuinely original schtick, and that fact alone is immeasurably groovy.
  4. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    Definitely lives up to its promise of being smashing, groovy, baby.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Faires
    Austin Powers is the kind of movie Mel Brooks used to make -- extravagantly funny, with plenty of juvenile humor, but as much or more of it smart, delivered with a dead aim at a cultural milestone, affection for its victim, and style.
  6. 75
    A funny movie that only gets funnier the more familiar you are with the James Bond movies, all the Bond clones and countless other 1960s films.
  7. 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.
  8. Austin Powers sounded like a silly idea, but it turns out to be one of the best comedies of the year.
  9. 75
    His (Myers) affection for the era and its gaudy, bawdy movies inject this bit of fluff with giddy energy.
  10. A little of this sort of thing goes a long way, but no one does it better than Myers.
  11. Reviewed by: John F. Kelly
    We may not need as many Austin Powers movies as there are James Bond pictures, but one or two more might be nice.
  12. 63
    There are times when Austin Powers drags. It can be difficult to sustain even the best humor for ninety minutes, and this film, for all of the laughs it offers, is far from the best.
  13. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    As goofy and throwaway as the "Brady Bunch" movies, but it has the same winking appreciation of vintage kitsch.
  14. 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.
  15. The drawn-out, lowbrow humor is either "love it" or "hate it," so it may not be your bag, baby.
  16. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    A few well-timed laughs and a lot of filler.
  17. The result is less a screenplay than a manic quote machine.
  18. 50
    Amiable, brightly colored spoof of '60s pop culture.
  19. Reviewed by: Maria Schneider
    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.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    What the movie mostly sends up is its star and screenwriter, Michael Myers. That's not all bad.
  21. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    Without a genuinely charming central character to pull it together, the movie is a shamble of tedious passages punctuated by a few desultory chuckles.
  22. 20
    Mike Myers wrote the abominable script, plays both leads and is miscast in each.
  23. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    The result is a comedy of errors. Errors, yes. Comedy . . . we're not so sure.
  24. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    I see Austin Powers as Myers' desperate cry for help -- a plea to stop him before he does schtick again.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Sep 22, 2013
    Austin Powers is just simply a fun movie that will make you smile for its entire runtime and will not let you go. Myers is the man here, with his off-kilter Jim Carey persona and his cheesy catchphrases, and he really plays the character well here. Full Review »
  2. RickJ.G.
    Aug 11, 2002
    A non-stop laugh riot. Brillant satire. It would be nice if the sequals would return the simple formula that works so well in this original Austin Powers: Two relics of the '60s who are hopelessly out of touch with the late '90s. We don't need Austin and Evil traveling back in time because they are much funnier to watch trying to get up to speed with the present. Right up there with Airplane and Naked Gun. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2012
    When 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 Full Review »