Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. 63
    There is an underlying likability to Austin Powers that sort of carries us through the movie.
  2. 50
    Too much of what The Spy Who Shagged Me has to offer is tired and derivative, and, when the various jokes and gags are tallied, there are many more misses than hits.
  3. As a character, Austin Powers hasn't worn out his welcome, exactly, but he has outlived his novelty.
  4. 40
    Would be too long even if it were twice as funny. And that about sums up the movie.
  5. The satire is crammed with sexual and scatological humor; some may find this Rabelaisian and refreshing, while others will detect the end of civilization as we know it.
  6. Myers has a singular talent for skit humor… You can get away with an awful lot of gross, juvenile humor if you've got that to fall back on. [11 June 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
  7. 78
    It's all fab, baby, a kicky, wiggy sequel that scores on all levels, from the sexy to the sublime.
  8. There's a rampant looseness to this movie, and it's subversively liberating.
  9. After a while it becomes apparent that this movie is too eager to please, too willing to sacrifice its point of view toward its targets to sustain itself for the length of a feature.
  10. 91
    For long stretches, the film is just as funny as the first -- which is saying something, since the first is one of the funniest comedies of the decade, the only film in years to truly infiltrate our communal language and sense of humor.
  11. For my taste, too much of the new Powers looks like bad TV and sounds like old burlesque.
  12. At this point, the effect of Myers' one-man Sixties love-in already feels less shagadelic than just shagged out.
  13. The repulsive turn of events erased all my good memories of the first half, and makes the movie hard to recommend to a normal human being.
  14. Turns out to be less than the sum of its wonderfully silly and bizarre parts.
  15. 70
    Given the choice between a movie that's better structured and only half as funny, I'd take The Spy Who Shagged Me (or its predecessor, for that matter) any day.
  16. 80
    The most consistently funny studio sequel in some time, and the rare blockbuster that actually delivers on what it promises.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    There is enough mirthful good will generated to justify even another sequel. May we suggest: "License to Shag," "You Only Shag Twice" or "Thundershag."
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    AP2 starts out bright and clever--shagnificent, we might almost say--before sinking into a swamp of shagnation.
  19. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Give your brain the night off, and Myers will make you smile too.
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Better than anyone dared hope: bigger, more inventive, and more frolicsome than its predecessor, with a grab bag of scatological gags that are almost as riotous when you think back on them.
  21. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Script just doesn’t have it in terms of fresh narrative developments or individual gags.
  22. 70
    With its outrageous double-entendre, gonzo performances and appalling lack of restraint, the sequel is more than a guilty pleasure.
  23. Places Myers firmly on the top rung of movie comics.
  24. 80
    The Spy Who Shagged Me is impossible-to-resist summer fun that left me feeling, dare I say, randy for more? Oh, behave.
  25. A collection of arbitrary sketches, bits and improvs jammed into a locker room-style variety show masquerading as some semblance of a narrative.
  26. 50
    A movie that's nearly as good as its publicity campaign.
  27. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    The jokes fly so furiously that it'd be impossible for a single weak performance (Graham) to unravel this very funny film.
  28. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    I just really, really, really, don't like this movie, and I don't care who knows it.
  29. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Actually funnier than the first movie, but getting to those parts requires a little bit of patient mental fast-forwarding.
  30. Reviewed by: Rod Dreher
    It all gets repetitive, and after about the halfway point, you get the feeling that Myers and Co. don't know where to go next, and are making it up as they go along.
  31. Reviewed by: Kendall Hamilton
    If it all seems a bit dizzying, it is, but there's plenty to enjoy.
  32. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Several love beads short of its predecessor. Intermittently hilarious comedy.
  33. Reviewed by: Patrick Williams
    Kills whatever charm the first movie had by recycling its few serviceable parts.
  34. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    For now, there are enough big laughs and women in tight clothing to make this one of the best comedy sequels in recent memory and a worthy candidate for the smart, no-brainer comedy of the summer.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    I like how Michael Myers happily performs with great enthusiasm, but "Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me" is a over-the-boundaries-of-the-definition-happy movie with too much penis jokes. Full Review »
  2. Mar 8, 2014
    Where in this movie I certainly enjoyed a duet with a psychopath and his evil clone, I believe the second film to be the most dull out of the series. The plot is good, as well as the acting but the story line eventually begins to bore and feel repeated as the film progresses. Full Review »
  3. Dec 15, 2011
    This Austin Powers sequel is better than the original because of the new characters Fat Bastard and Mini-me. They make this Austin Powers film feel like a breath of fresh air. Full Review »