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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Less a parody of the early James Bond film than a parody of the films that parodied the early James Bond films, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery stars Mike Myers as Austin Powers, by day a hipster fashion photographer in mid-'60s swingin' London and by night a crime-fighting secret agent. Austin's wardrobe is pure Carnaby Street at its most outrageous, his vocabulary is crowded by the cool lingo of the day ("Groovy, baby! Yeah!!"), and he's irresistible to women, despite the fact that he can be charitably described as "stocky" and has teeth that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We may not need as many Austin Powers movies as there are James Bond pictures, but one or two more might be nice."
‑ John F. Kelly, Washington Post
"A loving paean to Bond, Flint, Helm and their ilk (as well as a myriad of outlandish villains), the film knows its turf and only missteps when it ventures into more contemporary territory."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"This shagadelic James Bond spoof isn't for kids."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"The bad news is that it's a one-joke picture."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While the film feels a bit like a bunch of skits, it's wickedly funny in trashing the conventions of the movies it apes."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Jay Roach directed with just the right amount of period tackiness."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It would take a stone face not to crumple at Austin's dodgy catchphrases and irrepressible sexual desperation."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"...contains its fair share of bathroom humor, much of it childish, a lot of it gross, and some of it hilarious."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"What I enjoyed more than the specific parodies was the spirit behind them."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Hilarious and smart...the best Bond spoof there is."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"The originals were spoofs in their own way, too, unless you really believe that secret agents look more like Sean Connery than Aldrich Ames."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Spy movie parodies are common, but Myers is observant enough to notice things that others haven't."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's nothing malevolent about Austin Powers, he's clearly more Clouseau than Dr. Strangelove, and he is born out of affection, for both the period he's from and for a sense of humour that is peculiarly British."
‑ , Film4
"I know good silly fun when I see it."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Amusing but scattershot."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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