OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies)
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OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies)
OSS 117: Cairo -- Nest of Spies constitutes the eighth installment in a long-running series of movies about OSS 117 (the government code name for Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath) -- a French super-spy and European equivalent of James Bond. The creation of author Jean Bruce, OSS eventually starred in over 265 novels and seven cinematizations through 1970. The first seven film outings were sober and straight-faced; the eighth go-round (the first after a 38-year lapse) does a 180 to shamelessly poke fun of the rules established by the genre. A glib yet intelligent spoof, it joins the ranks of Our Man… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This French comedy fondly lampoons both the popular French spy movies adapted from Jean Bruce's novels in the 1950s and '60s and the colonialist era they were set in."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"A lame comedy with a few decent laughs and several yawn-spawning set pieces that don't really go anywhere."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A lowbrow spy spoof that can only go so far with such a silly plot."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Impeccable standards, far above anything you'd expect from the parody genre."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Despite a number of hilarious set-pieces, the stupidity never spoils the intrigue and by playing the pastiche game better than Austin Powers, this is an unexpected pleasure."
‑ , Total Film
"This light-hearted pastiche is a recommended antidote to 'Quantum of Solace'."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The French-made movie travels familiar ground, with a nod as well to Airplane!, Top Secret and that whole genre. Even compared to them, it pushes things just a little -- not too far, but toward the loony."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Infinitely superior to Get Smart."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"In a week of overblown, unappetising or disappointing films, this makes a refreshing change. And how interesting to be offered a French movie that doesn't come straight from the "arthouse" stable."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Beautifully made, superbly written and frequently hilarious comedy that plays like a French version of Get Smart (the original series), with a terrific comic performance from Jean Dujardin."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"I have never been a particular admirer of either James Bond or Austin Powers, and could hardly be expected to be overjoyed by a 'cross between them.' Hence, I was hardly surprised when I didn't crack a smile over the antics of Mr. Jean Dujardin."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"French cinema's reputation for subtlety goes up in smoke with OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies, a movie whose satire proves as lame as its clunky title."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Notwithstanding a willing central performance from Dujardin, the film simply lacks the comedic savoir-faire to leave us shaken, stirred or even reasonably amused."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Film4
"The amusingly cumbersomely titled OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is about ten minutes too long for a great plot to gag ratio, but there are enough smart chuckles here to make the promised sequel worth looking forward to."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Leave it to the French to beat us at our own bizarrely self-reflexive comic shenanigans. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a model of smart, often very silly, but never, ever stupid comic perfection."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle