Spies Like Us
Spies Like Us (1985)

In this goofy comedy, a pair of dolts are given a special assignment after they are caught cheating on their entrance exam for the Central Intelligence Agency. Believing that they made the cut and are being rewarded, the two are sent to the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 10, 1998
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58%



Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Landis never bothers to account for the friendship that springs up spontaneously between these two antipathetic types, but then he never bothers to account for anything in this loose progression of recycled Abbott and Costello riffs.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Landis' direction is indulgent, to say the least, with big landscapes, big crashes, big hardware, and big gags filling the screen. What he forgets is character development, that all-important factor that must exist for comedy to work well.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...may never reach comic heights but, nonetheless, maintains a good-natured charm.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

The script is so patchy that most of the genuine laughs are squeezed into the first half; the rest is a rather tacky and confused extended joke about the nuclear arms race.

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Jason Newman
Bullz-Eye.com

The movie has since become a cult classic; one that those of a certain age and gender have committed to near memory and can spout lines and scenes on command like a new Army recruit.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Often funny film boasts no less then 10 film directors on screen in small roles. Stick around for the Paul McCartney penned title song.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

There are seeds of something funny in the film's beginning and in its premise, but they are soon dissipated by so little sustained wit, and so much scenery.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

nothing more than a nostalgia trip for people my age who remember seeing it in theatres and, because we were twelve, thinking it was hilarious.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Director John Landis likes to build elaborate cinematic toys, but this one is a comic clinker.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Taking inspiration from the Hope & Crosby "Road to" movies (which explains Hope's cameo...his final film appearance), this is the story of… More
David Ladd
One of my favorite comedies from the 80's.To give you a quick rundown of the plot. Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge (Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd) are… More
Lucas Martins
Funny in some part, until the picture show that the script is not so good or funniest.
Phil Hubbs
Genius comedy from two of SNL old classic team, Chase and Aykroyd are at their best here as two inept spies being given the run around LOL! The start of the… More
AJ Verser
An outrageous, hilarious comedy with a great cast and director. I love this movie.
Tim Salmons
I love this movie. Saw it a million times on TV and I still enjoy watching it when it's on.