Spy Hard
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The first of several sight gag and slapstick-rich comedies he produced without the team of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams, this lowbrow comedy from executive producer and star Leslie Nielsen suffers by comparison to his work with the "ZAZ" team. Nielsen plays Dick Steele, secret agent WD-40, called out of retirement to stop the world-conquering plans of his old nemesis, General Rancor (Andy Griffith), an armless madman determined to avenge himself upon Steele (who is responsible for Rancor's lack of appendages). With the help of Russian agent Veronique Ukrinsky… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

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"The jokes come in sporadic volleys rather than the steady machine-gun pace of The Naked Gun and Airplane!, and, with a few exceptions, they are less truly aimed."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"More of a cinematic joke book than a real movie, Spy Hard hits you with gags faster than Henny Youngman on speed. Even when individual bits misfire, the unrelenting barrage of silliness can break down your resistance."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"[A] haphazardly executed send-up."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"The blockbuster action thriller genre is ripe for sending up, but this lazy effort has to go down as a miss despite the presence of spoofmeister Leslie Nielsen."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Nielsen's schtick is getting pretty threadbare by now -- his movies used to wring laughs from assaults on his silver-haired dignity, but after years of screen buffoonery, he has no dignity left to assault."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As funny as Nielsen can be, like all comic actors he still needs the quick-thinking jokes and zingy one-liners to be genuinely funny."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Spy Hard is a loose send-up of the Bond series and other overly expensive action flicks, but after Hot Shots! Part Deux and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 who needs another action parody?"
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The result is 80 brief minutes of movie skits assembled in an order that sort of resembles a plot."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Sporadically funny, but never more than a sting of crude gags."
‑ Darren Bignell, Empire Magazine
"This one's a real disappointment -- it only registered a few snickers from me at best."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Spy Hard just comes off as a long commercial. And yes, that means most of the best moments you've seen in the movie's trailer."
‑ Doug Thomas, Seattle Times
"Never mind that the smutty, high-tech 007 capers already wink at the conventions of the bikini-clad, gizmo-strewn genre. If the martini is shaken, not stirred, why beat it to death with a swizzle stick?"
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The movie will be of interest only to Nielsen's most devoted fans and to those who wonder why Nicollette Sheridan never made more movies, or more swimsuit calendars."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Yet another Leslie Nielson movie parody, targeted this time at James Bond pictures and their many spinoffs."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A classic example of why David Zucker/Jim Abrahams/Jerry Zucker-style comedies should be left to ZAZ themselves."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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