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Jeremiah Chechick directed this $60 million adaptation of the whimsical 1961 British TV spy series, imported to the United States five years later for ABC airing (beginning 3/28/66), followed by The New Avengers (CBS, 1978-79). In the feature-length version, secret agent John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) face a meteorological menace as they track sinister super-villain Sir August de Wynter (Sean Connery), threatening to blitz Britain with blizzards and other extreme weather. Vocal cameo by Patrick Macnee (the original TV Steed). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie lets [Fiennes and Thurman] down with a patchwork climax that feels rushed and perfunctory."
‑ Gene Seymour, Los Angeles Times
"This Avengers film is so horrendously, painfully and thoroughly awful, it gives other cinematic clunkers like Ishtar and Howard the Duck a good name."
‑ David Bianculli, New York Daily News
"Thurman and Fiennes look great in the roles, but they don't generate a fraction of the kinky sexual chemistry that Macnee and Rigg exuded."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This big-budget bore looks lovely but is so miscalculated that you can't help but wonder whether anyone involved had ever seen the original."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A few things you might consider doing instead of seeing The Avengers: Walking the dog. Turning the compost. Re-grouting the bathtub. Starting your 1999 taxes. Buying a dog. Starting a compost heap."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"The new Avengers is dismal in dispiriting, dreary ways, and Ralph Fiennes, playing Macnee's part, is a particular disaster."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Neither elegant nor macho nor elegant-and-macho, Fiennes is terribly cast; Thurman at least provides the equivalent of a dressmaker's dummy on which to hang neo-mod fashions."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"The only thing this Avengers shares with its swinging, earlier incarnation is a London setting."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The cult 1960s TV series gets royally shafted by Hollywood in this stunningly designed blockbuster that's stunningly awful in every other department."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"A merciless and unwarranted mangling of a beloved English institution."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Some bad movies are bold outrages; many others become hits. This one hasn't the juice to be either."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"This big-screen version of the classic '60s TV spy show The Avengers can be added to the ignominious heap of updates, remakes, and adaptations that really didn't need to be made."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Fiennes and Thurman look fine in the familiar outfits, but aren't very good at banter, adventure or romance."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"This dull spinoff of the 1960s television series has a spectacular cast but little energy and no ideas at all."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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