The Avengers
The Avengers (1998)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 14, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 5% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A TV spinoff that lacks enough energy to spin, The Avengers is an ineptly written, woefully miscast disaster.

Gene Seymour
Los Angeles Times

The movie lets [Fiennes and Thurman] down with a patchwork climax that feels rushed and perfunctory.

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David Bianculli
New York Daily News

This Avengers film is so horrendously, painfully and thoroughly awful, it gives other cinematic clunkers like Ishtar and Howard the Duck a good name.

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Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The new Avengers is dismal in dispiriting, dreary ways, and Ralph Fiennes, playing Macnee's part, is a particular disaster.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

The only thing this Avengers shares with its swinging, earlier incarnation is a London setting.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Some bad movies are bold outrages; many others become hits. This one hasn't the juice to be either.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Fiennes and Thurman look fine in the familiar outfits, but aren't very good at banter, adventure or romance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 15% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
This movie is bad, yes, but it's an interesting type of bad movie. A lot of really cool sets and other odd visual decisions make this a rather intriguing… More
Morgan Salem
Yes the plotline is absolutely rediculous and Uma Thurmons acting is terrible as well as her costumes but guess who else is in this movie...RALPH FIENNES! and… More
Manu Gino
When evil reigns, only one team can weather the storm. Pretty bad movie! Take my word for it, there is nothing in "The Avengers" for you to get. It… More
Derek Daniels
A great cast put together for (yet another) remake that somewhere along the line falls flat. It took a drubbing from critics and fans, but whatever caused this… More
Kevin M. Williams
You'd hope that with Sean Connery given the chance to play a Bond villain that this would be a bit of a rousing party ... but no. Someone forgot that the… More
Ken Stachnik
Terrible simply terrible. I can't believe that this is actually as bad as everyone told me. Wow...