What's Up, Tiger Lily?
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

Woody Allen took a Japanese spy movie called Kagi No Kagi, and replaced its original dialogue with an entirely new plot. In its revised state, this film follows the adventures of agent Phil Moskowitz who is on a deadly mission to secure the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 2, 1966
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Arguably Woody Allen's funniest movie.

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Fernando F. Croce

Since dismissed as juvenile doodling by its author, the picture is actually an exercise in disjunctive radicalism, the word defeating the image.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's so crazy that it works until halfway through, as that's when the gimmick becomes tiresome and the sophomoric one-liners lose their zip.

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Variety Staff

The production has one premise -- deliberately mismatched dialog -- which is sustained reasonably well through its brief running time.

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TV Guide

What's Up, Tiger Lily? is cleverly devised, hinging on a well-developed sense of the absurd.

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Rob Gonsalves

Amusing redub from Woody Allen.

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Time Out

A jolly oddity.

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Emanuel Levy

Gimmicky but intermittently funny, Woody Allen's feature directing debut is based on the retooling and redubbing of a minor Japanese thriller-actioner with American actors.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Japanese spy flick dubbed into incomprehensible English; funny for a while but ultimately tedious

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
Woody Allen's directorial debut was an interesting experiment at the time: redubbing International Secret Police: A Barrel of Gunpowder and ISP: Key of… More
Jennifer Xu
Um, I really hated it. And it pains me to say so because I love Woody so dearly. Unfunny, uncreative, and unintentionally confusing! Honestly I think I… More
Devon Bott
After writing and appearing in the film, "What's New Pussycat?", Woody Allen was approached by producers to write an english language dub of the… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Clever, but lame. I liked "Kung Pow!: Enter the Fist" much more.
Jennifer D
Good, a little strange, but funny.
xGary Xx
I thought it was funny the first time I saw it, but it really doesn't stand up to repeat viewing. Some very funny lines though..."Mom could always… More