80

Wall Street Journal

The movie is, at times, funny enough to make you cry, and, when it's not, it moves nicely as a parody.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The hilarious Malkovich, coiffed in an artful pageboy and savoring a fruity French accent, would overpower the competition on sheer thespian madness.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Once in a long while, it even comes tantalizingly close to that rarest of modern film commodities -- ribald wit.
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63

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
It's a chaste "Austin Powers," a less ridiculous "Casino Royale," a more subtle "Spy Hard" — in other words, yet another James Bond parody.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The jokes often are corny or labored, and the story is predictable. However, Atkinson raises the movie to the level of good fun by the force of his outrageous persona and skill at physical comedy.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Adding to the general air of ''What the hell?'' is Australian pop singer Natalie Imbruglia as Lorna, the beautiful superspy who falls for our hero. With Lorna's help, Johnny discovers that Sauvage is plotting to take over the British throne -- the Battle of Hastings wasn't good enough, it seems.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
There weren't enough good laughs for me to recommend it to anyone other than the most devoted Beanheads.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
By playing the boob so brilliantly, Atkinson allows us the catharsis of recognizing our own incompetencies and lack of poise.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
An old-fashioned comedy. And in this case, "old-fashioned" means tired, out of date and so abominably blah that you'll fall asleep in your popcorn.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia gets to play the babe, nothing more, but she does that brightly. The rest of the movie is a dim bulb.
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51 out of 100
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