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Based on 13 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • NA
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The best bits come in the first few minutes -- or maybe the jokes just seem fresher then. show more

  • 38
    Andy Seiler USA Today

    Friedberg, who previously made Nielsen's golfing video and rental car commercials, knows only the low road -- and gets lost anyway. [24 May 1996, Pg.04.D] show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    This movie may not be brilliant, but every now and then it's really funny. show more

  • 38
    TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Director Rick Friedberg (who made the "bad golf" videos with Leslie Nielsen) has crafted a dreadfully unfunny comedy that takes Naked Gun-like sketches and rehashes them without a whit of style or energy. show more

  • 40

    Sporadically funny, but never more than a sting of crude gags. show more

  • 11
    Austin Chronicle

    Filled to the bursting point with witless, sub-Mad magazine movie parodies, pointless cameos by a seemingly endless parade of has-beens, and once-hysterical, now stale jokes lifted straight from "Airplane!" and the original "Naked Gun", Spy Hard is a truly desperate comedy. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Most of the laughs come near the beginning, before Rick Friedberg's klutzy directing becomes annoyingly monotonous. show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    I'm happy to report, though, that even a dud like Spy Hard can't completely douse the stumbling Zen charm of Leslie Nielsen, whose genius is that he never quite sheds the illusion that he isn't in on the joke. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Instead of building sustained comic set pieces, it takes a machine-gun approach to humor. Without looking at where it's aiming, it opens fire and sprays comic bullets in all directions, trusting that a few will hit the bull's-eye. A few do, but many more don't. show more

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