Spies Like Us
Spies Like Us (1985)

Director John Landis helmed this Cold War farce starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase as Austin Millbarge and Emmett Fitz-Hume -- two loser misfits who dwell in the lower ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency. Convinced despite much… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 6, 1985
DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the comedic prowess of its director and two leads, Spies Like Us appears to disavow all knowledge of how to make the viewer laugh.

Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

That Chase is godawful is no surprise -- he's been running on empty for years with variations on that tired "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not" riff.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

There are seeds of something funny in the film's beginning and in its premise, but they are soon dissipated by so little sustained wit, and so much scenery.

Jason Newman

The movie has since become a cult classic; one that those of a certain age and gender have committed to near memory and can spout lines and scenes on command like a new Army recruit.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Landis never bothers to account for the friendship that springs up spontaneously between these two antipathetic types, but then he never bothers to account for anything in this loose progression of recycled Abbott and Costello riffs.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Dated '80s comedy has strong language, few laughs.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

nothing more than a nostalgia trip for people my age who remember seeing it in theatres and, because we were twelve, thinking it was hilarious.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

The script is so patchy that most of the genuine laughs are squeezed into the first half; the rest is a rather tacky and confused extended joke about the nuclear arms race.

TV Guide

Landis' direction is indulgent, to say the least, with big landscapes, big crashes, big hardware, and big gags filling the screen. What he forgets is character development, that all-important factor that must exist for comedy to work well.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...may never reach comic heights but, nonetheless, maintains a good-natured charm.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
There was a time when certain movies could be rolled out into the cinemas solely depending on a handful of [i]Saturday Night Live[/i] performers. These movies… More
Aj V
An outrageous, hilarious comedy with a great cast and director. I love this movie.
Chris Weber
Taking inspiration from the Hope & Crosby "Road to" movies (which explains Hope's cameo...his final film appearance), this is the story of… More
David Ladd
One of my favorite comedies from the 80's.To give you a quick rundown of the plot. Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge (Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd) are… More
Lucas Martins
Funny in some part, until the picture show that the script is not so good or funniest.
Tim Salmons
I love this movie. Saw it a million times on TV and I still enjoy watching it when it's on.