Critic Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
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Critic Reviews for Spy
She's no Mata Hari, and she may not get the guy (though she does get some) - but that doesn't mean she can't be a different sort of badass, the kind that's a reminder of McCarthy's range beyond just physical comedy.
Melissa McCarthy keeping pace in foot chases with actors who spend the better portion of their lives in a gym is about as funny as it gets, unless you count the antonymous editing of the action sequences.
Feig keeps his Spy machinery cranking so smoothly that nothing said or done feels as outrageous as, in fact, it is. The truth serum Spy drops into our fizzy drinks makes us feel so good that we don't even realize we've been schooled.
Melissa McCarthy shines in this clever action-comedy showcase provided by the writer and director Paul Feig, but the movie's tightly contrived plot and uniformly positive emotions constrain her comic genius.
Audience Reviews for Spy
Enjoyable silliness with a few laughs thanks to Melissa and her "glamorous" aliases. The spy genre is not a favourite, but I found this fun even though I don't see it as a favourite to rewatch. Rose Byrne is good too.
A frumpy CIA analyst is forced into the field when a nuclear terror plot blows the cover of all the other agents. Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham are as unlikely a comic duo as one can name, and yet they work wonderfully together in this fun spoof of the spy film genre. McCarthy is hilarious, and Statham's deadpan delivery never misses. While there is a lot to like about this film, it stretches the suspension of disbelief to its limits. At times it tries to walk the tightrope of pseudo-realism and Naked Gun-style farce but totters back and forth confusingly. Also, there are some wells that the film goes to too many times, as though all the writers' brainstormed lines had to make it into the film. Overall, it's a fun diversion and a fine comic turn by many of its stars.
As a ridiculous comedy, Spy wholeheartedly delivers the laughs. What deepens this into a tour de force, rests in the way Melissa McCarthy subverts our expectations. She is a heroine to be admired because she is so darn talented. When she fights a lithe knife wielding assassin in the tight confines of a restaurant kitchen, she demonstrates athleticism by using a frying man to defend herself. The visual sight gag is a spectacle of perfectly timed physical satire and choreography. The understanding is, these powerful specimens may be good, but Susan is better. Melissa McCarthy has the ability to take even slow parts and make them shine. Add Rose Byrne as the emotionless villain and you have a match made in comedy heaven. If you could bottle their chemistry, you'd have the key ingredient for any successful duo. The rest of the star filled supporting cast (Jason Statham, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law) are amusing too. They're just not quite at the level of McCarthy or Rose Byrne. That's OK. There's more than enough laughs here to sustain two movies. Spy is the most gut-bustingly funny movie of the year so far. I wouldn't be surprised if it retains that title. fastfilmreviews.com
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