Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a hip, hilarious take-off of 1960s spy adventures -- such as the James Bond films or Our Man Flint -- that goes beyond mere parody. It's evident that creator Mike Myers, co-star Elizabeth Hurley, and everyone else involved seem to be having a tremendous amount of fun with the project. Myers supplies not one, but two rich comic creations: the title hero and his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil. The film's fish-out-of-water scenario could easily have been stretched much too thin; though the premise does occasionally flag, Myers peppers the film with offbeat tangents and great cameos from stars such as Tom Arnold, Carrie Fisher, and pop impresario Burt Bacharach. Austin Powers' humor is broad, to be sure, but like many broad cult comedies, the film gets better and better with repeat viewings.
by Matthew Doberman review