Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002

Critics score:
54 / 100

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Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News: A 14-carat stinker, delivered with little sense of fun and less inspiration. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: The most consistently funny of the Austin Powers films. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: The '60s satire that made the first movie such a hip trip is now just so much polka-dotted wallpaper; the jokes are now almost exclusively confined to orifices and excretions. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: The Austin Powers films have never, ever been anything approaching high-brow, but the uneven Goldmember seems to take a big step toward the extremely juvenile, with more scatological and fewer sex jokes. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: I think this is the funniest of the three movies and I liked the first two. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Austin and Dr. Evil remain the most inventively detailed characters played by the franchise's star, guiding light and principal beneficiary. He's cheerful and energetic as ever. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: A shapeless, derivative-but-funny show. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: When a movie is as down-and-out funny as Austin Powers in Goldmember, it's easy to overlook the missed opportunities and fizzled jokes littering the barrage of hilarity. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Goldmember is funny enough to justify the embarrassment of bringing a barf bag to the moviehouse. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Not much else in this third Austin Powers sequel is new or memorable. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The reason this picture works better than its predecessors is that Myers is no longer simply spoofing the mini-mod-madness of '60s spy movies. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Myers' idea of a movie turns out to be similar to Ed Sullivan's idea for a variety show: Toss in a little bit of everything and hope for the best. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Austin Powers in Goldmember is a cinematic car wreck, a catastrophic collision of tastelessness and gall that nevertheless will leave fans clamoring for another ride. Read more

Paul Clinton (, It's amusing, but you may find that you're over it. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: With so many impersonations to keep track off, director Jay Roach winds up moving between Myers and Myers so often that the editing feels like a crude cut-and-paste job. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Mike Myers and Austin Powers may stick to their old Beatle boots, but they've both come a long way, luvvy. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Even if the gag-to-wince ratio isn't high, there are enough punchlines thrown here to make a sphinx smirk. Read more

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: Watching Austin Powers in Goldmember is like binging on cotton candy. It's sweet and fluffy at the time, but it may leave you feeling a little sticky and unsatisfied. Read more

Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly: Myers' puppy-dog tenacity to that cast-iron tenet of low comedy, disarming and even somewhat charming in the first film, now has an air of careerist desperation about it. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: Read more

Jonathan Foreman, New York Post: Uneven, self-conscious but often hilarious spoof. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: It's all amateur-night vaudeville and movies within movies that degenerate into total inanity. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Qualities that were once amusing are becoming irritating. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie is a little tired; maybe the original inspiration has run its course. Read more

Charles Taylor, Structurally and formally, Goldmember is a mess. What saves it is that Myers possesses in spades the thing that's crucial for comedy: an absolute lack of embarrassment and the willingness to go with his gut instinct. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Goldmember delivers. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: It's an ode to indecent joy. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: The third installment in the series of super-spy spoofs, it's handcuffed by the ever-increasing load of baggage it carries. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: This is a movie that's trying in too many senses of the word. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: The Powers team has fashioned a comedy with more laughs than many, no question. But this time there's some mold on the gold. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: The laughs are here, to be sure, although even some of the best of them are retreads and the Swinging '60s recycling act is now feeling a bit past its zeitgeist prime. Read more

Dennis Lim, Village Voice: Star/writer Mike Myers and director Jay Roach struggle visibly with exhausted possibilities and diminishing returns. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: One-ups the Austin Powers sequel that came before it. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: The level of inventiveness remains high. Read more