I Spy (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

I Spy2002

I Spy (2002)



Critic Consensus: Insipid and mirthless, I-Spy bares little resemblance to the TV series that inspired it.

I Spy Videos

I Spy Photos

Movie Info

Special agent Alex Scott and middleweight world champion Kelly Robinson are reluctantly paired for a dangerous mission to recover the Switchblade, the U.S.'s latest and most technologically sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft. The prototype spy plane has fallen into the hands of a nefarious arms dealer, Arnold Gundars, who plans to sell it to the highest bidder - a rogue terrorist with access to nuclear warheads. After the U.S. government fails to retrieve the plane through the normal undercover channels, the president asks Robinson to provide civilian cover for agent Scott to find the stealth aircraft before the terrorist transforms it into a delivery system for weapons of mass destruction. Scott needs Robinson to penetrate Gundars' palatial headquarters in Budapest. An avid boxing fan, Gundars is staging a championship bout between the undefeated Robinson (57-0) and the reigning European titleholder. The real contest takes place outside the ring, however, between the cocky Robinson and the put-upon Scott. After a series of near disasters, the two men finally bond in the depths of the Budapest sewer system. Robinson, the womanizer, coaches the shy, insecure Scott in the art of seduction so he can woo Rachel, the beautiful agent who is on assignment with them. In turn, Scott introduces Robinson to the dazzling world of espionage and high-tech spy gadgetry.

Watch it now


Eddie Murphy
as Kelly Robinson
Owen Wilson
as Alex Scott
Gary Cole
as Carlos
Tate Taylor
as Lt. Percy
Bill Mondy
as McIntyre
Larry Merchant
as Vegas Commentator
Keith Dallas
as Lunchbox
Sugar Ray Leonard
as Vegas Commentator
Joe Cortez
as Vegas Referee
Jimmy Lennon Jr.
as Vegas Ring Announcer
Gordon Racette
as Europe Referee
Steve Albert
as Vegas Announcer
Bobby Cyze
as Vegas Announcer
Darren Shahlavi
as Cedric Mills
Dana Lee
as Zhu Tam
Gus Lynch
as General Elmo Tucker
Malik McCall
as Kelly's Pilot
Ray Galletti
as BNS Man
Kendall Saunders
as Beautiful Girl
Crystal Lowe
as Beautiful Girl
Peter Vida
as Vespa Guy
J.B. Bivens
as BNS Equipment Technician
Steve Lesko
as Massage Patron
John Scott
as Spa Patron
Norman Edge
as Spa Patron
Peter Linka
as Master of Ceremonies
Mihaly Tabanyi
as Hungarian Violinist
Csaba Szocs
as Hungarian Cop
Yaroslav Poverlo
as Hungarian Cop
Eric Bryson
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Glenn Ennis
as Member of Gundar's Posse
George Josef
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Roger Lewis
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Tony Morelli
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Layton Morrison
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Mike Roselli
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Kevin Rushton
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Simone Bailly
as Vegas Showgirl
Kylea Beil
as Vegas Showgirl
Ocean Bloom
as Vegas Showgirl
Jade Boragno
as Vegas Showgirl
Kristene Kenward
as Vegas Showgirl
Deborah Macatumpag
as Vegas Showgirl
Colette Perry
as Vegas Showgirl
Angela Uyeda
as Vegas Showgirl
View All

News & Interviews for I Spy

Critic Reviews for I Spy

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (41)

TV classic remade as a forgettable buddy movie.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's disposable dumb fun. And there's nothing wrong with that.

November 26, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Though ample time is spent mingling Murphy's jabberjaw locutions and Wilson's curveball spaciness, the film leaves only the bitter reek of a botched chemistry experiment.

November 5, 2002 | Full Review…

I really resent a movie like this that just looks like it's made by a committee when you have two such huge talents wasted like this.

November 5, 2002

It's a buddy movie with zero chemistry between its leads, and even the action set-pieces seem dated and deadly dull.

November 3, 2002 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Unexceptional espionage comedy.

November 2, 2002 | Rating: C

Audience Reviews for I Spy


Get another field of view Not a very funny movie. The story really is weak and barely good action comes our way. I saw this film pretty much for Owen Wilson since i'm not a Eddie Murphy movie fan per se. Watch at own risk! When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States' top spies, Alex Scott, is called to action. What he doesn't expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World Class Boxing Champion Kelly Robinson, on a dangerous top secret espionage mission. Their assignment: using equal parts skill and humor, catch Arnold Gundars, one of the world's most successful illegal arms dealers, and foil his treacherous plans for the plane.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

More another worthless picture by Betty Thomas and Eddie Murphy.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

High School theater viewing, didn't like it at the time. Thought one scene was funny but was disinterested throughout. Watched it again recently and my opinion hasn't changed. Eddie Murphy is Chris Tucker in Rush Hour or Eddie Murphy in anything he has ever done.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

I Spy Quotes

News & Features