The Spy: Limited Series Reviews

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September 6, 2019
Strong performances by Sacha Baron Cohen and Noah Emmerich, paired with Gideon Raff's steady hand, makes The Spy very watchable, albeit nothing revolutionary.
September 6, 2019
A must-see show...
September 6, 2019
The Spy ends up being a relatively economical bingewatch that clocks in at six hours with little time wasted. Even the tiniest, seemingly inconsequential things that happen along the way come full circle in the final episode.
September 6, 2019
Sacha Baron Cohen flexes his acting chops here to give a thoughtful and measured performance of a man that finds himself becoming lost in the persona he has created for himself. An interesting angle for Baron Cohen, of all actors, to explore.
September 6, 2019
Now there are more than a few cliches to be honest... but what there also is, is a crucial performance by Sacha Baron Cohen.
September 6, 2019
Sacha Baron Cohen provides another reminder that being a clown requires serious acting chops, which the famous prankster puts to use in "The Spy," a taut Netflix limited series based on a pretty remarkable true story.
September 6, 2019
The Spy may be subtler than The Brothers Grimsby, but it's not as good as it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2019
As a bonus, Sacha Baron Cohen turns in an exceptionally strong dramatic performance in the lead.
September 5, 2019
Gangly, ambitious and often shocked by his own daring, Cohen the comedian makes Cohen the spy into a compelling character, with no winks or gimmicks.
September 5, 2019
[A] nailbiter of a saga powered by a dazzling Sacha Baron Cohen in the role of the legendary Israeli agent.
September 5, 2019
In all, he is a model warrior, and The Spy has no interest in revealing any element of his inner life that might make him seem more human.
September 5, 2019
The Spy unspools an intense tale of suspense, building to a conclusion that is as devastating as it is inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 5, 2019
Baron Cohen is hugely impressive, playing things unfailingly straight as Cohen's own sense of self atrophies over years of audacious imposture and ascetic self-containment.
September 5, 2019
The Spy is another high-wire act from the nonpareil screen presence, albeit a shakier one that often lives and dies on the actor's very particular set of skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2019
The Spy is definitely not as flashy as a James Bond or Jason Bourne thriller but makes up for action with truly nail-biting moments.Too deliberately paced for the big screen but feels more like a feature film than a television series.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 5, 2019
Mostly plods through its familiar espionage narrative, a dull illustration of complex history.
September 4, 2019
Baron Cohen couldn't have found a role more well-suited to his gifts and career to date. The Spy is a thriller played entirely straight, but it also feels like Baron Cohen's persona with vastly higher stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 3, 2019
As far as espionage games go, The Spy doesn't rewrite the rules, but it does suggest that its star is more than up to the dramatic leading-man challenge.
September 3, 2019
"The Spy," is everything the HBO show "Our Boys" - which the prime minister recently lambasted in true Trumpian style - is not: Uncritical, unadventurous and underwhelming.
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