The Spy: Limited Series Reviews

September 11, 2019
[T]his is a startlingly bold demonstration of Cohen's acting chops. It's quite the Cohenaissance.
September 9, 2019
The Spy never quite manages to rise to the level of its excellent lead actors, but ends up being a satisfying depiction of one of the more unusual success stories of international espionage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 9, 2019
The fact that The Spy leaves the viewer as awestruck by the story as by [Sacha Baron] Cohen's convincing and emotionally-layered portrayal makes it a stone-solid drama...
September 9, 2019
As a spy drama, the series is as plodding as its title, reminding the audience of more soaring efforts and lending incident but not enough interest.
September 9, 2019
It has great power and an aura about it, based on its emotional mooring in truth.
September 6, 2019
This dark edge is not quite present in Baron Cohen's performance.
September 6, 2019
The only way a show like this will work is with a magnetic presence at its center, and Cohen is engaging at best.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
[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 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