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The Spy: Limited Series (2019)



Critic Consensus: Though at times stodgy, The Spy's exploration of a real-life hero remains engaging thanks to a moving performance from Sacha Baron Cohen.


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In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.


Critic Reviews for The Spy: Limited Series

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (16)

This dark edge is not quite present in Baron Cohen's performance.

September 6, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The only way a show like this will work is with a magnetic presence at its center, and Cohen is engaging at best.

September 6, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

September 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though the series struggles at times to fill its already modest six hours with what might be called a thrilling narrative, The Spy nevertheless manages to deliver a taut and compelling psychological drama.

November 26, 2019 | Full Review…

In technical and stylistic terms, [Gideon] Raff has got a few creative surprises up his sleeve, like any words written, typed, or read by Eli arranging themselves on a blank surface nearby, before gently disappearing.

November 26, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The Spy is entertaining, if unmemorable. The plot isn't particularly twisty and the characters are two-dimensional. It doesn't actually engage with the historical politics in any meaningful way.

November 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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