The Spy Who Dumped Me

The Spy Who Dumped Me Information

The Spy Who Dumped Me is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel and co-written by Fogel and David Iserson. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, and Sam Heughan, and follows two friends who get chased through Europe by assassins after one of their ex-boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent. The film was released in the United States on August 3, 2018, by Lionsgate. It has grossed $26 million and received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned the film's intended genre and tone but praised the performances.


Two friends, Audrey and Morgan, unwittingly become entangled in a conspiracy when Audrey discovers her ex is a CIA agent with a desired item.



Principal photography began production in Budapest, Hungary in July 2017. It also took place in Amsterdam that September, wrapping that same month.


The Spy Who Dumped Me premiered at Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on July 25, 2018. The film was originally scheduled to be released on July 6, 2018, but after "a phenomenal test screening" it was pushed back a month to August 3, 2018, in order to avoid a crowded July frame.


Box office

, The Spy Who Dumped Me has grossed $19.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $1.7 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $21.5 million, against a production budget of $40 million.

In the United States and Canada, The Spy Who Dumped Me was released alongside Christopher Robin, The Darkest Minds and Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time?, and was projected to gross $10-15 million from 3,111 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $5 million on its first day, including $950,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $12.4 million, finishing third at the box office behind holdover Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Christopher Robin.

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 44% based on 123 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Spy Who Dumped Me isn't the funniest or most inventive spy comedy, but Kate McKinnon remains as compulsively watchable as ever." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

Varietys Owen Gleiberman praised McKinnon's performance but criticized the film for favoring violence over comedy, writing, "The Spy Who Dumped Me is no debacle, but it's an over-the-top and weirdly combustible entertainment, a movie that can't seem to decide whether it wants to be a light comedy caper or a top-heavy exercise in B-movie mega-violence." Barbara VanDenburgh of The Arizona Republic called the film "a tonally incongruous, plodding and graphically violent comedy" and gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, saying: "Perhaps the problem isn't one of too little ambition, but of too much. The Spy Who Dumped Me is, after all, trying earnestly to be about half a dozen different things: a buddy comedy, a spy drama, a raunch fest, a thrilling action film. It's just that it doesn't have the focus to do any of those things particularly well." Rolling Stones Peter Travers criticized the film, awarding it 2 out of 5 stars. Travers stated that the film "spends way too much time on car chases, shootouts, knife fights and R-rated violence that doesn't square with the film's comic agenda" and also commented that "The Spy Who Dumped Me isn't just painfully unfunny"?it criminally wastes the comic talents of Kate McKinnon."

Richard Brody of The New Yorker praised the film stating, Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon riff gleefully in the ample and precise framework of Susanna Fogel's effervescent action comedy, while Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times also gave a positive review saying, "The Spy Who Dumped Me [is] a fast, funny Europe-trotting buddy caper". Sarah Melton from Exclaim! praised the film, saying "The Spy Who Dumped Me may be far from a cinematic masterpiece, but the accomplishment of blending action, a genre which relies on heightened stakes, with comedy, intended to relieve tension, is still something noteworthy."

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