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Action, Comedy

A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

The critical consensus

It may occasionally shock a laugh from you, but between those moments your face will be a rictus of horror.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 23/02/2016

The Ali G and Borat creator shows little of his anarchic brilliance in this tame comedy, which is just kept from flatlining by moments of high-impact grossout.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 22/02/2016

The film could easily have seemed patronising - instead, it combines gleeful comic set-pieces with action sequences worthy of Jason Bourne.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 23/02/2016

Grimsby is knowingly nonsensical, while the action is fast-paced enough to distract you from the fact that this is essentially a base-level comedy featuring one of Baron Cohen’s most forgettable comedic characters.

**(*)(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 25/02/2016

For all its shock tactics, some involving animals, Grimsby is a so-so addition to the Cohen canon whose daring doesn’t extend to writing its female characters a single funny line.

**(*)(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 23/02/2016

At least Grimsby is mercifully brief.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 26/02/2016

Sacha Baron Cohen struggles with a northern accent and everything else in this unimaginative comedy.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 28/02/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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