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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

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In Hitchcock's rare foray into comedy (courtesy of a wittily risque script by Norman Krasna), Mr. Smith (Robert Montgomery) makes the mistake of telling Mrs. Smith (Carole Lombard) that if he had it to do all over again, he might not have married her. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Smith discovers that his marriage is invalid. Rather than say goodbye, the newly aroused Mr. Smith attempts to entice Mrs. Smith into the bedroom, thrilled at the prospect of an "illicit" romance. But Mrs. Smith has also

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Romance, Classics, Comedy

Norman Krasna

Sep 7, 2004

RKO Radio Pictures

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (7) | DVD (6)

Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery are teamed successfully here in a light and gay marital farce.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The result is a chucklesome comedy that fails to mount into a coruscating wave of laughter.

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A gentle crazy comedy.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Many 'minor' Hitchcocks turn out to be intriguing films once you forgive them for not being thrillers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Some sparkling moments but this rare Hitchcock comedy farce is hit and miss.

March 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's a cute film, not nearly as funny as most of Lombard's other comedies, but there's enough good humor in Mr. & Mrs. Smith to make it pleasant.

March 20, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A bland screwball comedy that never kicks into high gear.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

When all's said and done, the most that can be remarked about it is how odd it is that this Hitchcock picture is so very predictable.

November 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Hitchcock's foray into screwball comedy is breezy fun

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Hitchcock would later admit that he had no idea what he was doing out of his element.

September 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's so crisp and snappy that one might think Howard Hawks or Ernst Lubitsch had made it.

September 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Offbeat comedy from Hitchcock

September 20, 2004
Film Journal International

you can practically hear Hitchcock snoring in the director's chair

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

This uncharacteristic Hitchcock comedy benefits from the delightful Krasna script. And Hitchcock is wise enough to play along without imposing his style on the material.

December 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Ill-advised comedy from Hitchcock. His thrillers often have more laughs

September 24, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Mr. & Mrs. Smith

The premise had legs but the story became pretty stupid halfway through. I quite liked it all the same though, the script was sharp and Carole Lombard and Gene Raymond gave good performances. For me though, Robert Montgomery's brilliant performance was enough to make me recommend, although Hitchcock fans should understand, this isn't really a Hitchcock film.
March 18, 2013
SirPant

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What's glib here is what's not said by the principals, Lombard and Montgomery, fully adapting to Hitch's trick of conveying thoughts with a glance. Unfortunately one wishes for more oomph, script-wise. Lombard, as ever, effervescence itself.
July 8, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Oh, this is supposed to be a comedy? My mistake...
June 24, 2011
spielberg00

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The only way I can rationalize the steaming pile of shit that is known as Mr. & Mrs. Smith was that Alfred Hitchcock had no idea what to do for his next movie or he needed to make a really big step back before taking many steps forward in the coming years. I love screwball comedies from this era but Mr. & Mrs. Smith is disappointing. Compound the fact that Hitchcock made it (comedy wasn't his specialty admittedly) and you're talking a borderline crime against humanity. Carole Lombard was admittedly beautiful but crazy as a shithouse rat to the point where I almost shut this down in the first half hour. I was filled with rage at how shitty the characters were and how the whole resolution was tacked on at the very end. I think I actually would've been happier if one of them died at the end. Watch with e x t r e m e caution and incredibly low expectations. Mr. & Mrs. Smith had a few funny moments but they didn't outweigh the painful and embarrassing ones.
May 4, 2011
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