Get Smart Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 19, 2008
Suffers from unfortunate delusions of being an action movie that quickly overtake its potential as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
June 21, 2008
Is it too late to go back and make the whole thing about Bill Murray in that tree?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 20, 2008
Surely after the Speed Racer fiasco, Warner Brothers was ready to say 'sayonara' to lame 1960s TV adaptations. But plainly there wasn't time for the studio to, ahem, Get Smart about that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
June 19, 2008
Get Smart is sort of mildly amusing, and if you were a fan of the original series you might love it, but a lot of the jokes are weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
July 3, 2008
Hollywood has no idea what to do with Steve Carell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 19, 2008
[I]f director Peter Segal and writers Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember didn't want Maxwell Smart to be a bumbling boob, fine, but they haven't given him much of a personality to substitute for the old one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2008
Missed it by that much. Actually, the new version of Get Smart misses by a fair-size margin. It's too bad. It's just trying to give us a good time at the retroplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 20, 2008
Rather than the laugh a minute promised by old comedies, Get Smart generates approximately one laugh per hour, and I can't remember either one.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 23, 2008
In 'Get Smart,' Steve Carell doesn't do anything to acknowledge Don Adams or make the Maxwell Smart role his own.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 19, 2008
Missed it by that much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
The hostile repartee between the characters is as ungainly as director Peter Segal's lumbering action sequences
June 20, 2008
Per the latest intelligence report: For a grown-up summer comedy, Get Smart gets merely a passing grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 16, 2008
This is a slap-dash effort whose producers threw money and stunts onscreen instead of the satirical gags and one-liners that made the old spy spoof so memorable.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 23, 2008
Offering a little bit of everything but not quite enough of any one thing, Get Smart is a likable jumble of genres that would have benefited from being less ambitious.
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
What do dithering tv weathermen do when they retire? They must take their lame, witless banter and their awkward timing to Hollywood to write and direct movies. That might explain Get Smart, one of the latest in a long line of humid, mediocre, tire
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Get Smart certainly has its moments, but suffers badly from an inability to balance the surreal humor and life-threatening terrorist threat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Stevens
E! Online
June 19, 2008
Despite its classic-TV pedigree, Get Smart is just another big, dumb summer movie and should have heeded its title's advice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christian Toto
Washington Times
June 20, 2008
Get Smart has it all - the Cone of Silence, the shoe phone, the familiar one-liners. But the re-imagined Maxwell Smart isn't nearly as funny as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 18, 2008
A succession of tepid gags tethered by a flimsy narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 19, 2008
An unwieldy spoof-thriller of clashing styles that undermine each other like a parade of double agents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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