Get Smart Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
As a reworking of one of the great 1960s TV comedies, you'd think being funny would be its main goal. But you would be wrong. Very, very wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
August 22, 2008
Overall this is a limp parade of recycled gags and gadgets: an action movie with no surprises and a comedy with nothing like enough laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2008
I often wondered if the filmmakers weren't trying to fix something that isn't broken.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 23, 2008
One of the more pleasant surprises of the year.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 20, 2008
Get Smart is likable and very funny -- at least a two-to-one ratio of excellent gags to clunkers -- but it's not, for better or worse, Get Smart.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 20, 2008
It's not going to redefine comedy as we know it, but it's amusing and briskly paced, busy with an engaging mix of supporting actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2008
Written and directed with efficiency, cheer, and a refreshing lack of look-how-meta-clever-we-are egotism, the movie references just enough of the original touchstones and punchlines to please those who lived it the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2008
Chipper, energetic and unimaginatively plotted re-do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 20, 2008
You cannot expect a bunch of vacationing kids to remember, let alone revere, a cheeky little TV half hour that entertained the old folks almost a half century ago.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
June 20, 2008
Despite what seemed (in the trailers, at least) like inspired casting of Steve Carell, the perpetrators of Get Smart almost entirely miss what made the Cold War TV spy comedy funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2008
Remaking Get Smart for the big screen might have sounded like a bad idea, but the movie shows it to have been something else: a really bad idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 20, 2008
Get Smart could have been smarter. But like the show that inspired it, it's still smarter than it looks.
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 20, 2008
It has the old lines, and the funky props that fans remember. But it also has some decent new ideas, too. And thanks to Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, a bit of a new vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 20, 2008
Would you believe the new version of the '60s spy spoof Get Smart, starring Steve Carell, isn't awful -- like almost all TV-to-movie transfers -- but instead, that it's actually pretty funny (if overlong and overproduced)?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 20, 2008
Although Carell is never less than likable, he's funnier in any random scene of The Office. Here's hoping some misguided team doesn't try to turn that series into a quick grab at box-office bucks 40 years from now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 20, 2008
A little more unabashed silliness might have made Get Smart a better movie. As is it's a chuckly comfort-food film that you neither love nor hate, serviceable fare for a warm summer daze.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 20, 2008
By movie's end, we can imagine spending some more time with Agents 86 and 99, and liking it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2008
Instead of the show's wacky, slapstick tone, Get Smart presents itself as an action-filled spy movie that just happens to be really funny. And for the most part, it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 20, 2008
Get Smart needed to be a lot smarter. And funnier. The movie stands as proof yet again that hit television series do not make for good movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 20, 2008
Get Smart, version 2008, surrounds skilled, likable players, and a handful of solid belly laughs with $80 million worth of formulaic summer-movie mediocrity. A lot of things explode, but the movie never detonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 20, 2008
The truth is that Get Smart is one of the year's sharper comedies, and if it contains any WMDs, that stands for 'wit of major delight.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2008
It's funny, exciting, preposterous, great to look at, and made with the same level of technical expertise we'd expect from a new Bond movie itself. And all of that is very nice, but nicer still is the perfect pitch of the casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 20, 2008
The new Get Smart doesn't miss it by that much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 20, 2008
Get Smart is made up of feeble and funny jokes, brand actors and enough special effects to give you some bang for your summertime buck.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 19, 2008
It can't decide whether it wants to be a thrilling action movie or a quirky comic spoof. The elements seem in conflict, rather than seamlessly blended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 19, 2008
No knockout, but Carell wins on a rock-solid technicality -- he's funny.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 19, 2008
With comic resources like this, Get Smart should have been a hoot, not just satisfactory. Missed it by that much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 19, 2008
In updating a beloved TV show, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to excise everything that was fun about it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 19, 2008
As I say: darned funny! Weightless as froth, forgettable as dew, but pretty darned funny.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 19, 2008
All that's missing is the spirit and the anarchic humor of the sitcom created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. The result is an overdressed, carefully stitched scarecrow of a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 19, 2008
Get Smart does all it can to please; thanks mostly to Carell, it just barely succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2008
Get Smart is by no means a great movie. Would you believe . . . a good movie? Would you believe . . . a passable couple of hours with a decent laugh thrown in here and there?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 19, 2008
You shouldn't make time to see it, but if you wander in you won't be irate.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 18, 2008
This is one instance when a TV series-based movie rewards nostalgia without demanding it. Get Smart is funny enough in its own right to attract younger viewers while paying homage to its 40-year old predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 18, 2008
Get Smart, which began its life on TV as a classic sitcom that cleverly satirized Cold War espionage, has been transformed for the big screen into just another standard action picture.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 18, 2008
I didn't mind the movie, though many of its effects struck me as laboriously overproduced.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 17, 2008
A pleasant surprise.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 16, 2008
In this distressingly generic spy spoof, it's not Maxwell who's clueless, but the filmmakers.
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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.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 11, 2008
A lot of the comedy seems to have been lost in the translation.