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Get Smart Reviews

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Top Critic
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
Marc Fennell
ABC News (Australia)
August 31, 2008
It's a trailer.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 22, 2008
The film doesn't have the sharp hysteria of the series, and it gets a bit over-serious at times. But it's still a thoroughly entertaining film with terrific characters all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 22, 2008
We sit back and wait for the laughs. Which come pretty slow and infrequent, though Carell does his straight-faced best to act out the A-Z of Hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 22, 2008
The film is about as funny as a 3am cold call, and if you are a critic you cannot slam down the phone before you have heard it out.

The Sun (UK)
August 22, 2008
Get Smart won't change the world but it is the most fun movie out this weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
August 22, 2008
The picture works best as a comedy, and early on it's consistently amusing, with a refreshingly witty script and skilful actors in Carell, Arkin and, more surprisingly, Johnson, to put across the verbal and sight gags with brio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
August 22, 2008
Stunts, gadgets and Bill Murray in a tree: Get Smart hurls everything at the screen in the hope it'll stick. Shame all the money went on the dopey action finale instead of some halfway witty gags and a decent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
August 22, 2008
Yet while it's as novel as a second-hand ejector seat and hits the groin more often than the funnybone, Get Smart still registers enough clicks on the giggle counter to make its mission passable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 22, 2008
Steve Carell is reliably funny as an accident-prone special agent in Get Smart, but he's funny on his own here - without a good script or a zingy supporting cast to help him along.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 22, 2008
This is a spy comedy which seems entirely unaware of the new genre of Jack Bauer or Jason Bourne, and instead looks more like a Roger Moore-era 007 knockoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
August 22, 2008
Peter Segal's film is only occasionally funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
August 22, 2008
From this distance it looks like a rejected chapter from the Naked Gun franchise, and infinitely more wooden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Film4
August 22, 2008
If you really want to get smart, you'll avoid this tiresome time-waster like the proverbial plague.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Tony Horkins
Empire Magazine
August 22, 2008
Despite a plot that should be simpler, Get Smart is as big on action as it is on laughs and works because it's less a tired spoof and more a quality comedic adventure movie in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
August 21, 2008
Hiring 50-year-old Madonna to sing out Get Smart's end credits is a nice touch - given the film is one long joke almost as old as the Queen of Pop herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 21, 2008
Entertaining, smartly acted spy comedy that delivers thrills and laughs in equal measure, while throwing in enough material to keep fans of the TV series happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
August 13, 2008
A film with great flair. Another hit for Carell and a great summer hit for all that is a must see!!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 10, 2008
A slight positive check mark in the history of television adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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