Get Smart Reviews

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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.
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.
August 22, 2008
From this distance it looks like a rejected chapter from the Naked Gun franchise, and infinitely more wooden.
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.
August 7, 2008
I often wondered if the filmmakers weren't trying to fix something that isn't broken.
July 10, 2008
Which words describe this movie version of one of the funniest television shows ever made? Terrible, puerile and a travesty are close, but not angry enough.
June 23, 2008
One of the more pleasant surprises of the year.
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.
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.
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.
June 20, 2008
Chipper, energetic and unimaginatively plotted re-do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 20, 2008
Get Smart could have been smarter. But like the show that inspired it, it's still smarter than it looks.
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.
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.
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)?
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.
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