Get Smart Reviews

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • As I say: darned funny! Weightless as froth, forgettable as dew, but pretty darned funny.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A pleasant surprise.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Chipper, energetic and unimaginatively plotted re-do.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • 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.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • By movie's end, we can imagine spending some more time with Agents 86 and 99, and liking it.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • I often wondered if the filmmakers weren't trying to fix something that isn't broken.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • With comic resources like this, Get Smart should have been a hoot, not just satisfactory. Missed it by that much.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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?

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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