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Get Smart (2008)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 214
Fresh: 109 | Rotten: 105

Get Smart rides Steve Carell's considerable charm for a few laughs, but in the end is a rather ordinary Summer comedy.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 23

Get Smart rides Steve Carell's considerable charm for a few laughs, but in the end is a rather ordinary Summer comedy.



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40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell steps into the telephonic shoes of television's most beloved bumbling detective in this big-screen adaptation of the hit 1960s-era comedy series created by Mel Brooks. The evil geniuses at KAOS have hatched a diabolical plot to dominate every living man, woman, and child on the planet, and their plot gets under way as they attack the headquarters of the U.S. spy agency Control. As a result of the attack, the identity of every agent working for Control has


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember

Nov 4, 2008


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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I often wondered if the filmmakers weren't trying to fix something that isn't broken.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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One of the more pleasant surprises of the year.

June 23, 2008 | Comments (3)
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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 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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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 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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For anyone who entertained hopes for Get Smart and has not been entertained back, the film's main fault will lie in its wobbly translation.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Get Smart certainly has its moments, but suffers badly from an inability to balance the surreal humor and life-threatening terrorist threat.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

There's enough packed in there to warrant a viewing if you fancy a bit of fun.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Get Smart is a nice afternoon diversion. There are no big laughs to be had, no matter how hard it tries, but there are lots and lots of chuckles, and that's probably good enough.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

The hostile repartee between the characters is as ungainly as director Peter Segal's lumbering action sequences

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

It has at least five undeniable laughs.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

While I think ultimately this film is unnecessary, it's still fairly entertaining and it's certainly better than the recent Pink Panther reboot with Steve Martin.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

The term laugh-a-minute is a bit hackneyed for my taste, and Get Smart comes closer to several laughs-a-minute.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

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

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comments (2)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

...a manufactured piece of work that's been geared towards the lowest common denominator.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Without Anne Hathaway, Get Smart might have been a one-note comedy; with her, it's super spirited and super fun.

November 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

Not funny outrageous or funny gross, but funny cute, funny nice, funny mild.

October 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The movie is a time-killer without a killer instinct.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Smart summer entertainment that retains the likeability and wit of its source material but brings it into the 21st century with a perfectly cast Steve Carell.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Get Smart is happy enough to play for straight laughs rather than truly subversive wit.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The stage is clearly set for a sequel, but God help them if they stuff that movie with even more clutter than they stuffed into this one.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

You'll have a better time if you don't expect this re-imagined work to resemble the original. The phone shoe does fit Carell, and he wears it well.

October 18, 2008
Palo Alto Weekly

A dumbed-down version of a belovedly lowbrow 1960s TV series.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

It's a trailer.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: ABC News (Australia)
ABC News (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Get Smart


It's nowhere near as awful as it could have been thanks to it's strong cast but after it finally decides to wrap itself up in a neat bow, Get Smart adds up to nothing more than terribly average and relatively lame summer material. It's downfall is the fact that it makes little use of it's star studded talent like most massively financed comedies, there was definitely a missed opportunity here. It's fairly dull and runs out of steam about 30 minutes in and decides to go dead serious when it comes to the plot. Which I will point out is all over the place and almost non-existent. There's also a huge problem with the soundtrack because it repeats the same stereotypical spy thriller music over and over and over again. It's not terrible, Steve Carell scores a lot of laughs but after almost 2 hours of having him on screen doing nothing more than his charming face, it really made me think of how brilliant The 40 Year Old Virgin was. Anne Hathaway also does the best with the weak script she's given, she has fun as does Alan Arkin and Terrence Stamp in their perfectly cast roles. But in the end the film as a whole is fairly forgettable, it has moments of good comedy, but that and cleverly crafted special effect sequences can't quite make up for the flaws surounding them.
October 10, 2012
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A funny movie that revolves around Carrell and his antics. The story is not great nor does it make perfect sense, but it keeps the movie moving and Carrell keeps the jokes coming. Main fault is lack of chemistry between Hathaway and Carrell.
January 13, 2012
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

It's exactly what you can expect from it. A funny joke here and there. And a medicore plot. I can't mention anything funny. Cause I can't remember it...
January 7, 2012
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

    1. Maxwell Smart: I think it's only fair to warn you, this facility is surrounded by a highly trained team of 130 Black Op Snipers.
    2. Siegfried: I don't believe you.
    3. Maxwell Smart: Would you believe two dozen Delta Force Commandos?
    4. Siegfried: No
    5. Maxwell Smart: How about Chuck Norris with a BB Gun?
    – Submitted by Andrew D (14 months ago)
    1. Maxwell Smart: I believe you have underestimated me and the element of surprise!
    – Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (17 months ago)
    1. Maxwell Smart: Did you see anything while I was dancing?
    2. Agent 99: Just once, but I don't think you expected him to lift you so high.
    – Submitted by David R (23 months ago)
    1. Maxwell Smart: Sir, I believe you just shattered my coccyx!
    – Submitted by Arjun I (2 years ago)
    1. Maxwell Smart: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
    2. Chief: I don't know. Were you thinking: 'Holy shit, holy shit, a swordfish almost went through my head'?
    – Submitted by Cameron D (2 years ago)
    1. Maxwell Smart: Personal best!
    – Submitted by ethan t (2 years ago)
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