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  • Summary: When the headquarters of secret U.S. spy agency CONTROL is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside his idol, stalwart superstar Agent 23. SmartWhen the headquarters of secret U.S. spy agency CONTROL is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside his idol, stalwart superstar Agent 23. Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99. As Smart and 99 get closer to unraveling KAOS' master plan--and each other--they discover that key KAOS operative Siegfried and his sidekick, Shtarker, are scheming to cash in with their network of terror. With no field experience and little time, Smart--armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm--must defeat KAOS if he is to save the day. (Warner Bros. Studios) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. 88
    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.
  2. 75
    Steve Carell's portrayal of Max is just about perfect for the material.
  3. 70
    Get Smart could have been smarter. But like the show that inspired it, it's still smarter than it looks.
  4. 58
    You never get the sense that the director, Peter Segal, knows where the funny is, whether in his star or in the story.
  5. The film reunites Carell with his "Little Miss Sunshine" co-star Arkin, who, as always, delivers the goods, as do most of the other supporting players. Too long by at least 15-20 minutes, Get Smart is nevertheless a giggly summer movie.
  6. 50
    Remaking Get Smart without Don Adams and Barbara Feldon is like remaking "My Little Chickadee" without Mae West and W.C. Fields--the best possible outcome is disappointment.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 95
  2. Negative: 8 out of 95
  1. Feb 11, 2011
    10
    The action was better than I expected. As far as the humor goes, all the scenarios that Max gets himself into are, for the most part,The action was better than I expected. As far as the humor goes, all the scenarios that Max gets himself into are, for the most part, hilarious. Side characters supply great one-liners,too. Expand
  2. RobertB
    Jun 22, 2008
    10
    The casting of this movie was simply brilliant! Took my three kids to see it, and we couldn't stop laughing and quoting parts of the for The casting of this movie was simply brilliant! Took my three kids to see it, and we couldn't stop laughing and quoting parts of the for hours afterwards. Steve Carell was a perfect replacement for Don Adams! Was it campy? Yes. Was the plot deep and thoughtful? No. Was is really funny? YES! If you loved the original Get Smart, then this lovingly crafted homage will appeal to you as well (especially given all the cameos by original cast members). Expand
  3. AnyaT.
    May 22, 2009
    9
    When I first sat down to watch Get Smart I had absolutely no idea what it was about, but I had low expectations. I expected it to be the When I first sat down to watch Get Smart I had absolutely no idea what it was about, but I had low expectations. I expected it to be the usual dumb comedy fare. I was pleasantly delighted that instead I got a deadpan, engaging, smart and hilarious film, with action and adventure and a great cast. It was also the film that introduced me to the myriad pleasures of Steve Carell. One of my favourite comedies and such a pleasant surprise. Expand
  4. EricO.
    Jun 20, 2008
    8
    Great fun, light movie, good for a laugh... very good adaptation of the old show.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Jul 14, 2008
    8
    It was funny and very entertaining. The world is probably doomed if the secret agents work like that. The terrorist wouldn't really be It was funny and very entertaining. The world is probably doomed if the secret agents work like that. The terrorist wouldn't really be any better though. Expand
  6. AmyA.
    Nov 9, 2008
    6
    This movie had TONS of potential the cast was good but the set up of the entire movie was bad. and as someone said before me it was mostly This movie had TONS of potential the cast was good but the set up of the entire movie was bad. and as someone said before me it was mostly made up of bathroom and giggly sex jokes. It have had more jokes that went father then bathroom and sex ones. all in all it was not very good and very VERY predictable. Expand
  7. NinaS.
    Jul 6, 2008
    1
    One of the worst movies i have ever since. didn't laugh once.

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