User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 234 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 234
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  1. DanielP
    Jun 28, 2008
    1
    Absolutely horrible. If your IQ is under 75, you may enjoy this movie. Otherwise, please do not watch this.
  2. MikeJ
    Apr 12, 2009
    3
    Great actors, wasted on an aimless script and flimsy plot. What's more, the entire thing lacks any of the charm, wit, and unbridled silliness of the original TV show. In fact, the humor is downright dark. I would've settled for a half-baked throwback than this overcooked clinker.
  3. JackF.
    Jun 20, 2008
    3
    The new Maxwell Smart should have taken a clue from old Max. Steve Carell's comic talent doesn't fit. The pieces from the classic 1960 TV show are there. Not much more. This spoof action comedy is exaggerated, foolish and poorly adapted from the original. There are very few laughs. Anne Hathaway playing a sexy athletic leggy Agent 99 is about the only boost. Alan Arkin is The new Maxwell Smart should have taken a clue from old Max. Steve Carell's comic talent doesn't fit. The pieces from the classic 1960 TV show are there. Not much more. This spoof action comedy is exaggerated, foolish and poorly adapted from the original. There are very few laughs. Anne Hathaway playing a sexy athletic leggy Agent 99 is about the only boost. Alan Arkin is wasted. And could have done without the Rock. Carell is too charming and lacks the right convincing sound. Expand
  4. boba
    Jun 20, 2008
    3
    WHAT A WASTE! My G-d! Steve carrell is still the man but the script, direction and tone were an unbelievable disappointment.
  5. bash
    Jun 20, 2008
    3
    Utterly dull and completely humor free. Just a terrible shame the script was so off key and the direction was lame. Save your money.
  6. MLee
    Jun 20, 2008
    2
    This movie is HORRIBLE. 90% of all the good parts are in the commercials and trailers. They even showed clips for Get Smart in the First Look before the movie even came on. Outside of what you see in the trailer, just isn't funny. This movie is a stone cold MESS
  7. NinaS.
    Jul 6, 2008
    1
    One of the worst movies i have ever since. didn't laugh once.
  8. BrandonS.
    Jun 21, 2008
    2
    Basically, this film pisses on the memory of the original, infinitely superior television show.
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    40
    In this distressingly generic spy spoof, it's not Maxwell who's clueless, but the filmmakers.
  2. This is a slap-dash effort whose producers threw money and stunts onscreen instead of the satirical gags and one-liners that made the old spy spoof so memorable.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    50
    Helmer Peter Segal's formulaic takeoff is neither fish nor fowl, not quite faithful to the show, but not quite bringing it into the 21st century either.