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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: 75 out of 94
  2. Negative: 8 out of 94
  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. AronJ.
    Dec 1, 2008
    9
    This movie is nothing short of fun, and hilarious. Carrell at this best. The actors clicked, the story made sense, and a very well directed movie.
  4. BenS.
    Jun 20, 2008
    8
    "Get Smart" did a wonderful job of both staying true to the original series, and bringing it into the 21st century. The direction was well "Get Smart" did a wonderful job of both staying true to the original series, and bringing it into the 21st century. The direction was well done and Steve Carrel was a great Maxwell Smart. Expand
  5. JonathanL.
    Jul 7, 2008
    8
    It has been a few years since I have seen a comedy movie that had me laughing as often and as hard as Get Smart. The cast of Get Smart prove It has been a few years since I have seen a comedy movie that had me laughing as often and as hard as Get Smart. The cast of Get Smart prove to be a huge asset in this James Bond type secret agent comedy. If you enjoyed Dumb and Dumber and other easy going comedies from the 80's and 90's, this movie will knock your socks off. Expand
  6. JayH.
    Oct 26, 2008
    6
    Entertaining, but I must say I was disappointed and hoped it would capture the essense of the original TV series more than it did. Anne Entertaining, but I must say I was disappointed and hoped it would capture the essense of the original TV series more than it did. Anne Hathaway si good, but Steve Carell was unimpressive. Expand
  7. NinaS.
    Jul 6, 2008
    1
    One of the worst movies i have ever since. didn't laugh once.

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