Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 41
  2. Negative: 5 out of 41
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  1. A kicky, twisted thrill ride, with enough laughs to leaven what can be read, at heart, as a metaphor for the modern marriage.
  2. Expertly tossing off the type of well-sharpened banter that was the domain of Gable and Lombard and Tracy and Hepburn, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie -- no matter what their off-camera status -- make one swell combative couple.
  3. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    A full-on action flick, subversive rom-com and weapons-grade star vehicle that’s drenched in Tinseltown glitz, from a director who knows how to put the money on the screen while his tongue’s firmly in his cheek.
  4. A cool summer thriller whose laughs don't slow down the suspense.
  5. 80
    Plays like an old-fashioned romantic comedy with updated hardware.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jolie and Pitt project more than just body heat. They convey a multi-faceted attraction, toss off clever repartee and dazzle audiences with their seemingly natural connection. And that's worth watching.
  7. The screen smokes with sexual heat. But what's really erotic is how much fun the actors seem to be having.
  8. 75
    What makes the movie work is that Pitt and Jolie have fun together on the screen, and they're able to find a rhythm that allows them to be understated and amused even during the most alarming developments.
  9. Alas, around about the third act, the idea grows tired and the whole thing gets derailed. Too bad, because it's a good ride until it isn't.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Features some of the best fight and chase footage you'll see all summer.
  11. In the end, star charisma and Liman's style win us over and we relax into a sophisticated summertime diversion that is noticeably intended for adults.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    There's a car chase that's more fluid and inventive than the much-touted freeway sequence in "The Matrix Reloaded," and the stars are nimble enough to make their acrobatics credible--no matter how many stunt doubles the picture employed.
  13. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    As he proved with "The Bourne Identity," director Doug Liman can devise an enjoyable little action movie.
  14. 70
    Some people will see Mr. and Mrs. Smith as cynical, but I think its heart is deeply romantic, admittedly in an anvil-on-the-head kind of way. It's a love story not for the faint of heart. In other words, it's a lot like marriage.
  15. The fact that Pitt and Jolie have not been associated with this type of action is something of a help, but what was needed was the off-balance tickle that--to fantasize--Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell would have given it.
  16. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Imagine "The War of the Roses" remade as a James Bond fantasy, with appropriately high-tech weaponry, and you have some idea of what Doug Liman's heavily armed comedy has in store.
  17. 70
    A tongue-in-cheek allegory on the hazards of harboring secrets in a relationship, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is most entertaining when the Smiths are hell-bent on mutual annihilation.
  18. 70
    Here is "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" inflated to lethal proportion, or "The War of the Roses" reimagined as World War III.
  19. For all the nimbleness of its first half and the chemical zing of Pitt and Jolie, the film devolves into a fractious and explosive mess, hitting the same note of ''ironic'' violence over and over.
  20. Mr. & Mrs. Smith kicks off with panache and star power - and quickly wears out its welcome.
  21. 63
    The problem with Mr. and Mrs. Smith is that it's really two movies in one. The first is a sly comedy/thriller worthy of Hitchcock, and the other is a big, noisy summer action flick.
  22. The movie reminded me of a relatively new product, the little translucent wafer that you put on your tongue to freshen your breath. One hit of intense flavor and the thing dissolves without a trace.
  23. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An exhaustingly elaborate romantic fantasy actioner.
  24. 58
    If the two most gorgeous people in the world alternately bantering and making out isn't enough to compel the attention of the average American moviegoer, then we are truly doomed.
  25. Pitt coasts through the movie in second gear. I have no idea what he's trying to accomplish with his tight-lipped, low-key performance; maybe he's angling to replace Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible IV."
  26. 50
    It's a perfect role for Jolie, whose seductive looks always seem to be concealing something dangerous, even predatory, and she brings out a looseness in Pitt, who fares much better in comedic roles than when playing things straight and stoic (i.e. Troy).
  27. 50
    Only Vince Vaughn registers hilariously as John's boss.
  28. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    An action comedy for suburban women that's as toothless as a newborn, and nearly as stupid. It tries so hard to be cute that it practically drools on your shoulder.
  29. 50
    Maybe my priorities are wrong, but this inquiring mind wants to know when these two will find a movie entirely worthy of his understatement and her naughtiness. This one has its moments, but it's also littered with action-flick junk.
  30. 50
    By the time the film winds itself up, the sophisticated fizz of its first 45 minutes has been smothered by explosive bombast.
  31. Uneven, ineffective mash-up of sex comedy and artillery-heavy action.
  32. 50
    Jolie has a gangly inelegance that suggests a giraffe trying to hang wallpaper -- but the entire movie is predicated on a spark between its prettier-than-thou stars that seems to have bypassed the screen and ignited in the tabloids instead.
  33. This romantic-comedy action movie is a fizzle.
  34. What counts in a movie like this are stars so dazzling that we won't really notice or at least mind the cut-rate writing and occasionally incoherent action. Sometimes Mr. Pitt and Ms. Jolie succeed in their mutual role as sucker bait, sometimes they don't, which is why their new joint venture is alternately a goof and a drag.
  35. 40
    To watch Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which continually sacrifices its potential for sophisticated fun on the altar of style and physical stunts, is to realize how far we've come from the great movies of, say, George Cukor or Howard Hawks.
  36. 40
    The movie is a technological and publicity triumph, and a calamity in every other way.
  37. 38
    It's hard to know what these stars are ready for after this fiasco. Maybe a fitness video.
  38. A deeply stupid and offensive action comedy-romance.
  39. The movie is a mish-mash of action-adventure clichés, book-ended with lame attempts at psychological interest. Written, directed, and acted with ham-fisted heaviness.
  40. It may be emblematic of new-millennium Hollywood that this movie has turned out to be one more emotionless, brainless, overproduced action film.
  41. The film is glossy, but awful. Frenetic, but awful. Expensive, but awful. ... And awful.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 378 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 176
  2. Negative: 64 out of 176
  1. Jan 17, 2011
    This movie isn't going to change your life but that wasn't it's purpose. Sit back and watch two actors at the height of their powers have someThis movie isn't going to change your life but that wasn't it's purpose. Sit back and watch two actors at the height of their powers have some fun, blow off some steam and bring us along for the ride. A movie with the rare gift of allowing multiple viewings without a thought of boredom creeping in (see also MI3). A classic in the vein of 1950s comedies/action pictures. ENJOY Full Review »
  2. Aug 31, 2010
    This movie is a great action flick that is also funny. It actually shows real chemistry between the two throughout the movie, you really getThis movie is a great action flick that is also funny. It actually shows real chemistry between the two throughout the movie, you really get the feel of how those two are around each other. Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2012
    i think it a great achievement for a film if it's equally much fun to see the characters talk to one another and shoot one another. screenplayi think it a great achievement for a film if it's equally much fun to see the characters talk to one another and shoot one another. screenplay is one of the best i've seen in a long time, and you can teach a class on the mixing of action and romance. Full Review »