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06/27/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Get Smart" Movie Reviews: It's Nothing To Phone Home About

"Get Smart" opens Friday, and the critics have weighed in. The movie is a big-screen adaptation of a classic 1960s TV show about a secret agent named Maxwell Smart, who's anything but. Steve Carell is the lead, with Anne Hathaway and Duane "The Rock" Johnson as sidekicks. So far, it's gotten mixed reviews. Here's a roundup of what some of the critics are saying.

The Hollywood Reporter has a not nice "Get Smart" movie review:

"Get Smart" the movie has precious little to do with "Get Smart" the iconic TV series from the 1960s, but then again the movie has precious little to do with screen comedy, either.

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.

Here's a bite of the negative "Get Smart" movie review from Newsweek:

Maxwell Smart, the clueless, bumbling secret agent created by Don Adams in the popular '60s TV series "Get Smart," has gotten a major I.Q. boost in the Steve Carell movie version. This is not a smart move.

This is the ho-hum"Get Smart" movie review in USA Today:

This is a film that is keenly aware of its impending summer blockbuster status. And with that in mind, it can't decide whether it wants to be a thrilling action movie or a quirky comic spoof. The elements seem in conflict, rather than seamlessly blended.

The NY Post Get Smart review was a decent 2.5 stars:

It's actually pretty funny (if overlong and overproduced)... "Get Smart" avoids the fate of such duds as "I Spy," "The Mod Squad," "The Avengers" and "Starsky & Hutch" through its genius casting of Carell.

From TimeOut New York's "Get Smart" movie review, a mixed opinion:

Director Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Anger Management) displays his usual middling feel for comedy, flatly presenting gags that seem as though more humor could be wrung out of them. The only real fun is watching old pros like Arkin (as the Chief) and Stamp (as evil Siegfried) sell material that doesn't deserve the love they give it. There's nothing terribly wrong here, but there's nothing terribly right, either. Missed it by that much.

A final "Get Smart" movie review, care of Roger Ebert was the nicest:

"Get Smart" is an A-level production, not a cheapo ripoff, and some of the chase sequences are among the most elaborate you can imagine.

Variety's "Get Smart" movie review jokes "it's nothing you want to take off your shoe and call home about" and the "Get Smart" movie reviews in Rotten Tomatoes are averaging a middling 53%.

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