Opening Today: Get Smart

Get Smart 

GET SMART – the feature film version of the old TV spy comedy – hits screens today. The initial critical reaction is lukewarm. A survey of 72 reviews at Rotten Tomatoes yields a 53% rating (38 fresh reviews versus 24 rotten). Some typical responses

“Get Smart has it all – the Cone of Silence, the shoe phone, the familiar one-liners. But the re-imagined Maxwell Smart isn’t nearly as funny as the original.” – Washington Times

“Get Smartfeatures near-perfect casting with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, and it largely captures the spirit of the original show. But it’s just not funny.” – Christianity Today

Roger Ebert, on the other hand, is quite enthusiastic for the film: 

…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.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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