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Detroit Free Press:
Who knows what went on behind the screen between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, but what's on the screen is extremely entertaining.
There's no real kick to all the wanton destruction, no sense of real thrill or peril, because the movie, which was written by Simon Kinberg (and rewritten, and then rewritten some more during production) chickens out.
Essentially, Mr. & Mrs. Smith exists for the purpose of showing off the gorgeous faces and physiques of its two stars, and for giving its audience the dubious pleasure of watching them beat each other up.
New York Post:
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is an action comedy for suburban women that's as toothless as a newborn, and nearly as stupid.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie look like they had a terrific time making Mr. and Mrs. Smith -- but I certainly didn't have a good time watching it. Neither, I suspect, will many of you.
What sounds in principle like a pitch for a TV pilot instead plays like an old-fashioned romantic comedy with updated hardware.
Los Angeles Times:
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.
The studio must have reasoned that Jolie and Brad Pitt are movie stars, so anything they do would be seen as fun and attractive -- and what could be more fun and attractive than their trying to kill each other and just about everybody else in the movie?
A cute little romantic comedy buried under enough overblown action, gaudy firepower and special effects to fill a Jerry Bruckheimer picture.
A tart, tasty, occasionally overly brutal parable about modern marriage wrapped in an action flick.
The movie revels in its bemused overkill, which is fun for a while before it grows wearisome, but there's no denying that the mutual hostility looks good on the two stars.
The movie betrays its stars' allure by piling on the property damage and gratuitous slaughter.
Their much-hyped kiss-kiss, bang-bang movie is an expensive time-waster, full of slow-motion explosions and big-scene payoffs that turn out to be duds.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie hardly qualify as a latter-day William Powell and Myrna Loy, but they handle the Nick and Nora Charles-style zingers with enough snap that you can generally tell they're zingers.
New York Daily News:
A rousing, sexy romantic comedy about a pair of undercover assassins who spice up their marriage when they get in each other's cross hairs.
New York Times:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star as married assassins who try to kill each other in a genre hybrid that combines comedy and action to awkward effect.
New York Observer:
Have we lost our minds and souls so completely to celebrity worship that drivel like Mr. and Mrs. Smith can thrive and prosper?
The problem with Mr. and Mrs. Smith is that it's really two movies in one.
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.
It's a love story not for the faint of heart. In other words, it's a lot like marriage.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
While the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars' thermonuclear screen chemistry.
Globe and Mail:
Mr. & Mrs. Smith proves that what seemed to be a darkly funny primer on the state of marriage is really a romantic comedy in disguise.
The couple's dark, deadpan banter is amusing, particularly during a car chase in which they rapidly exchange some home truths. But there's a coldness to their characters that is never resolved.
Mr.& Mrs. Smith offers a witty look at matrimony and its day-to-day tribulations.
The sheer weight and volume of mayhem toward the end is numbing and meaningless, and two hours is a good 25 minutes more than such a frail conceit can sustain.
A braver movie would have seen the couple's standoff through to its logical conclusion -- the eventual insistence on happily ever after seems more than a little weaselly.
A kicky, twisted thrill ride, with enough laughs to leaven what can be read, at heart, as a metaphor for the modern marriage.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith will prove a long, hard slog for filmgoers who don't think that simply gazing at Pitt and Jolie constitutes a fun night out.