I will say, Malcolm was probably one of the least likable main characters of any sitcom that I really enjoyed. He’s still likable, but ironically many of the other characters outshine him.
The middle child of my family was the one who tormented me so I was never really sympathetic with Malcolm‘s middle child issues. He often does the same terrible stuff as Reese did.
He was definitely smarter than Reese, and a little smarter than Francis.
But he had severe emotional and moral downfalls. You would think a kid that smart wouldn’t know how to do the right thing.