Wanted (2008)



Critic Consensus: Wanted is stylish, energetic popcorn fare with witty performances from Angelina Jolie (playing an expert assassin), James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman that help to distract from its absurdly over-the-top plot.

Movie Info

Wesley's (James McAvoy) life is over - his pathetic old one, anyway... Fortunately, it is all because of a girl. Enter sizzling-hot Fox (Angelina Jolie), who crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins, led by the enigmatic Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Seems Wes's long-lost father was killed while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been selected to target the rogue member who murdered him. But before he can complete his assignment, Wes must first … More

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Millar, J.G. Jones, Chris Morgan, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2008
Box Office: $134.3M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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as The Exterminator

as The Butcher

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as The Pharmacist

as Co-Worker

as Check-Out Girl

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Critic Reviews for Wanted

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (45)

Bekmambetov's movie evaporates pretty quickly after it's consumed.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Wanted is too bloody, too over the top, too silly, and too special effects driven. It's also excessively entertaining and fun.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

All it needs is the car chase, the train crash and the final shootout and I'd be happy.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

For non-discerning action fans looking to satisfy your adrenaline rush, you can add this film to your most wanted list.

Full Review… | August 17, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

In normal cinematic terms, it could easily be dismissed as gun porn, boyish nonsense or action overkill. Fact is, in the realms of badass cinema, Wanted is damn near untouchable.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

The movie never convincingly sells us on its tone, and setting.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Wanted


I liked the over top feel of this movie. Was it good? I dont know. Fun? Yes. Tons of great effects made for a very fun 2 hours.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This is, like, the only miss out of several hits in James McAvoy's 2000s career. I understand casting an actor of uncommon quality to portray the physical and emotional anxiety of pre-transformation Wesley, but the post-transformation characterization is somewhat pedestrian and wasted on McAvoy, and he kinda knew it, so he really phoned in that awful accent. Couldn't something have been done? The story is oddly slow with too much revenge masquerading as redemption, and Angie is just a one-note badass. Oh well.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


The premise is ridiculous as are the action sequences. But what else can you expect from a mindless action summer popcorn movie?

Also, why not make the main character British or Scottish instead of enduring McAvoy's shoddy American accent?

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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