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Wanted (2008)


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 200
Fresh: 142
Rotten: 58

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 32
Rotten: 14

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 1,543,898


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

R (for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Brandt , Derek Haas , Chris Morgan
In Theaters:
Dec 2, 2008
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Wanted

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (142) | Rotten (58) | DVD (19)

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

It's made for fans of films that really just want to see some great visuals, some amazing sequences and some terrific performances.

June 30, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A 12-armed heavy-metal drummer of a movie, kicking and flailing through two hours of impossible. The car chase of the year.

Full Review… | June 28, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

I've watched a movie that, while fiercely entertaining, made me fear for the emotional health of my gender. You have a problem with that?

Full Review… | June 27, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

If the graphic-novel-style hyperviolence of Sin City or 300 is your thing, go ahead and knock yourself out. Or let Angelina do it for you ... It feels so much nicer that way.

Full Review… | June 27, 2008
Top Critic

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
Shared Darkness

Wanted never takes itself too seriously and is fully aware of its frailties. This is fast and furious popcorn munching fodder, which doesn't waste time dabbling in meaningful theorising or contemplation.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

A movie so shamelessly derivative of so many other movies that it ought to have a work-cited page at the start of the closing credits.

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
Film Threat

Few films have accepted the role of Matrix knockoff with such gusto as Wanted; indeed, at times it's almost impossible to distinguish the two.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

kombinacijom strip-akcije i koliko-toliko realnog lika vi%u0161e nego zadovoljava kriterije neobavezne ljetne zabave

Full Review… | July 15, 2009 entirely ineffectual actioner that suffers from many of the same problems that one now associates with the genre.

Full Review… | July 9, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

[It] lacks zing, but McAvoy (Atonement) handles his action-hero stint admirably.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Then there's ADD megatard Timur Bekmabetov's deeply stupid Wanted, coming along to confirm that his deeply stupid Night Watch and Day Watch were no accident

Full Review… | February 18, 2009
Film Freak Central

A version of The Matrix that didn't bother to construct a thoughtful mythology for its universe, and a version of Shoot 'Em Up that plays it too straight.

Full Review… | February 9, 2009
Window to the Movies

Agreeably slick pop nihilism, getting a kick out of its own excesses.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009

This is an exciting flick, and it helped secure a place in the cinemas for R-rated action films.

Full Review… | January 15, 2009
7M Pictures

Maximum violence and minimum plot are the formula.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

Initially promises to challenge the heroism of blindly following your destiny, yet instead descends into an unsatisfactory blur of curving bullets and splattered bodies.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

A fast-paced, in-your-face cartoon come to life.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Alas, the Russian filmmaker can only do so much with his American debut's stale premise and lazy plot.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Kudos to graphic novelists Mark Millar and J.G. Jones for coming up with this fun and electric idea in the first place and here's hoping that they can create an ongoing cool environment in which these groovy characters can excel.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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


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


Wanted is superb all in due to its nonstop action sequences, vivid violent nature and ensemble (Jolie, McAvoy, Freeman). The film may not be a satisfying plot, but it does well with the humor, excitement and eventual twists throughout. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


This is an action movie about a group of assassins. Interesting plot. Great cast. James' American accent takes a while to get used to. The scenes with his overbearing boss were very funny. The train crash scene had great effects. However, the loom, curved bullets and healing baths were very far fetched.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Wanted Quotes

Kill that motherfucker.
– Submitted by Matthew B (2 months ago)
Wes Gibson:
This is me taking control ? from Sloan, from the Fraternity, from Janice, from billing reports, from ergonomic keyboards, from cheating girlfriends and sack-of-shit best-friends. This is me taking back control of my life. What the fuck have you done lately?
– Submitted by Tom C (22 months ago)
Welcome... to the Fraternity. This gun you're holding belonged to your father; he could conduct a symphony orchestra with it.
– Submitted by Nick S (22 months ago)
Mr. X:
Never send sheep to kill a wolf.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Wes Gibson:
[to Sloan] Do you make sweaters, or do you kill people?
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Jesus H Fucking popsicle I still don't have my billing reports. But you've got time to sit here and Google you're ass off. And if I know one thing, you've got you're review next week. And I can't wait to start checking me off some big fucking boxes. Attitude, poor. Performance, poor. Management skills, poor. Works well with others? Ha! Thats a fucking joke. What is this bullshit? Who's this prick? Some loser gets head blown off at Metropolitan?
Wes Gibson:
– Submitted by William C (2 years ago)

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