Wanted Reviews

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
July 6, 2010
Bekmambetov's movie evaporates pretty quickly after it's consumed.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 6, 2010
Wanted is too bloody, too over the top, too silly, and too special effects driven. It's also excessively entertaining and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 30, 2008
It's made for fans of films that really just want to see some great visuals, some amazing sequences and some terrific performances.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
June 27, 2008
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?
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 27, 2008
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.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 27, 2008
Directed at a pitch of gritty giddiness by the Kazakhstan-born Timur Bekmambetov, this hard-R splatter-fest about a team of sanctified assassins is also the summer's zazziest action movie.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
June 27, 2008
Director Timur Bekmambetov's gimmicks and the A-list cast sell the nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2008
Ultimately, watching Wanted feels like being privy to somebody else's unwholesome fantasy, one you'd rather not know about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 27, 2008
Wanted is fast-moving and bloody, enjoyable even within its unapologetically generic limits. But McAvoy is its real secret weapon.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 27, 2008
It's a goofy, giddy bit of escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 27, 2008
That Timur Bekmambetov's amped-up action flick Wanted makes absolutely no sense is entirely irrelevant. Your brain, in fact, can take a two-hour hiatus. But your adrenal glands will be working overtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 27, 2008
When the characters are on the run, Wanted can be a bloodthirsty crowdpleaser, a passable action flick to while away the summer hours. When they're explaining themselves, you almost wish they'd stuck to their original calling and made rugs, not war.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
Wanted's hyperkinetic antics are sometimes weighed down by a surfeit of adolescent misanthropy. But the adrenaline-overdose strategy works for viewers as well as hit men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 27, 2008
[Bekmambetov] hasn't just made a thriller with Wanted, he's redefined the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 27, 2008
It's a chance to watch a bullet explode from the forehead of a killer -- and an invitation to laugh at the spectacle. See what you do, then tell me who's sicker: Bekmambetov or us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 27, 2008
The film's high proficiency is at the service of a concept that can most accurately be defined as sadomasochistic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 27, 2008
Wanted is quite happy to judge a man by the size of his gun. The irony is that the biggest one here belongs to Jolie, and her Amazon smile indicates she knows exactly how nervous that makes the boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2008
Slams the pedal to the metal and never slows down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 27, 2008
Wanted manages to deliver what action fans crave while still maintaining a veneer of artfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 27, 2008
This is a blockbuster busting out of the block; this is a Hollywood staple served up on a European platter; this is summertime fare with a wintry verve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 27, 2008
Wanted shows life in the killing lane with lots of zippy effects, action and exploding heads.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 26, 2008
Wanted may be the most absolutely stone bonkers, crazy-good movie of the century. Or it may be a gargantuan piece of trash. Chances are it's a combination of the two. But man, does it rock.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 26, 2008
Before Wanted reaches the end of its wild course, the violence that's been nothing but oppressive becomes genuinely if perversely impressive.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2008
Wanted is an assaultive roller coaster of a movie that would be more fun if the violence weren't so nasty, and if the script made any sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 26, 2008
Wanted is kind of unintelligible and idiotic. Also kind of nasty and brutish. And also undeniably kind of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 26, 2008
It carries a bitter aftertaste, but by those low standards, it's a considerable success.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 26, 2008
Working a niche somewhere between the black comedy of Fight Club and the ultrafashionable mayhem of The Matrix, Wanted is an experience that's hard to defend as a whole but mesmerizing in a highway-accident rubbernecking kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 26, 2008
A one-word review of Wanted would be "Wow."
Full Review | Original Score: a-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2008
Timur Bekmambetov makes his U.S. debut with this big, cruel, stupid actioner about an office dweeb (James McAvoy) who gets recruited into an ancient cult of assassins.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 26, 2008
Wanted demands a high level of credulity, but in exchange it offers some rewards: improbable car-chases, gritty hand-to-hand combat and the sight of Angelina Jolie poured into her pants and packing a pistol.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 26, 2008
A genuine thrill ride that has the added bonus of being an action movie you don't have to turn your brain off to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 26, 2008
Wanted hurtles past our eyes and ears too fast to register as much more than a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 26, 2008
The thrilling stunts and hyperkinetic action scenes are the undisputed stars of this surprisingly entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 26, 2008
Jolie, thin as a wraith and as still as alabaster, reigns supreme as the queen of great screen objects, and Freeman has one of the film's funniest (if profane) lines.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2008
If you went for Sin City or Shoot 'Em Up, you'll probably enjoy Wanted. I like my trash with a little less fetishism when it comes to instruments of slaughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/2
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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 26, 2008
This is cinema for people who slow down at car wrecks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 25, 2008
It's trash, but I love it anyway.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 25, 2008
Sure, you've seen plenty of this type of amped-up nonsense before... That doesn't make Wanted any less enjoyable.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 24, 2008
As the body count rises, so does the portentous tone, and the relentlessness of Bekmambetov's overamped style becomes oppressive.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 23, 2008
What looks set to be a boyish, pop-eyed fantasy warps into a welter of bloodletting.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 23, 2008
Wanted has the kind of irresistible summer-movie allure that makes studio executives drool in anticipation. Even its title must swim before their eyes and transform into 'Want-to-See'.
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
June 20, 2008
Angelina's first line in the movie is "You apologize too much." The movie itself never does
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2008
This over-the-top, ultraviolent, hyperkinetic action thriller pretty much has it all.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 20, 2008
Like it or not, Wanted pretty much slams you to the back of your chair from the outset and scarcely lets up for the duration.