A Fish Called Wanda Reviews

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 30, 2013
A Fish Called Wanda is vintage black comedy, British-style -- a cruel, dastardly, down-and-dirty jewel-robbery romp that pits thief against thief, while entangling an innocent bystander in the web of greed, romance and decidedly cockeyed high jinks.
James White
Total Film
July 30, 2013
Cleese's cracking script gives it a solid foundation, but it's the supporting cast who make this movie wanda-ful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Travers
People Magazine
July 30, 2013
Putting heart and heat into a film that could have easily slid by on silliness, Cleese proves himself a master actor.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2013
Perhaps the most unusual aspect of what is surely the year's most original and daring comedy is that John Cleese is not the funniest performer in it. Believe it or not, that honor goes to none other than the usually somber Kevin Kline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
July 30, 2013
As in most of his Python parts... Cleese's character is an extended riff on the concept of pomposity. But Archie is more leavened with humanity than any of his other roles.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
This hilarious tale of criminal incompetence and transatlantic eccentricity is easily John Cleese's finest achievement since Fawlty Towers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Somehow, the movie manages to do the impossible: It makes John Cleese less than hilarious.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2013
Low comedy at high speed, it pretends to be a caper movie about a smooth London jewel heist and its infinitely complex aftermath. Actually, it's a smart farce about ingrained cultural differences.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2013
There are a few hilarious moments, and a few more that are foolish and even disgusting.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
The movie's basic joke holds that the overbearing, unselfconscious Americans will do anything and say anything (and usually as loudly as possible), while the timorous British are nearly too polite to breathe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
July 12, 2013
A Fish Called Wanda is at its most electric when it pits Cleese and Kline against each other.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 17, 2012
Kevin Kline won the Supporting Actor Oscar for this funny and enjoyable farce, based on original script by John Cleese and Charles Crichton
Full Review | Original Score: B
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Crime caper with a wicked edge. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 8, 2010
Wacky farcical entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Film4
April 27, 2009
It's a comedy classic.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 27, 2009
Wanda defies gravity, in both senses of the word, and redefines a great comic tradition.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 27, 2009
Although filled with clever twists and double-crosses, the film's storyline is less important than the opportunities it gives the actors to exploit their goofy characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2009
Like many of the best English comedies, much of the humor here is based on character, good-natured high spirits, and fairly uninhibited vulgarity.
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 18, 2008
Though it is less tasteless, irreverent and satirical than the Python pics, film still is wacky and occasionally outrageous in its own, distinctly British way.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
February 6, 2007
This fish is swimming with laugh-out-loud moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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