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Wagons East! Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
July 15, 2014
The jokes here sound a lot funnier than they play.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 22, 2013
[An] anemic Blazing Saddles-wannabe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 22, 2013
Awful. A candidate for one of the year's worst movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Wigler
Baltimore Sun
May 22, 2013
The jokes tend to be watered-down versions of the tasteless kind that enlivened the Naked Gun movies and the early films of Mel Brooks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 22, 2013
Although a comedy rife in lively characters, Wagons East! affords star John Candy one of the poorest, drabest, and thoroughly unfunniest roles of his career.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 22, 2013
A poorly focused and rhythmless collection of vignettes, Wagons East! does contain a few funny ideas and some decent performances that simply are not enough to rescue the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 22, 2013
A stridently unfunny western comedy that is equally lame in its writing and direction.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 22, 2013
There's little to praise in Peter Markle's handling of Matthew Carlson's heavy-handed screenplay.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 22, 2013
This forgettable comedy western is quite dreadful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 22, 2013
A wagon train of disgruntled pioneers returning to the East is the incidental setting for tired, adolescent humor in this ponderous and directionless comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 22, 2013
With credits that include such garbage as Hot Dog... The Movie, director and former hockey player Peter Markle displays an utter lack of comic sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 22, 2013
A sunshiney hodgepodge of bad jokes, nice scenery and reverse stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times
May 22, 2013
A typically rickety vehicle, just dumb enough that it actually submerges Candy's sweet, perky persona in what's basically a sullen, grizzled straight-man role.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 23, 2012
Everyone's creative burners were on low heat for this woeful outing.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
[A] broken-down nag of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D

Empire Magazine
August 3, 2009
In what purports to be a comedic spin on the wagon-train Western genre, John Candy is sadly almost unrecognisable with a scruffy beard and long hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The humour is sufficiently scattershot to hit the mark once or twice, but basically a no-brains comedy.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Much potential for comedy is lost, thanks to a weak script, desultory direction and indifferent performances.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Wagons East! has the distinction of being Candy's final film, and it is dedicated to his memory. That, unfortunately, is its only distinction.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A sad farewell for John Candy.
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