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The Whole Nine Yards (2000)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 100
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 55

Despite a charming cast, The Whole Nine Yards could only tickle half of the critics' funny bones. The other half thought it an underwelming, depressing sitcom.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 16

Despite a charming cast, The Whole Nine Yards could only tickle half of the critics' funny bones. The other half thought it an underwelming, depressing sitcom.



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In this black comedy, a criminal discovers a market for murder in the suburbs. After doing time in prison, mobster Jimmy the Tulip (Bruce Willis) moves to a suburban neighborhood. But Jimmy's new neighbors (Rosanna Arquette and Matthew Perry) soon figure out who he is. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi



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Jul 18, 2000


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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (55) | DVD (22)

Director Jonathan Lynn keeps a loose rein on the nuttiness but never lets it get out of bounds and maintains the film's comic buoyancy throughout.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
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A subtle but unmistakable aura of jolliness sneaks from the screen during The Whole Nine Yards.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Director Jonathan Lynn keeps the comedy rolling smoothly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Some very funny moments, but not for kids.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

There are a number of genuinely clever twists and ideas that it's unfortunate that someone decided to muck it up with cheap slapstick.

January 3, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Comes as close as a movie can to being a successful comedy without making it.

April 6, 2004 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Matthew Perry acaba revelando-se um protagonista carismático e divertido.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Features some of the best physical comedy in years, courtesy of Matthew Perry.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Perry saves the day with his inspired fish-out-of-water silliness.

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The film is funny in a crass way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Nothing more than standard lowbrow fare featuring a little bathroom humor, lots of pratfalls, and an awfully silly army of hackneyed bumblers, plotters, wimps and Jezebels.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The infrequent laughs are forced, and the movie feels as stale as a month-old focaccia.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Perry makes the slapstick humor work with a limber body and good timing, but he can't do much with the stale jokes.

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

Uun ejemplo más de que en Hollywood siguen haciendo falta las buenas ideas y, sobretodo, quien las lleve a cabo

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Moviola

There's precious little that's funny about [Perry's] frantic stab at farce--and, since that's the primary commodity of The Whole Nine Yards, it makes a long haul.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It starts much too slowly, and there are some unfortunate R-rated tendencies that seem excessive, in spite of the already dark material.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

I would crawl the whole nine yards over broken glass to get away from ever having to see this picture again.

January 1, 2000
Planet Sick-Boy

If Willis gives you the willies, just say no.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for The Whole Nine Yards

The Whole Nine Yards should have been a far better than what we got. The ingredients were here, but the script lacked to really make it a worthwhile comedy. Some part were funny, but most of the time, the film failed to really take off and be something memorable for film fans. The material was quite interesting, but it should have been reworked to really make it a standout film. I really wanted to enjoy this, but I was disappointed with the result we got. Some parts are funny, but most of the time, the gags falls flat, and halfway through the film, everything just falls apart. I had heard some good things about this one, but overall it fails and it has minimal laughs. This could have been something great given a rewrite or two, but the plot ends up being tiresome and tedious with no sense of how it should conclude in an effective way. Luckily Bruce Willis was interesting in his role, unfortunately the script just didn't deliver on its ideas, and it ended up being a forgettable film not worth your time. This should have been good, but it starts off good, but ends up being a failure. This was a dull film to watch, and it just ended up being a missed opportunity to making something truly worthwhile. I think they had all the necessary ingredients to make this a great comedy, but a few things seemed out of place to really make it stick out a truly funny film the way it should have been. Don't watch this one, you'd be better off watching something else in terms of comedy and The Whole Nine Yards is a bland film definitely not worth your time.
July 26, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Great cast. Matthew Perry is very funny in this black comedy about a dentist whose wife hires a hit man to kill him. He gots caught up in mob contract killings.
September 16, 2012
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Funny, well though out, and great casting. Worth watching overall.
August 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

10/06/2010 (DVD)

Its seriously not serious, the type of flick that "takes a piss" out of "taking a piss", seriously.

Quite an intelligent style of comedy with awkward situations that add to the twists that keep it interesting and amusing.

Although it's so predictable, its still fun to see what happens next and even though I may not watch this again, I did laugh so it's not a bad watch for my personal taste.
June 11, 2010

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    1. Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski: Every red-blooded American knows that the only condiment you are ever supposed to put on a hamburger is ketchup!
    – Submitted by Dann M (17 months ago)
    1. Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski: It's not important how many people I've killed, what's important is how I get along with the people that are still alive.
    – Submitted by Dann M (17 months ago)
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