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Wild Target (2010)

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32

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 36

An ineptly staged farce that dishonors the original film and squanders the comedic potential of its fine actors.

20

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 12

An ineptly staged farce that dishonors the original film and squanders the comedic potential of its fine actors.

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Movie Info

A gorgeous con artist sells a fake painting to a powerful gangster and discovers that crime doesn't pay when her unsatisfied customer hires Europe's top assassin to take her out. But the moment Victor (Bill Nighy) gets Rose (Emily Blunt) in his crosshairs, he hesitates. The situation grows tense when Victor vows to protect the sprightly scammer rather than rubbing her out, and finds himself the unwitting mentor to a young protégée. Before long, all three are on the run from Europe's second-best

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Lucinda Coxon

Feb 8, 2011

$0.1M

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (36) | DVD (4)

The film has to fly by its wits -- and its witty lines -- and by the charm of its stars. This it does, just barely.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's never a good idea to cast Bill Nighy as a buttoned-down hit man.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Practically a text book in how ugly things can get when you don't have the right, light touch for this sort of thing.

November 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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There have been a lot of black comedies about assassins lately -- there have been a few just this year -- but Wild Target may be the first one to contain genuine laughs.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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An eccentric little comic thriller filled with enough laughs that I was mostly willing to overlook the fact that it makes virtually no sense as a thriller.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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All of this busyness drains away the film's charm, turning what might have been a naughty and whimsical frolic into something glib, hectic and sour.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Two delightful stars nudge Wild Target into sleeper territory - but only by a few inches.

February 12, 2011 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

...mindless entertainment in a refined style.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

"Wild Target" bears all the hallmarks of [director Jonathan] Lynn's best films, despite being, even at a tidy 90 minutes, a bit too long.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: IFC.com
IFC.com

Wild Target is the sort of madcap comedy that breaks a sweat trying to generate a steady stream of laughs, but ... the film only works in fits and starts.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

"Wild Target" has fast, quippy dialogue and exactly the right actors to drive it home.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

When the various elements all fizzle, all we're left with is some likable actors trying their best to save a fading film.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Movies hardly ever make me laugh out loud, but this one did, more than once, with its unpredictable twists... and unexpected punchlines growing out of the deliciously twisted characters.

November 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Snappy, sarcastic, implausible caper that looses almost all momentum 1 hour in. Also, how do you feel about Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt making out? If you just threw up in your mouth a little, you might wanna avoid this.

November 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

Saucy, scattershot, screwball farce.

November 28, 2010 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

It all collapses inward, foundering on its own improbabilities.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Screenwriter Lucinda Coxon has clearly never met a corny complication she didn't like, and Wild Target becomes riddled with irksomely madcap happenings by the final act.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Rarely in a British comedy have so many richly talented actors laboured so long in search of a coherent plot, plausible characters and even a modicum of humour.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

If not better than the French original, this re-make is equally good and equally funny.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comment (1)
At the Movies (Australia)

The film is directed with a surprising lack of comic spark by Jonathan Lynn.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Bill Nighy nabs most of the laughs with his suave, sarcastic, sophisticated character.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

With an interesting premise and a capable cast, it's a shame the result is such a dead horse.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

In Anglicising director Pierre Salvadori's 1993 French original, Lynn and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon have created a rich, colourful and intricately mannered comedy, brought to life with wonderfully wry performances across the board.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The material is badly mishandled, with too little tension for it to grab us and too fractured comedy to make us laugh

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Wild Target

Bill Nighy can do no wrong, and Rupert Grint shows he can survive outside the HP franchise.
October 1, 2013
binky013

Super Reviewer

Started off okay and then went downhill fast. Was it meant to be funny? It wasn't. Stupid characters and boring storyline. The star is for Emily Blunt and her outfits.
I switched it off 40 minutes in. I get the impression she was heading for a romance with the 52 year old hitman, which gives me the creeps.
January 19, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

A hit man falls for his target, a charming kleptomaniac, and agrees to protect her from the mobster who hired him.
There isn't much to this film, but it's fun to watch Bill Nighy, who can make reading the phone book interesting. I also liked Martin Freeman who shows off a set of fake teeth like a badge of honor.
Overall, don't go to this film if you're seeking substance or good adventure sequences, but if you're a fan of Nighy, then you'll be relatively satisfied.
July 9, 2012
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Think 'A Fish Called Wanda' and 'Clockwise' and you have an idea of how this quirky little British film plays out. Bill Nighy is against cast as a ageing hitman who looks after his also ageing mother whilst doing his daily job of taking people out.

It sounds hilarious on paper and is a fun film, its just not quite as sharp as you might hope for. Nighy of course is the best thing in the film as the stiff upper lipped, tight assed gentleman hitman, a kind of 'Basil Fawlty' hitman who frowns upon anything modern or unusual in his world.

The rest of the cast are a jumbled mix of British character actors who add spice to the plot but not quite as much as Nighy. Freeman as the other hired assassin on the job is surprisingly eerie with his bleached teeth and slick hair, his partner in crime is Geoff Bell who always plays the scary hardman but parodies this beautifully here. Both are a great team up for this film and compliment Nighy so well, the other cast members do the job but nothing to rave about, Everett doesn't quite fit his role as head gangster if you ask me whilst Grint can't shake his 'Potter' background I'm afraid.

There isn't anything particularly original here, the hitman thing has been done to death but mixing it with an anal stuffy ageing British aristocratic business man type is a neat little idea. There isn't a great deal more on offer other than that small concept, the rest of the humour is average and the film does lull towards the end, the final idea of the two leads getting married and having a kid is rather icky frankly haha age gap much?

A nice entertaining black comedy which would have been perfect for John Cleese many years ago but Nighy is still good fare and still flies the flag for Britain just fine.
May 14, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

    1. Mother: A Barrette for your seventh birthday. A Barrette the pistol of princes. No boy could have assed for more.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Rose: This hideous old bat in a wheelchair, she just tried to kill me, she had a knife this big! I swear!
    2. Tony: It was horrible!
    3. Rose: It's true!
    4. Victor Maynard: Mother!
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Tony: [toMike] Sorry, I'm going to give it [the gun] to him. He's got a tie on.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Tony: [to Dixon] Sorry, I'm going yo give it [the gun] to him. He's got a tie on.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Ferguson: My dear, I'm not a gangster. But I was in real estate for twenty years. I stop at nothing.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Tony: Has anyone seen the cat?
    – Submitted by JJ S (24 months ago)
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