Wild Target Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2010
The film has to fly by its wits -- and its witty lines -- and by the charm of its stars. This it does, just barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 12, 2010
It's never a good idea to cast Bill Nighy as a buttoned-down hit man.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 1, 2010
Practically a text book in how ugly things can get when you don't have the right, light touch for this sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 29, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 29, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 29, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2010
Since irony is so often director Jonathan Lynn's weapon of choice, Wild Target should have been a good fit. It's not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 28, 2010
Wild Target takes aim at various styles and genres and misses the mark every time.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2010
A very French 1993 farce gets a less comfortable British redo in Wild Target, a hectic, charm-challenged comedy about a fussy bachelor hitman who can't bring himself to off a winsome thief.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 27, 2010
Nothing works.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 27, 2010
It's entertainment designed to resemble a good time without aspiring to provide one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
October 26, 2010
Wild Target is the kind of movie that actually uses that angry-cat-yowl sound. That is the kind of movie that Wild Target is.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 6, 2010
[An] unlovable, seldom funny Brit comedy.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Attractive and charismatic actors can do nothing to save a movie that's charmless, pointless and witless.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 16, 2010
Nothing feels like it's been properly thought through, highlighted by the fact that Nighy's 'super assassin' goes about his business by merely opening fire on a crowded market place (using a silencer, of course!).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5