Wild Wild West (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Wild Wild West (1999)



Critic Consensus: Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script.

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Special government agent James West, long on charm and wit, and special government agent Artemus Gordon, a master of disguises and a brilliant inventor of gadgets large and small, are each sent to track down the diabolical genius Dr. Arliss Loveless. Loveless is plotting to assassinate the President of the United States with the aid of his monstrously huge walking weapon-transport vehicle called The Tarantula. West and Gordon begin as competitors but soon pool their talents to become a wily team of operatives who trust each other... most of the time.more
Rating: PG-13 (for action violence, sex references and innuendo)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Thomas, John Thomas, S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Will Smith
as James West
Kevin Kline
as Artemus Gordon/Presi...
Kenneth Branagh
as Dr. Arliss Loveless
Ted Levine
as General McGrath
Sofia Eng
as Miss Lippenreider
Ling Bai
as Miss East
Jerry Wills
as Other Reb
Buck Taylor
as Eye-Crossed Reb
Garcelle Beauvais
as Girl In Water Tower
E.J. Callahan
as Mr. Pinkerton
Debra Christofferson
as Dora Look-a-Like
Christian Aubert
as French Dignitary
Ian Abercrombie
as British Dignitary
Ismael 'East' Carlo
as Mexican Dignitary
Orestes Matacena
as Spanish Dignitary
Carlos Cervantes
as Guillermo Escobar
Gerry Potter
as George Washington
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Critic Reviews for Wild Wild West

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (39)

The movie is exhausting, utterly without feeling, and pointless -- though Smith looks great in his Western outfit.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

The result? A cautionary tale about boys and their toys and what happens when a star, Will Smith, and a director, Barry Sonnenfeld, are given way too much money to play with.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Top Critic

Wild, Wild West poses this not very pressing question: Can a comedy costing something north of $100 million hope to succeed solely on the basis of special effects, cross-dressing and a vertically challenged villain?

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

In the tradition of such unwatchable blockbusters as Armageddon, Con Air, and Godzilla comes Wild Wild West, yet another cinematic Spruce Goose that illustrates how bigger is rarely better.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Smith's abundant charm is squandered by making him play second fiddle to a bunch of dumb machines that look like rejected maquettes from a Star Wars brainstorming session.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

For maximum entertainment, a movie can't afford to waste so much time being its own carnival barker, relentlessly trying to drum up interest.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wild Wild West

As Ebert said, all concept and no content. Will Smith is just playing the fresh prince on the west. Kline and Branagh do what they can to save this thing, but it's not enough. Also, somebody remind me why Salma Hayek is consider an "A" list hollywood star when she can't act even one bit.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Looks fun, but, Wild Wild West, is a pure crap.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Wild Wild West is a very poorly executed action film. Barry Sonnenfeld only has one good film under his belt (Men in Black) and the rest are garbage, but Wild Wild West takes the cake as his worst yet. I've seen such an awful film. This film is so poorly crafted, that you wonder how this ever got the go ahead. Everything about this film is terrible. The acting, the story and directing. Sonnenfeld really isn't a good director, and he's made more bad films than good one. Wild Wild West is a strained film that tries too hard at delivering something to the audience. The only problem is, is that this film bores the viewer to death. I remember watching this film and it was very boring. The film is pure crap. What's surprising is the amount of good actors in this film, Ted Levine, Kenneth Branagh for one have impressive resumes. I wonder why these established and talented actors decided to star in this awful mess. This film insults the Western films of old, and makes a mockery of the genre. Maybe with a better script this film could've worked. It's like Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, no one thought that it would be good, but guess what? It was. This could have been a top notch action film with a different director and of course script, but scriptwriters to capture what was fun about the original Westerns of the 60's, and above all the TV show it was based on. This film is a waste of time, and an awful action film from a not so good director.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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