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Wild Wild West (1999)

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20

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 84

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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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 22

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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Yet another TV series is revived for the big screen, as Will Smith and Kevin Kline join forces as James T. West and Artemus Gordon, the most sophisticated government agents of the 1860's, in the film adaptation of The Wild Wild West. West and Gordon represent two opposite ends of the personality scale: West is a smooth-talking charmer and man of action who prefers to shoot first and ask questions much, much later; while Gordon is intensely methodical and cerebral, with a genius for gadgets and

Nov 30, 1999

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Sonnenfeld's sardonic voice appears to have been trapped in the web of the giant iron spider that rampages through the last part of the film.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Some very talented people stub their collective toes quite elaborately and expensively in Wild Wild West.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Sonnenfeld's cheerful irreverence keeps it reasonable.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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This monument to the vacuous excesses of chequebook cinema highlights the desperation of those who throw money at the screen hoping it will buy them a blockbuster.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Smith's hip-hop aloofness and Kline's Master Thespian routines don't mesh.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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There are six writers and eight producers listed in the credits. Is it any wonder that it feels like an amalgamation of mismatched bits and pieces?

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As monoumentally stupid and aggressively anti-fun as the film's rancid reputation would have it be.

July 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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...a sporadically amusing yet disastrously overblown adaptation...

May 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Western action-comedy set in bordello; lots of gunfire.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A film where the concept came first and the script -- and everything else -- seems to have finished a poor second.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The most hollow of the recent Hollywood offerings.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

...has style to spare, a few laughs and some imaginative touches. Also like 'Avengers' it has stars who look like they'd rather be somewhere else, a lack of verve and a script that takes the long road to nowhere.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

This is not so much a review as an inquiry into memory, as I attempt to recover the one tiny redeeming virtue.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The film is lean, but not mean, and entertains, mostly, from beginning to end.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Terribly lame humour don't help.

August 13, 2004 Full Review
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I recommend you suspend any whiff of disbelief and enjoy Sonnenfeld's hammy sci-fi Western, set in the late 1860s.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

If every cloud has a silver lining, my lining is that my year-end worst list is one film closer to completion.

May 14, 2003 | Comment (1)
Palo Alto Weekly

The sheer fun generated by the characterizations will provide enough entertainment value for the average moviegoer.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

So we have a light comedy full of racial slurs and cripple jokes where the hero hunts down the mass-murderer who killed his parents.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Wild Wild West has six screenwriters and between them they couldn't come up with one good idea or one decent line of dialogue.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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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.
June 3, 2012
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Looks fun, but, Wild Wild West, is a pure crap.
September 25, 2011
Lucas Martins

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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.
September 4, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I used to love this movie when it came out and I still do. In film history, it stands as the most outrageous and flat out weird western to ever be made. It blends sci-fi/fantasy and Barry Sonnenfeld's weird sense of style in a way that probably no one was expecting. The spider machine of doom and Dr. Loveless are truly unforgettable. Kenneth Branagh's amazingly over-the-top performance is probably one of the greatest 90s villains of all time. Not only was he diabolical in a way that most can only dream, but he was also a true southern gentlemen. Bloodbath McGrath and Kevin Kline's tranny escapades are also staples of the time in movies where you could reach for the stars. Will Smith was strange because he wasn't of the time period at all, it was as if he was transported there by aliens and left to survive. You will truly never experience anything like it again. In terms of visuals, Wild Wild West is undeniably cool. Even people that hated the movie can't deny that it looked really good. Now I just don't think most people were ready for this sort of movie back when it came out and maybe still aren't. However, for the crowd that does get it, this is a true classic and one unique western.
May 29, 2011
ythelastman89

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    1. James T. West: I have a telegram for a Dr. Loveless. It's from his mother, Irene. She's telling him to come on home, stop all this foolishness.
    – Submitted by Nick S (10 months ago)
    1. James T. West: For four long years I've been chasing the animal responsible for the massacre at New Liberty. I'm here to tell that's you.
    2. Dr. Arliss Loveless: I am not an animal! I am a visionary, I am a genius, and now I am *angry*! And after I kill you, I swear I'm going to boil you down for axle grease!
    – Submitted by Leo L (2 years ago)
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