Critic Consensus: Wanted is stylish, energetic popcorn fare with witty performances from Angelina Jolie (playing an expert assassin), James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman that help to distract from its absurdly over-the-top plot.
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Critic Reviews for Wanted
Bekmambetov's movie evaporates pretty quickly after it's consumed.
Wanted is too bloody, too over the top, too silly, and too special effects driven. It's also excessively entertaining and fun.
It's made for fans of films that really just want to see some great visuals, some amazing sequences and some terrific performances.
A 12-armed heavy-metal drummer of a movie, kicking and flailing through two hours of impossible. The car chase of the year.
Audience Reviews for Wanted
The exhilarating plot cleverly modernizes the Greek Fates myth into a top-notch, action-packed film that defies the laws of Physics with a lot of class, a stylish direction, great performances and full-throttle energy to deliver something truly unique.
This is, like, the only miss out of several hits in James McAvoy's 2000s career. I understand casting an actor of uncommon quality to portray the physical and emotional anxiety of pre-transformation Wesley, but the post-transformation characterization is somewhat pedestrian and wasted on McAvoy, and he kinda knew it, so he really phoned in that awful accent. Couldn't something have been done? The story is oddly slow with too much revenge masquerading as redemption, and Angie is just a one-note badass. Oh well.
The premise is ridiculous as are the action sequences. But what else can you expect from a mindless action summer popcorn movie? Also, why not make the main character British or Scottish instead of enduring McAvoy's shoddy American accent?
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