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Wanted Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 26, 2008
Empty and condescending and superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 26, 2008
Wanted hurtles past our eyes and ears too fast to register as much more than a video game.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
July 22, 2008
Never has a mainstream movie made more of a fetish from splattered brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2008
If you went for Sin City or Shoot 'Em Up, you'll probably enjoy Wanted. I like my trash with a little less fetishism when it comes to instruments of slaughter.
Read More | Original Score: 2/2
June 27, 2008
It could have been worse--in the original graphic novel, the authors created a villain fashioned solely out of fecal products. Even sans Mr. Stool Head, this project stinks to high heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 27, 2008
It's a chance to watch a bullet explode from the forehead of a killer -- and an invitation to laugh at the spectacle. See what you do, then tell me who's sicker: Bekmambetov or us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
[It] lacks zing, but McAvoy (Atonement) handles his action-hero stint admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 29, 2008
For any red-blooded, alpha male who loves to masturbate while armed - this is your movie
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 30, 2008
Despite the foreknowledge provided by advertisements, Morgan Freeman's appearance is almost surprising because Wanted has the tone of a second-rate action thriller that wouldn't normally get the time of day from the master of dialogue delivery.
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
June 28, 2008
More Coherence Wanted
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/4
Simon Abrams
New York Press
June 25, 2008
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 27, 2008
Wanted shows life in the killing lane with lots of zippy effects, action and exploding heads.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
July 1, 2008
Wanted shrieks along at such an unrelieved high pitch homicidal pace as the pathological protagonist passively morphs from dork to demon, however righteous, that the audience may soon start craving some of those pills that McAvoy's been popping.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 30, 2008
A string of hyper-stylised action sequences cut to ribbons so that you could hardly follow what was happening at any particular moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 26, 2008
Director Timur Bekmambetov can't decide on a tone, and the film feels by turns ridiculous and dead serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
June 26, 2008
Without characters to care about, this kinetic, violent shoot-em-up is merely a showcase for Russian director Timur Bekmambetov. But the violence on screen is nothing compared to the kind of bludgeoning given to your suspension of disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 26, 2008
This is cinema for people who slow down at car wrecks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
June 26, 2008
If Maxim magazine ever decides to branch out into filmmaking, Wanted is just the kind of ear-throttling nonsense it's bound to produce.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Pais
June 26, 2008
Permission for unhappy office drones to go on a killing spree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
The movie never convincingly sells us on its tone, and setting.
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