Wild Target


Wild Target (2010)


Critic Consensus: An ineptly staged farce that dishonors the original film and squanders the comedic potential of its fine actors.


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A gorgeous con artist sells a fake painting to a powerful gangster and discovers that crime doesn't pay when her unsatisfied customer hires Europe's top assassin to take her out. But the moment Victor (Bill Nighy) gets Rose (Emily Blunt) in his crosshairs, he hesitates. The situation grows tense when Victor vows to protect the sprightly scammer rather than rubbing her out, and finds himself the unwitting mentor to a young protégée. Before long, all three are on the run from Europe's second-best assassin. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Bill Nighy
as Victor Maynard
Geoff Bell
as Fabian
Duncan Duff
as Jeweller
Graham Seed
as Appraiser
Alexis Rodney
as First Hotel Receptinist
Sia Berkeley
as Smart Hotel Receptinist
Jenny Crosdale
as Hotel Maid
Philip Battley
as Hotel Barman
Neil D'Souza
as Garage Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Wild Target

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (16)

A few tart, amusing lines echo the fabled Kind Hearts and Coronets, yet this British movie based on a French farce falls into morbid silliness.

Nov 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film has to fly by its wits -- and its witty lines -- and by the charm of its stars. This it does, just barely.

Nov 18, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's never a good idea to cast Bill Nighy as a buttoned-down hit man.

Nov 12, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Practically a text book in how ugly things can get when you don't have the right, light touch for this sort of thing.

Nov 1, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.

Oct 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 29, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wild Target


Bill Nighy can do no wrong, and Rupert Grint shows he can survive outside the HP franchise.

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Lanning : )

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Started off okay and then went downhill fast. Was it meant to be funny? It wasn't. Stupid characters and boring storyline. The star is for Emily Blunt and her outfits. I switched it off 40 minutes in. I get the impression she was heading for a romance with the 52 year old hitman, which gives me the creeps.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


A hit man falls for his target, a charming kleptomaniac, and agrees to protect her from the mobster who hired him. There isn't much to this film, but it's fun to watch Bill Nighy, who can make reading the phone book interesting. I also liked Martin Freeman who shows off a set of fake teeth like a badge of honor. Overall, don't go to this film if you're seeking substance or good adventure sequences, but if you're a fan of Nighy, then you'll be relatively satisfied.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Think 'A Fish Called Wanda' and 'Clockwise' and you have an idea of how this quirky little British film plays out. Bill Nighy is against cast as a ageing hitman who looks after his also ageing mother whilst doing his daily job of taking people out. It sounds hilarious on paper and is a fun film, its just not quite as sharp as you might hope for. Nighy of course is the best thing in the film as the stiff upper lipped, tight assed gentleman hitman, a kind of 'Basil Fawlty' hitman who frowns upon anything modern or unusual in his world. The rest of the cast are a jumbled mix of British character actors who add spice to the plot but not quite as much as Nighy. Freeman as the other hired assassin on the job is surprisingly eerie with his bleached teeth and slick hair, his partner in crime is Geoff Bell who always plays the scary hardman but parodies this beautifully here. Both are a great team up for this film and compliment Nighy so well, the other cast members do the job but nothing to rave about, Everett doesn't quite fit his role as head gangster if you ask me whilst Grint can't shake his 'Potter' background I'm afraid. There isn't anything particularly original here, the hitman thing has been done to death but mixing it with an anal stuffy ageing British aristocratic business man type is a neat little idea. There isn't a great deal more on offer other than that small concept, the rest of the humour is average and the film does lull towards the end, the final idea of the two leads getting married and having a kid is rather icky frankly haha age gap much? A nice entertaining black comedy which would have been perfect for John Cleese many years ago but Nighy is still good fare and still flies the flag for Britain just fine.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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