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
PG-13 (for violence, some sexual content and brief strong language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Bill Nighy
as Victor Maynard
Rupert Everett
as Ferguson
Geoff Bell
as Fabian
James O'Dee
as Barney
Eileen Atkins
as Mother
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
Jonathan Lynn
as Parrot
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Critic Reviews for Wild Target

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15)

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 1, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

All of this busyness drains away the film's charm, turning what might have been a naughty and whimsical frolic into something glib, hectic and sour.

October 28, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wild Target


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

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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

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