Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. I laughed so hard, my eyes watered. I laughed so loud, I lost track of whether anyone else was laughing. I laughed so much, I ached afterwards. [29 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
  2. 100
    One of the best-constructed, funniest, and most clever comedies to grace motion picture screens in recent years. It's outrageous, offensive, and even a little sick -- and all the more enjoyable because of it.
  3. 100
    The funniest movie I have seen in a long time.
  4. May be less than the sum of its parts, but its parts are more impressive than most other wholes around.
  5. Reviewed by: Carmel Dagan
    100
    Director Charles Crichton's hilarious romp.
  6. 100
    A convulsively funny affair.[15 July 1988, Calendar, p. 6-1]
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Think of A Fish Called Wanda as the next best thing to a Looney Tunes-Merrie Melodies summerfest…Wanda defies gravity, in both senses of the word, and redefines a great comic tradition. [July 18, 1988]
  8. 90
    It's a deliciously dishy comedy, but like sushi an acquired taste.
  9. Crichton keeps the laughs coming with infectious energy.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Aug 27, 2014
    9
    Adventures aren't always as funny their creators intend for them to be. This one is. In fact, it's one of the funniest flicks out of Britain ever. Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline are dynamite. Full Review »
  2. May 20, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is the kind of movie you watch again and again, and enjoy every time.

    The plot is hilarious. What was supposed to be a successful diamond robbery turns something completely different when some of the robbers try to get the loot for themselves. Wanda and Otto, siblings with benefits, are trying to cross George, but it seems the man was smarter than that. With George is taken in by the police - thanks to Otto and his sister - there is still George's stuttering accomplice, Ken, to deal with.

    To complicate the matters, Wanda tries to get to the man defending George to find out where the diamonds are, and that takes a bit more than the usual level of persuasion. Otto, who is jealous and definitely not to be called stupid, keeps appearing at the most inconvenient times.

    And to keep the plot going, of course there is an eye-witness who saw George just after the jewel heist; an elderly woman whom Ken must now deal with. His several attempts to cause an "accident" are quite fatal - to the old lady's three Yorkies!

    The characters brilliant, and the acting never leaves you hanging. The most hilarious is perhaps Kevin Kline as Otto, who plays with accents, charms his sister with Italian, and used to be a hitman for CIA - or so he says.

    The plot is solid and funny, especially the end. The way things are going, you cannot tell what is really going to happen before the ending titles start to roll!
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  3. Feb 23, 2014
    10
    An awesome script, wonderful acting especially from Kline and Cleese and damn funny from start to finish. Has more than a touch of Python humor in it but it still very sophisticated. This is a movie I have watched time and again over the years and never get tired of it. Full Review »