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  • Summary: After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge,After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. [Universal Pictures] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 43
  2. Negative: 12 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 28, 2014
    88
    I laughed more at Seth MacFarlane’s sendup of ’60s Westerns than I did at all the other comedies I’ve seen this year, combined.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 29, 2014
    75
    An inventive and caustic comedy that really does look like the thing it's mocking.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 29, 2014
    63
    The real problem with A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of editing. There are a million jokes in it, but only 500,000 of them are funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 29, 2014
    50
    A Million Ways to Die in the West seems serious about only one thing: its contempt for the gun-crazed macho ethos exalted in countless Hollywood westerns. You might call the movie “Revenge of the Übernerd.”
  5. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    40
    Spiritually, it's closer to a mid-range crowd-pleaser such as City Slickers than Blazing Saddles, too enamoured of genre convention to reach for the comic dynamite.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 29, 2014
    38
    It’s clear what MacFarlane is shooting for — nothing less than the chance to be both the Bob Hope and the Mel Brooks of his generation. Be careful what you wish for.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    May 29, 2014
    0
    It’s a lifeless, meandering, overlong (116 minutes!) trudge through the oversized ego of its creator, full of wrong-headed humor and inept filmmaking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 87
  2. Negative: 35 out of 87
  1. Jun 8, 2014
    10
    This was a great movie i loved it you will to it was s funny i laughed, all the way t o the end it was not a dry eye in the house it willThis was a great movie i loved it you will to it was s funny i laughed, all the way t o the end it was not a dry eye in the house it will be a Emmy award winner Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    8
    This movie was just as funny as any other movie that I've seen this year. Not the classic that Ted was but I did find myself laughing out loudThis movie was just as funny as any other movie that I've seen this year. Not the classic that Ted was but I did find myself laughing out loud several times. Seth McFarlane just can't get away with as much when he isn't hiding behind an animated character. That is what is the only problem with this movie. I don't imagine we'll see a sequel for this one. Expand
  3. May 31, 2014
    7
    A million ways to die in the west is stupid silly and offensive and that's pretty much the point with lots of dark humour and a simple storyA million ways to die in the west is stupid silly and offensive and that's pretty much the point with lots of dark humour and a simple story a impressive performance from Seth macfarlen him self The film work it takes the elements that are used to make family guy a strong tv show and puts it to film in just the right way if you are not a family guy fan this is not for you it deserves a better score than it has. Expand
  4. Nov 2, 2014
    4
    A Million Ways To Die In The West attempts to do what Mel Brooks did with Blazing Saddles, create a pastiche film that honours the iconicA Million Ways To Die In The West attempts to do what Mel Brooks did with Blazing Saddles, create a pastiche film that honours the iconic Westerns that he idolized. Sadly this film is a half-ass attempt at a pastiche. It is quite evident Seth MacFarlane is a fan of Westerns given his references to the great films of the past however his humour creates a lacklustre and albeit apathetic plot. Expand
  5. May 30, 2014
    3
    While I don't deny Seth MacFarlane's ability to make jokes, because I saw how good he can be as a director in Ted. However, this movie lackedWhile I don't deny Seth MacFarlane's ability to make jokes, because I saw how good he can be as a director in Ted. However, this movie lacked any comedic charisma and while seth can be comical, he can't really act well. The main thing that killed the film was that all of the funny jokes had been given away in the trailers, making the movie lose much of the comedy it would have had without trailers. Generally, this comedy was not worth seeing, but hopefully Seth can come back with a much better movie than this poor performance. Expand
  6. Jun 19, 2014
    3
    Its hard to explain this film. Oh wait. Not really. 2/3 of the funny gags are in the trailer and its got a really simple plot. There are a lotIts hard to explain this film. Oh wait. Not really. 2/3 of the funny gags are in the trailer and its got a really simple plot. There are a lot more gags. They just aren't funny. The most impressive part of this films is the A list talent Seth MacFarlane somehow got on board. That Charlize Theron could play her roll straight, and make you believe sparks were flying between her and Seth MacFarlane is a testament to her acting. Even though Liam Neeson and Neil Patrick Harris have smaller rolls, they slam them out of the ballpark without much effort.
    The background scenery is beautiful, and they did a top notch job with the old west sets. Similarly the CG isn't overly ambitious but is very effective for a handful of scenes.
    Really this film is like an episode of family guy. Problem is its a bad one. Too many forced tongue in cheek jokes to not enough honest humor. And a bit of racism. The moment that went off the deep end for me is when Seth did a 4th wall moment to explain a really crude joke that wasn't funny to begin with.
    If you believe there are no bad family guy episodes this is the movie for you. If not there are 2 decent cameos I'm sure will pop up on youtube soon enough.
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  7. Jun 20, 2014
    0
    Do not waste your time and money on this vulgar movie. The attempt at racist humor toward Blacks and Chinese was beyond politicallyDo not waste your time and money on this vulgar movie. The attempt at racist humor toward Blacks and Chinese was beyond politically incorrect. It's hard to believe any actor would stoop so low just to make a buck. If you personally have high standards and good values do not see this movie and put that garbage in your mind. I went with mu husband so I did not get up and leave although I should have so shame on me. Expand

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