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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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Score distribution:
  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: 33 out of 99
  2. Negative: 39 out of 99
  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. Mar 22, 2015
    8
    Hilarious in a weird and extremely twisted way, A Million Ways to Die in the West is carried by Seth Macfarlane's penchant for sarcasticHilarious in a weird and extremely twisted way, A Million Ways to Die in the West is carried by Seth Macfarlane's penchant for sarcastic humour and Liam Neeson's excellence as a Wild West gunslinger. Expand
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    6
    Do I want to watch this movie again? #YES But, it was really a poor-editing movie. I mean, with so great background set and actors/actressesDo I want to watch this movie again? #YES But, it was really a poor-editing movie. I mean, with so great background set and actors/actresses assembles, it's really sad to see the editing of this movie just a mess. That's the whole minus of this movie. From the first time I knew it's MacFarlene movie, I didn't expect it will be a very serious comedy movie, I bet it's not even far from the full of instant jokes from Peter Griffin/ Family Guy. So, some critic reviews which disappointed with the movie, I believe they're not true fans of Family Guy at all. I enjoyed the movie. I laughed from the beginning to the end. Well, so many scenes that awkward and not good, I agree. But, I also love the characters relationship has being build up, my opinion is Seth MacFarlene made it, to deliver the movie he wants to make... I mean, if those editing skills included, then he almost made it. :) I want him make many comedy movies like Anna Faris. Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2014
    4
    Seth MacFarlane's comedy comes to the big screen! Just not in the way we had hoped (Family Guy). This may explain why it is not overly funny.Seth MacFarlane's comedy comes to the big screen! Just not in the way we had hoped (Family Guy). This may explain why it is not overly funny. There are a few laughter filled moments but it just feels like there is too much plot concentration in a production that is just supposed to be silly and enjoyable. Rather than a million death mechanisms we are only treated to a few preposterous ways to die. This undermines the title and doesn't do the viewer who has paid handsomely justice. We instead endure a misleading, misdirected flick, with some MacFarlane humour as a side order. 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 23, 2014
    0
    Seth MacFarlane's humor may be funny to some but I find that the constant sexual innuendos and direct commentary was far from being funny.Seth MacFarlane's humor may be funny to some but I find that the constant sexual innuendos and direct commentary was far from being funny. The movie was disgusting and was the first movie that my wife and I ever walked out on. Expand

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