Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. 75
    A subtle but unmistakable aura of jolliness sneaks from the screen.
  2. It provides the first genuine laughs I've had at the movies in this young year.
  3. 75
    An offer you shouldn't refuse: It's laugh-out-loud, side-splitting funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Light on its feet and reveling in its deviousness, it stays one step ahead of us .
  5. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    A funny, frenetic and surprising comedy.
  6. This Matt Perry vehicle is funnier than anyone could hope to expect.
  7. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    63
    It's not easy to wrench belly laughs out of contract killing, but Nine Yards does just that.
  8. A sometimes clever, sometimes clumsy movie.
  9. 60
    Well-tuned wisecracks and clever plot twists.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    A crudely funny farce that covers no new ground but sees its talented players running some surefire plays.
  11. Wacky and heartless, bloody and silly -- and it ends in a flourish of grotesque sentimentality.
  12. Runs out of good ideas long before it's over, falling below "Prizzi's Honor" and "The Freshman" in the dubious genre of contract-killer comedies.
  13. For quite of few of The Whole Nine Yards, it appears that the most clever thing in the movie is going to be the opening credits, monstrous close-ups of the morning toothbrushing routine.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    A comedy without much zing but with an occasional zing-er that enables the film to pick up . . . well, if not nine yards, maybe an inch or two on the gridiron.
  15. A pedestrian movie with a predictable romance at its heart.
  16. 50
    The film falls short; only Peet goes the whole nine yards.
  17. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    50
    A dark comedy that squanders its potential and never quite, as they say, suspends disbelief.
  18. A peppy affair that works in fits and starts but is unable to put its successful moments together in any consistently satisfying way.
  19. 50
    Underwhelming, amusing only in fits and starts.
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    A second-rate but bearable black comedy.
  21. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    You're entitled to ask for more than that in a comedy, but these days you're often obliged to settle for a lot less.
  22. 49
    It's so plot heavy it never finds its nimble comic rhythm.
  23. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    45
    It's a sad day when good ideas turn into bad movies.
  24. 40
    Goofy and surprisingly slow-moving.
  25. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    40
    The script seems flimsy and disposable when compared with such similar takes on the subject as "Analyze This,""The Sopranos" and the upcoming "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai."
  26. 40
    Bruce Willis's marvelous performance as a contract killer only makes everything else about this comedy seem more pathetic.
  27. 38
    (Perry and Willis) are blown off the screen by Amanda Peet and Natasha Henstridge.
  28. 30
    Stupid, empty and -- worst of all -- fantastically boring.
  29. A convoluted ''dweeb meets the Mob'' farce in which everyone is trying to kill everyone else, but it's the movie that's the real corpse -- albeit a busy, twitching one.
  30. No matter your standard of measurement, this production falls short.
  31. 16
    A witless, listless muck-up that sends you reeling from the theater with thoughts of suicide instead of a chipper grin.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Feb 17, 2013
    8
    Really cool and unbelievably funny movie! Bruce Willis with an amazing performance, Matthew Perry with one of the best of his career and such a nice plot! What makes it so good: It's just different to other gangster comedies. Full Review »
  2. Nov 26, 2012
    10
    Matthew Perry steal the show and Bruce Willis delliver the goods as usual in this very fun, and funny, comedy that was way too underrated in its day. Still a gem, and still a lot of fun. Check it out. Full Review »
  3. Jun 15, 2011
    10
    It is a great movie that I have now watched several times. I would recommend this movie to any of my friends any time. It will keep you watching with a twist aery corner. Full Review »