The Whole Nine Yards

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
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  1. 60
    Well-tuned wisecracks and clever plot twists.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    A crudely funny farce that covers no new ground but sees its talented players running some surefire plays.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    Underwhelming, amusing only in fits and starts.
  5. A pedestrian movie with a predictable romance at its heart.
  6. Wacky and heartless, bloody and silly -- and it ends in a flourish of grotesque sentimentality.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    A second-rate but bearable black comedy.
  10. 50
    The film falls short; only Peet goes the whole nine yards.
  11. A peppy affair that works in fits and starts but is unable to put its successful moments together in any consistently satisfying way.
  12. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    50
    A dark comedy that squanders its potential and never quite, as they say, suspends disbelief.
  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. 49
    It's so plot heavy it never finds its nimble comic rhythm.
  15. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    45
    It's a sad day when good ideas turn into bad movies.
  16. 40
    Bruce Willis's marvelous performance as a contract killer only makes everything else about this comedy seem more pathetic.
  17. 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."
  18. 40
    Goofy and surprisingly slow-moving.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 125 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 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 inMatthew 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 »
  2. 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 youIt 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 »
  3. 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 suchReally 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 »