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. 75
    An offer you shouldn't refuse: It's laugh-out-loud, side-splitting funny.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    The film falls short; only Peet goes the whole nine yards.
  5. 40
    Goofy and surprisingly slow-moving.
  6. 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.
  7. A peppy affair that works in fits and starts but is unable to put its successful moments together in any consistently satisfying way.
  8. This Matt Perry vehicle is funnier than anyone could hope to expect.
  9. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A second-rate but bearable black comedy.
  10. 50
    Underwhelming, amusing only in fits and starts.
  11. No matter your standard of measurement, this production falls short.
  12. A sometimes clever, sometimes clumsy movie.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A crudely funny farce that covers no new ground but sees its talented players running some surefire plays.
  14. It provides the first genuine laughs I've had at the movies in this young year.
  15. 30
    Stupid, empty and -- worst of all -- fantastically boring.
  16. 16
    A witless, listless muck-up that sends you reeling from the theater with thoughts of suicide instead of a chipper grin.
  17. 38
    (Perry and Willis) are blown off the screen by Amanda Peet and Natasha Henstridge.
  18. Wacky and heartless, bloody and silly -- and it ends in a flourish of grotesque sentimentality.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Light on its feet and reveling in its deviousness, it stays one step ahead of us .
  21. 40
    Bruce Willis's marvelous performance as a contract killer only makes everything else about this comedy seem more pathetic.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    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.
  23. 49
    It's so plot heavy it never finds its nimble comic rhythm.
  24. A pedestrian movie with a predictable romance at its heart.
  25. 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.
  26. 60
    Well-tuned wisecracks and clever plot twists.
  27. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    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."
  28. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    A dark comedy that squanders its potential and never quite, as they say, suspends disbelief.
  29. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    A funny, frenetic and surprising comedy.
  30. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    It's not easy to wrench belly laughs out of contract killing, but Nine Yards does just that.
  31. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    It's a sad day when good ideas turn into bad movies.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nov 26, 2012
    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 »
  2. Jun 15, 2011
    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 »
  3. Feb 17, 2013
    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 »