Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 5, 2015
    100
    The movie rarely, if ever, feels mechanical. Instead, you may find yourself marveling at the fertility of an imagination that could allow itself to toss so many vivid characters and stories—enough to supply four or five movies — into one generous package.
  2. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Feb 20, 2015
    100
    Deserves to become a serious art-house hit in the U.S. thanks to its skill in deftly overcoming the form’s usual deficits, for a result that feels as amazingly cohesive as it is relentlessly clever and entertaining.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    May 25, 2014
    100
    Beyond being very smart and funny, it's also a great looking movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 25, 2014
    100
    While adhering to an internal logic that makes each punchline land with a satisfying burst of glee, the movie nevertheless stems from genuine fury aimed a broken world. It's the rare storytelling endeavor that manages to be laughably absurd and profoundly tragic at the same time.
  5. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Feb 24, 2015
    92
    Wild Tales represents the work of an exceedingly skillful storyteller.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 17, 2015
    90
    Wild Tales is loose-limbed, rowdy, and exhilarating — in its vibrant lunacy, and with its cartoonishly brash violence, it's a little bit Almodóvar, a little bit Tarantino.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Mar 25, 2015
    89
    Snap! That’s the crack of people teetering on the verge in each of the six segments in the perversely entertaining Argentinian film Wild Tales, a more-than-deserving recent Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 13, 2015
    88
    Madly entertaining and just plain mad.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 5, 2015
    88
    Wild Tales rockets along with sleek, amoral charm and a masterful sense of cinematic storytelling; it’s worth noting that one of the producers is Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Feb 26, 2015
    88
    Szifrón handles the tone and presentation masterfully.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 19, 2015
    88
    Writer-director Damián Szifron hasn't made one film — he's made six, stitched together under one title and sent out to a world that may not be ready. Screw the pussies. Wild Tales is gleefully out for blood.
  12. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Mar 23, 2015
    80
    Imagine all of D-Fens’ fury in Falling Down squeezed into one short, then times it by six. A gloriously crazed compendium that fizzes with OMG and OTT moments.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 19, 2015
    80
    This is really entertaining stuff. It requires the ability to laugh at misfortune, but Szifrón is so skilled in his writing and direction that this isn't a problem.
  14. Reviewed by: Geoff Andrew
    Feb 23, 2015
    80
    Grudges, minor insults and found-out flirtations lead to mayhem and murder on a cataclysmic scale.
  15. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Feb 19, 2015
    80
    The direct translation of this deliciously devilish film’s Spanish title is “Savage Stories.” That’s a more fitting title.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 25, 2014
    80
    Szifron does a terrific job of pacing thanks to expert editing (he shares credit with Pablo Barbieri) within each episode and a genuinely subversive sense of humor.
  17. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 19, 2015
    75
    The infectious dark comedy Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes) argues that payback is more satisfying when it’s doled out in fiery, bloody and outrageous doses.
  18. 75
    What really distinguishes it from the art-film crowd is that it’s also food-spittingly funny.
  19. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Mar 1, 2015
    75
    If everyone behaved the way the characters in Wild Tales behave, civilization would crumble. But the real take-away lesson here is how easy it might be for any of us, swept up in a moment of bloodlust, to consider pure raging hostility a fair trade.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 20, 2015
    75
    If you’ve ever fantasized about busting up somebody’s nuptials, this movie is for you.
  21. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Feb 19, 2015
    75
    Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales almost feels too audacious, too crazy, and, in some ways, too slight for the Oscars.
  22. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Feb 18, 2015
    75
    The filmmakers have cannily structured this crazed collection of shorts, using running time and general quality as organizational criteria. The best segments serve as bookends. The worst ones are buried in the middle.
  23. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 18, 2015
    75
    The film is nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, and it doesn’t deserve to snatch the prize from the towering likes of “Ida,” “Timbuktu” or “Leviathan.” Yet in its gaudy, predictable way, Wild Tales is enormous fun, and the consistent wit of the quiet stretches shows there’s more to Szifrón than shock tactics.
  24. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Feb 13, 2015
    75
    Each of the six vignettes that make up this unusually energetic anthology pertains to the methods of calculated mass dehumanization that are (barely) hidden beneath the practices of social institutions.
  25. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    May 25, 2014
    75
    It's crisply and cleanly shot throughout, and the filmmaker shows a rare feel for how to not only make comedy land, but also to make it actually feel cinematic too.
  26. 70
    Whatever the style, the point is blunt, reductive: Civilized humans can transform, in an instant, into blindingly destructive forces of nature. Not exactly an original thesis, but as a source of movie fodder, it’s scarily entertaining.
  27. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 19, 2015
    70
    Mr. Szifron creates inhabited worlds with comic timing and visual flair, but you can hear him chortling as he shovels his people into the grinder.
  28. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Feb 17, 2015
    70
    There’s a good deal of the sick-and-twisted element of The ABCs Of Death here, but managed with better pacing, more maturity, and more room to build each segment.
  29. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    May 25, 2014
    70
    Wild Tales opens and closes with a bang, and at its best is a riotously funny and cathartic exorcism of the frustrations of contemporary life.
  30. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Apr 2, 2015
    60
    Vengeance has powered countless movies over the years, but rarely can it have been given such a thorough – and thoroughly entertaining – showcase as it gets in Wild Tales.
  31. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 25, 2014
    60
    As we pass from one story to another the relentless savagery does get a bit grinding. In addition, at two hours in length, Szifron's film is perhaps one skit too long. Regardless, Wild Tales is an inventive, occasionally hysterical ride.
  32. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 19, 2015
    50
    You never lose interest for a moment, and the images are often striking: Javier Julia did the stylish cinematography. Yet there’s little lift from the carryings-on, not much buoyancy in the misanthropy.
  33. Reviewed by: Charles Solomon
    Oct 30, 2014
    40
    Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but Argentine writer-director Damián Szifron allows it to sit until it congeals in the dreary six-part anthology Wild Tales.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Feb 20, 2015
    10
    Unpredictable, hilarious and extremely relevant! This is one of the best movies EVER made in history. Every story is so well acted andUnpredictable, hilarious and extremely relevant! This is one of the best movies EVER made in history. Every story is so well acted and directed in a way that it is impossible not to relate to at least one of them, and to truly understand the pains that each character goes through. It is a movie that deals with very delicate and serious issues, but they are presented in such a predictable manner that it is impossible not to laugh, being a movie that is a perfect tragicomedy. Full Review »
  2. Feb 22, 2015
    10
    It feels very imaginative and almost crazy but at the same time very real and sympathetic. It holds beautiful images, filming, acting andIt feels very imaginative and almost crazy but at the same time very real and sympathetic. It holds beautiful images, filming, acting and stories and develops easily and effortlessly. By far one of the best Argentinian movies. Full Review »
  3. Jun 22, 2015
    8
    I had read a lot about this film, and even with subtitles it was an extremely enjoyable, fast-paced, funny film. I didn’t like all the “tales”I had read a lot about this film, and even with subtitles it was an extremely enjoyable, fast-paced, funny film. I didn’t like all the “tales” equally, but they all held my interest and made me laugh, regardless of the cruelty inflicted in some of them as people went wildly out of control. The subjects satirized were contemporary and apparently are common to everyone all over the world – and these situations were not as trivial and juvenile as in many American comedies, which seem to be mainly about hangovers and acting stupidly. In this film, people made fools of themselves for good reason, even if, of course, their reactions were just a bit exaggerated. The comic acting was great. Full Review »