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  • Summary: Victor Maynard is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose. (Freestyle Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 18, 2010
    63
    Wild Target is the sort of farce where nothing, essentially, is at stake, even as cars crash (including an original Mini Cooper), bullets rip, and knives get hurled with deadly velocity.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 29, 2010
    63
    An eccentric little comic thriller filled with enough laughs that I was mostly willing to overlook the fact that it makes virtually no sense as a thriller.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 29, 2010
    60
    The script does boast a fair share of zingers, delivered with arch wit by a crack team of professionals.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 27, 2010
    50
    The cast, though, includes a great bunch of Brit faves who have all done better work elsewhere.
  5. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 28, 2010
    50
    Nighy is usually a treat to watch navigating life's bad turns, so it's especially frustrating that the filmmaker so often leaves him at loose ends.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Oct 26, 2010
    40
    It's entertainment designed to resemble a good time without aspiring to provide one.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 24, 2010
    20
    Nearly every element here is wildly off-target, from Jonathan Lynn's ("The Whole Nine Yards") lazy helming and Lucinda Coxon's shambolic script to the embarrassed-looking perfs from usually excellent lead thesps Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 9, 2011
    10
    One of the best comedy films I've ever seen. This is exactly the reason why I do not trust the CRITICS anymore. What they can be RUBBISH as in this case. I'd recommend this to friends in a heartbeat. Expand
  2. Jan 12, 2012
    10
    Yet another case of the critics being completely out of touch with reality. Like the modern art aficionados who think 'a fork in a lemon' is profound and worth shilling out a million pounds for, most movie critics have completely lost the plot. This is a charming and hilariously entertaining film, the cast are excellent and it makes enough sense to not bug me. Expand
  3. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    After seeing Wild Target, I checked the reviews to see who had similar takes on it and ... found that they were, at best, mildly positive about this movie, and way downhill from there. I saw this on Netflix, now a marginal source of decent content. Wild Target is not just "good enough" or even just good. It's a great mildly noir farce. Nighy is fabulous as a repressed hit man. Through his hilarious little facial expressions, we see him trying to bust out. The gorgeous Blunt, with her bedroom eyes, keeps us laughing while she enchants us, even if her character is occasionally overly silly (think gas station mini-mart scene). And Nighy's Mum's mordant delivery will have you howling. The plot is plenty good enough and we gladly give it some license. Even the score is just right and contributes seamlessly to the mood. This movie is grossly underrated. Don't hesitate. It delivers. Expand
  4. Nov 4, 2011
    9
    Critics should not be allowed to write reviews for comedies, because they seem to get so caught up in the elements of a great drama film that they apply the same rules to a comedy. This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in recent years, mostly because of the quirky acting by all of the leads. I highly recommend it to anyone fond of smart British humor. Expand
  5. Dec 10, 2010
    9
    The critics are so off base here, it caused me to sign up for an account with Metacritic and write my own review. I have been reading Metacritic for about two years and have never done this. Anyway, as I said, the critics are beyond wrong here. The three leads are hysterical. Nighy and Blunt are always good, but the big surprise is definitely Grint, who has great timing. The writing is inspired (with the exception of one scene where Nighy is talking to Grint in the bathtub, which does not fit in with the rest of the movie; hence the 9 instead of 10). As JosJos said, the supporting players are great too. I work at a movie theater that shows mostly limited release films. We were the only place in town showing this movie and despite no advertising whatsoever, the theater was close to full. Not to mention that the audience was laughing their asses off. Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2010
    9
    What is wrong with all these critics? This movie is hilarious! Terrific acting and very funny plot. Don't believe any of them. Bill Nighy is at his best as the emotionally repressed hit man, Maynard; Emily Blunt is so naughty; Rupert Grint very natural, very funny. The lesser roles -- Eileen Atkins as Maynard's murderous mum; Martin Freeman as Maynard's rival/nemesis, Dixon; Rupert Everett as the crooked art collector -- stand up to the leads. Expand
  7. Jul 25, 2013
    0
    Genuinely can't believe the average user rating for this movie. In this case, the critics are totally right. It's a terrible movie from start to finish. Terrible acting, horrendous plot and no humour whatsoever. This kind of movie should come with a warning. Expand

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