Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. 75
    It's a mouthful of a title for a rowdy, ramshackle funfest that flies by on its spirited humor and surprising heart.
  2. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    75
    Native Chicagoan Vaughn remains enigmatic, protected from the camera’s more candid intrusion. But you get a sense of his deep values, virtuous instincts and quiet love of ordinary people.
  3. 75
    This engaging documentary is briskly funny.
  4. A funny comedy, and sometimes an even better drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    The end result is an entertaining tour film.
  6. 70
    Surprisingly endearing and chock-full of a genuine appreciation of the moment.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    A very engaging trip along the cutting edge of America's funny bone.
  8. Has a loosey-goosey, what-the-hell spirit that's easy and fun to hook into.
  9. Reviewed by: Travis Nichols
    67
    Though you might expect a film of a bunch of performers on a bus to explode with camaraderie and high jinks, the Wild West Comedy Show offers only standard patter about how hard it is for four dudes to share a bathroom, a map graphic between scenes, and one -- just one! -- priceless moment.
  10. Vaughn could have used an editor, but Wild West still is a romp with a likable bunch.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    The movie's amiable, impulsive, intense, and scattershot, and since those are qualities associated with Vaughn himself, in the end it's a fair representation.
  12. It's almost like you're watching a 100-minute trailer for a much better six-hour miniseries.
  13. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    50
    Shot on sometimes lousy-looking video, it seems unreasonable to ask audiences to pay to see this picture on a big screen. But "Wild West," particularly with a bit of editing, would be a standout on cable, where shoddy production values would be eclipsed by some very funny material and the emcee presence of a sometimes charismatic (and sometimes obviously road-weary) star.
  14. Wild West Show would have really been something if Vaughn had taken a few of his fellow Frat Packers with him - say, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Steve Carell - instead of the struggling unknowns.
  15. Intermittent moments of mild amusement ensue.
  16. Audiences can watch any number of similarly talented comics on late-night television or, even better, get close to the action at a downtown comedy club.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    50
    The doc provides plenty of backstory (meeting the comics' families offers generous context to material heard earlier in the film). But in the end, it's the bits involving Vaughn and his celeb guests that linger.
  18. Though it includes some moderately funny snippets of actual performances, Wild West Comedy Show is not a concert film. We never see a complete performance or even a quarter of one.
  19. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    50
    Ungainly titled, overlong, intermittently funny.
  20. A good concert film might have been culled from Vaughn's 30-date LA-to-Chicago tour in September 2005, which showcased stand-up comedians Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, and Sebastian Maniscalco and included bits with Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Dwight Yoakam, Justin Long, and Keir O'Donnell. But this is more like a DVD extra for that film.
  21. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    Onscreen it all plays out like some sort of self-coronation, a celebration of the boy Vaughn’s rise to the heights of superstardom.
  22. It was undoubtedly a great experience for everyone involved, and the show itself might have been a romp. But as a movie, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show makes you think of the days in which troupes that didn’t deliver were run out of town, bullets pinging off their heels.
  23. 33
    West is heavy on Vaughn, at least initially, but woefully short on comedy.
  24. 25
    A 2 1/2-year-old collection of mediocre stand-up routines and dull backstage chatter, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show demonstrates why comedy clubs require you to have a couple of drinks.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. DonaldT.
    Mar 10, 2008
    0
    This is the worst movie I have seen in over a year. It is the worst documentary I have seen in over a year. What were they thinking?
  2. RobertC.
    Feb 15, 2008
    0
    The worst movie I have seen this year. It is not even a movie nor a documentary but something that a kid would do in their backyard The worst movie I have seen this year. It is not even a movie nor a documentary but something that a kid would do in their backyard experimenting with a video camera. Probably worse. What a ripoff. There was nothing funny. Full Review »
  3. SarahU.
    Feb 4, 2008
    10
    I LOVED this movie. The comics are hysterical and the struggles they go through to do what they love are inspiring. I saw the actual show I LOVED this movie. The comics are hysterical and the struggles they go through to do what they love are inspiring. I saw the actual show when it was on the road, so it's nice to see the behind the scenes of such a terrific time. Full Review »