Wanted is kind of unintelligible and idiotic. Also kind of nasty and brutish. And also undeniably kind of fun.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Wanted shows life in the killing lane with lots of zippy effects, action and exploding heads.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
The thrilling stunts and hyperkinetic action scenes are the undisputed stars of this surprisingly entertaining film.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Jolie, thin as a wraith and as still as alabaster, reigns supreme as the queen of great screen objects, and Freeman has one of the film's funniest (if profane) lines.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Wanted is quite happy to judge a man by the size of his gun. The irony is that the biggest one here belongs to Jolie, and her Amazon smile indicates she knows exactly how nervous that makes the boys.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Bekmambetov's movie evaporates pretty quickly after it's consumed.
Jim Ridley - Village Voice
That Timur Bekmambetov's amped-up action flick Wanted makes absolutely no sense is entirely irrelevant. Your brain, in fact, can take a two-hour hiatus. But your adrenal glands will be working overtime.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Before Wanted reaches the end of its wild course, the violence that's been nothing but oppressive becomes genuinely if perversely impressive.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
It's a chance to watch a bullet explode from the forehead of a killer -- and an invitation to laugh at the spectacle. See what you do, then tell me who's sicker: Bekmambetov or us.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
A one-word review of Wanted would be "Wow."
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
Wanted has the kind of irresistible summer-movie allure that makes studio executives drool in anticipation. Even its title must swim before their eyes and transform into 'Want-to-See'.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
What looks set to be a boyish, pop-eyed fantasy warps into a welter of bloodletting.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Slams the pedal to the metal and never slows down.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
If you went for Sin City or Shoot 'Em Up, you'll probably enjoy Wanted. I like my trash with a little less fetishism when it comes to instruments of slaughter.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Timur Bekmambetov makes his U.S. debut with this big, cruel, stupid actioner about an office dweeb (James McAvoy) who gets recruited into an ancient cult of assassins.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Wanted is an assaultive roller coaster of a movie that would be more fun if the violence weren't so nasty, and if the script made any sense.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Working a niche somewhere between the black comedy of Fight Club and the ultrafashionable mayhem of The Matrix, Wanted is an experience that's hard to defend as a whole but mesmerizing in a highway-accident rubbernecking kind of way.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Wanted may be the most absolutely stone bonkers, crazy-good movie of the century. Or it may be a gargantuan piece of trash. Chances are it's a combination of the two. But man, does it rock.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A genuine thrill ride that has the added bonus of being an action movie you don't have to turn your brain off to enjoy.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Like it or not, Wanted pretty much slams you to the back of your chair from the outset and scarcely lets up for the duration.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A 12-armed heavy-metal drummer of a movie, kicking and flailing through two hours of impossible. The car chase of the year.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Wanted hurtles past our eyes and ears too fast to register as much more than a video game.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
[Bekmambetov] hasn't just made a thriller with Wanted, he's redefined the genre.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Wanted is too bloody, too over the top, too silly, and too special effects driven. It's also excessively entertaining and fun.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
This is a blockbuster busting out of the block; this is a Hollywood staple served up on a European platter; this is summertime fare with a wintry verve.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Wanted is fast-moving and bloody, enjoyable even within its unapologetically generic limits. But McAvoy is its real secret weapon.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
If the graphic-novel-style hyperviolence of Sin City or 300 is your thing, go ahead and knock yourself out. Or let Angelina do it for you ... It feels so much nicer that way.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Wanted manages to deliver what action fans crave while still maintaining a veneer of artfulness.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This over-the-top, ultraviolent, hyperkinetic action thriller pretty much has it all.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Sure, you've seen plenty of this type of amped-up nonsense before... That doesn't make Wanted any less enjoyable.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Directed at a pitch of gritty giddiness by the Kazakhstan-born Timur Bekmambetov, this hard-R splatter-fest about a team of sanctified assassins is also the summer's zazziest action movie.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's trash, but I love it anyway.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Wanted's hyperkinetic antics are sometimes weighed down by a surfeit of adolescent misanthropy. But the adrenaline-overdose strategy works for viewers as well as hit men.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
In normal cinematic terms, it could easily be dismissed as gun porn, boyish nonsense or action overkill. Fact is, in the realms of badass cinema, Wanted is damn near untouchable.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
The movie never convincingly sells us on its tone, and setting.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Wanted never takes itself too seriously and is fully aware of its frailties. This is fast and furious popcorn munching fodder, which doesn't waste time dabbling in meaningful theorising or contemplation.
Alex Fletcher - Digital Spy
Explosive action film is extremely violent.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
A movie so shamelessly derivative of so many other movies that it ought to have a work-cited page at the start of the closing credits.
Scott Mendelson - Film Threat
Few films have accepted the role of Matrix knockoff with such gusto as Wanted; indeed, at times it's almost impossible to distinguish the two.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
...an entirely ineffectual actioner that suffers from many of the same problems that one now associates with the genre.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
[It] lacks zing, but McAvoy (Atonement) handles his action-hero stint admirably.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Then there's ADD megatard Timur Bekmabetov's deeply stupid Wanted, coming along to confirm that his deeply stupid Night Watch and Day Watch were no accident
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A version of The Matrix that didn't bother to construct a thoughtful mythology for its universe, and a version of Shoot 'Em Up that plays it too straight.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Agreeably slick pop nihilism, getting a kick out of its own excesses.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
This is an exciting flick, and it helped secure a place in the cinemas for R-rated action films.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Maximum violence and minimum plot are the formula.
John Hazelton - Screen International
Dean Essner - National Post
Initially promises to challenge the heroism of blindly following your destiny, yet instead descends into an unsatisfactory blur of curving bullets and splattered bodies.
Jay Richardson - Future Movies UK
Kudos to graphic novelists Mark Millar and J.G. Jones for coming up with this fun and electric idea in the first place and here's hoping that they can create an ongoing cool environment in which these groovy characters can excel.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
I personally loved it.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Alas, the Russian filmmaker can only do so much with his American debut's stale premise and lazy plot.
Mark Jenkins - NPR.org
A fast-paced, in-your-face cartoon come to life.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
How can a movie about assassins be so... inspiring?
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
Simply put, this film is borrowed/created from Fight Club and The Matrix. It's a poor man's, but it's not that far off from those great films.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Sem alcancar qualquer peso dramatico, O Procurado e puro estilo e nenhuma substancia, e verdade. Mas, as vezes, e o que basta.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
What we've got here is the ultraviolent version of Harry Potter.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Wanted was found to be on the outlandish side, but it has a thrilling joy ride for all to enjoy.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
It's fun for quite a while, getting by on audacity and raw energy -- until a midway plot twist goes off the deep end and becomes downright silly.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Bekmambetov made better films in Russia with far less money and more ideas.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Guilty pleasure or ripping escapism, it's a wild explosion of a film that rides high on its extravagant script and blows us away by its surreal action scenes.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Wanted is a virus of a movie, infecting the audience with its irresistible thrills as the nerdy hero morphs into a spectacular killing machine
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Never has a mainstream movie made more of a fetish from splattered brains.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
Brilliantly directed, superbly written and impressively acted action thriller that's bursting with terrific, pulse-pounding set-pieces and will leave you feeling like you've just downed ten Red Bulls in a row.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's one thing to laugh along with a live-action cartoon, but once Wanted starts playing it straight, we start to groan.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Take a slice of The Matrix, stir in pinches of X-Men and Da Vinci Code and garnish with a sprinkling of Hellraiser - and Wanted sounds like a re-heated Sunday roast. Add the bloody viscera of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and you'll think it's a dodgy dish
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Don't drink an energy drink before seeing Wanted; your head might explode from over-stimulation
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The plot has its share of holes, but for those who like shutting off their brains but discovering they might be thinking deeply anyway, Wanted is a worthy diversion.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
As long as you check your ethics at the door, there's nothing wrong with reveling in its skillful brand of sociopathic mayhem.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Too ridiculous to be entertaining and too long to keep everyone's attention. If fate were only so virtuous as this film would have us believe.
Michael Drakulich - Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Wanted's torture-training, its depiction of murder as sport and its feeble justification for a thousand years of slaughter suggest a broken moral compass.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Wanted is like the last of big budget porn, throwing around endless style along with massive fake boobs and enough smoke to choke a Scott.
David Poland - Movie City News
Like The Matrix, it's not nearly as complex as it pretends to be, but it's visually stunning and relentlessly entertaining
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Jim Ridley - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
... when Freeman, Jolie, McAvoy and the rest get a chance, there's even some decent acting going on. It's almost as if the great Loom of Fate dropped a stitch and willed it.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Wanted's greatest asset is director Timur Bekmambetov's (in his English-language directorial debut) willingness to acknowledge the film's utter goofiness.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Largely a reshuffling of tried and true (in some cases, trite and true) elements with a shiny new coat of paint.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
With curving, clinking and kissing bullets, Wanted indeed does Chicago proud. And Angelina Jolie sells it. And Morgan Freeman is ominous. And in his body of work, James McAvoy -- the star of this orgasmic summer blockbuster -- becomes a man.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
Angelina kicks butt and the movie does too
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Wanted' is an action oriented film that gives the audience what they want and then some.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Whether you find the whole thing thrilling or exhausting will depend in large part on the health of your adrenal glands.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Ten years ago, Wanted would have been revolutionary ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
It's fun, but it's sillier than The Love Guru.
Michael Dance - The Cinema Source
has an infectious absurdity that you can't help but admire
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The movie strips the comic of most of its psychological darkness and is, quite simply, every nerdy fanboy's fantasy come true in fast-paced, ridiculously fun fashion.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Periodically you see a film that is so jacked up on adrenaline that the audience gets a palpable contact high. Wanted fits squarely into this category.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Wanted shrieks along at such an unrelieved high pitch homicidal pace as the pathological protagonist passively morphs from dork to demon, however righteous, that the audience may soon start craving some of those pills that McAvoy's been popping.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
It's made for fans of films that really just want to see some great visuals, some amazing sequences and some terrific performances.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It's for people who thought there wasn't enough noise, blood, or violence in Hitman, Shoot 'Em Up, or Planet Terror.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The most interesting thing about Wanted is that its protagonist is one of the most unlikable action heroes in memory.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
You'll come for the action; you'll enjoy it more because of James McAvoy.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A string of hyper-stylised action sequences cut to ribbons so that you could hardly follow what was happening at any particular moment.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Despite the foreknowledge provided by advertisements, Morgan Freeman's appearance is almost surprising because Wanted has the tone of a second-rate action thriller that wouldn't normally get the time of day from the master of dialogue delivery.
Robert Davis - Paste Magazine
If you're one of those summer movie fanatics, the kind of person who values non-stop action and cutting-edge special effects to the exclusion of character and story, then the new movie "Wanted" is certainly the film you want to see
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Summer '08 has been full of decent, largely predictable rollercoaster rides, but here's one that's a little off-kilter, and kind of unique.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
For any red-blooded, alpha male who loves to masturbate while armed - this is your movie
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Isn't nearly as vile as the book and iis certainly watchable, but it's the first Comic Book film of the summer that fails to hit its target.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
It's definitely one of the better guilty pleasures of 2008...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
As slick and visually exciting as any movie I've seen since 'The Matrix.'
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
... exudes danger and desire, from the forbidden beauty of Angelina Jolie to a plot with more twists than M. Night Shyamalan's entire career (and that's not an exaggeration).
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
More Coherence Wanted
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Wanted is a purely fantastic nihilist's amusement park of action and never tries to be anything else, yet manages to rise above its "comic book movie" trappings by way of an intelligent, canny script.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
A cinematic Columbine filled with wanton carnage designed to validate the bloodlust of every ostracized loser stuck in a dead-end job and daydreaming of evening the score by going postal.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
The kind of thrill ride that they used to make more often during the summer season - an over-the-top action movie made strictly for adults. Keep your superheroes. Give me more of these.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
None of this adds up to much, but Bekmambetov executes it with verve, capping it all with his most inventive kill.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Wanted engages and even wows throughout, thanks to its exceptional visuals and something far more rare in a summer blockbuster: a stellar lead performance.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Simply wants to dazzle you for 100 minutes, at least enough to get you excited for the DVD release and yep, the eventual sequel. Count me in for both please.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
It's almost as if the filmmaker wants to lull audiences into thinking this is a conventional action movie, and then pull the rug out from under us...
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
It could have been worse--in the original graphic novel, the authors created a villain fashioned solely out of fecal products. Even sans Mr. Stool Head, this project stinks to high heaven.
Kimberly Gadette - LivePDX
Bekmambetov brings a kinetic energy to the picture that helps you forget--or at least ignore--its severely underdeveloped story.
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
Ultimately, watching Wanted feels like being privy to somebody else's unwholesome fantasy, one you'd rather not know about.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
So far, the quintessential summer movie, so absurd, slick and entertaining, it's an outright blast. Scarylina Jolie has never been quite so intimidating--or fun.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It's a goofy, giddy bit of escapism.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Not content to concentrate on mere mayhem, it aims for something more, and winds up achieving less, trying to pass off a heaping helping of the old ultra-violence as something visionary and profound.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
For those looking for an instinctively engaging zero to anti-hero tale, filled with all sorts of imaginative and hip visual shenanigans, one could do far worse than this offering.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Has the action you want from a summer blockbuster, and the Angelina Jolie you want from any movie, but the story is stupid.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Red-Bull-fueled adolescent male fantasy cribs from the past, while offering a few brain-splatting diversions of its own.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
An unapologetically brutish action-thriller that moves just fast enough to outrun its gaping flaws.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
Director Timur Bekmambetov's gimmicks and the A-list cast sell the nonsense.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
All hail Timur Bekmambetov and his stunt team. You will love the last line of the film.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The graphic violence is a huge detraction from what is an interesting story.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Simultaneously groundbreaking and breathtaking, Wanted is more than just one of the best films of 2008 -- it's one of the best action movies ever made.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Wanted is everything it promises with extra popcorn, employing state-of-the-art CG, sleek sports cars revving to blaring rock, gore galore, vivid chases and cool comeuppances.
Staci Layne Wilson - Sci-Fi Weekly
What Wanted lacks in terms of originality, it more than makes up for with style and excitement.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Criticizing Timur Bekmambetov for overkill is like dismissing Alfred Hitchcock for being fat.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
I've watched a movie that, while fiercely entertaining, made me fear for the emotional health of my gender. You have a problem with that?
Christopher Orr - New Republic
The effects and bloodshed gradually lose their power to provoke, and become thuddingly tedious - and with nothing else going for it beyond mere eye candy, Wanted leaves you wanting.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
When the characters are on the run, Wanted can be a bloodthirsty crowdpleaser, a passable action flick to while away the summer hours. When they're explaining themselves, you almost wish they'd stuck to their original calling and made rugs, not war.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
While "Wanted" is a comic book movie, the director, Kazakh filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, has wisely dumped a lot of the schoolboy nihilism that made Mark Millar's six-issue miniseries a sometimes disagreeable read.
Kurt Loder - MTV
The film's high proficiency is at the service of a concept that can most accurately be defined as sadomasochistic.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Should have the targeted fanboy crowd wetting their briefs over all the in-your-face violence.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Easily the most ferocious action film of the year and vindication for every Russian-vampire-movie nerd who told friends they had to see the director's earlier films.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The twist, though, is that the actor playing Wesley is James McAvoy... it's like casting Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate...His performance gives a fresh take to the action film.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The film pulls you by the scruff of the neck and makes you thankful for it. It releases every ounce of pent-up frustration and rage in your body.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
With a star-heavy cast, mind-blowing visuals and more blood than a vampire flick, this modern-day fantasy about an ages-old brotherhood of assassins is an over-the-top guilty pleasure.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The stylized violence and unapologetically ludicrous action sequences are the selling point, and Wanted delivers those by the blood-soaked truckload.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
McAvoy delivers a strikingly nuanced performance as Wesley and Bekmambatov puts a high gloss on the increasing preposterous goings on, but in the end it's an idiot fable, all sound and fury signifying nothing.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This is the summer's most dangerous, delirious jolt to the system.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
All in all, Wanted does not work. To enjoy it, one must forgo the untidy sum and revel in the remarkable parts.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Set off the fireworks BIG TIME. This is the heart-stopping,,extreme summer action movie of your dreams.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
Angelina Jolie has evolved. As of Wanted, she is no longer merely mortal, but her own sublime creature.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
This is cinema for people who slow down at car wrecks.
David Jenkins - Time Out
Timur Bekmambetov, who blew away the Russian box office with "Night Watch," makes his English language debut with a bang, succeeding spectacularly at what last year's "Shoot 'Em Up" tried and died with.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
ou either go with the fantasy and enjoy the impossible acts of kinetic creativity or get stuck in the preposterousness of the premise and the flippant execution.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Wanted succeeds in making a strong impression rather than a lasting one.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wanted has action scenes and special effects that are so amazing that I broke the "Silence is Golden" rule 4 or 5 times because I couldn't stop yelling "Wow!"
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
It's a disgusting film that obviously should have been rated NC-17 for its obnoxious level of gross and excessive violence. ... But, even if the movie were properly rated, it would still be absolutely awful.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Director Timur Bekmambetov can't decide on a tone, and the film feels by turns ridiculous and dead serious.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The film keeps artificially pumping your adrenal glands with mindless, malnutritional sensations, only to leave you crampy and cranky minutes later.
David Fear - Time Out New York
If Maxim magazine ever decides to branch out into filmmaking, Wanted is just the kind of ear-throttling nonsense it's bound to produce.
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
For most of its running time, 'Wanted' makes a virtue of outlandishness.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The audience is made uncomfortably complicit in a callous and hypocritical game in which any and all human life becomes secondary to a momentary movie thrill.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
there are more than enough original thrills to distance Wanted from its assorted predecessors
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Alive with stylistic innovation and impressively clean storytelling. The experience is close to exhilarating.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
When we, the audience, are confronted directly at the end and asked "what the #$!% have you done lately?" at least you can readily answer, "well, I sure didn't make a film as crappy as Wanted."
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Nasty, twisted, pulpy, and brutally violent.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
"...if they're not careful, those Marvel superheroes better watch out. Wanted could usurp their position as 2008's best popcorn escape.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
I'm going to commit a film-critic sin and suggest Wanted is a better movie from director Timur Bekmambetov than the acclaimed films he made in his native Russia.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
"Wanted" is a loud and explosive extravaganza of film editing, stunt work and cinematic hocus-pocus that adds up to close to two hours of escapist fun.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
The script's twists and turns aren't nearly as clever as the writers pretend, and after a while, the movie's gleeful approach to nihilism proves wearying.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Wanted tries oh so hard to be the next Matrix, but despite insane amounts of action, falls short.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
The action and CGI effects alone would make 'Wanted' worth seeing, but it's Angelina Jolie's stunning and focused work that dazzled me.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Without characters to care about, this kinetic, violent shoot-em-up is merely a showcase for Russian director Timur Bekmambetov. But the violence on screen is nothing compared to the kind of bludgeoning given to your suspension of disbelief.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
One of the cheerfully insane, visually extraordinary and compulsively entertaining action blockbusters to emerge from Hollywood in a long, long time.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Empty and condescending and superficial.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
an exciting, edge-of-your-seat summer flick.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
It carries a bitter aftertaste, but by those low standards, it's a considerable success.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
There's no denying that Bekmambetov can direct an exciting action scene.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Wes encapsulates the tone of this whole misfired production with a single line: "We get our orders from a loom." That pretty much hits the bull's-eye.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
Bloodlust aside, the director has remarkable visual ideas and a fine sense of pacing. He blends slow, fast and normal speeds cleverly, making old tricks look new, and does amazing things with cars.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
An optical flame-thrower for the first hour, with the director pulling out all the stops to announce Wanted as a film cocked and loaded with exclamation points pointed in all directions.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
"Wanted" is exactly what it is supposed to be: a slick, well-produced piece of popcorn fluff with a hot chick, hot cars and enough action to fill a half-dozen Marvel adaptations.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Sometimes you want to listen to a symphony, sometimes you want to listen to a beautifully crafted pop song. But sometimes you want to crank the speakers and bang your head, and that's why God (and Timur Bekmambetov) gave you Wanted.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Wanted demands a high level of credulity, but in exchange it offers some rewards: improbable car-chases, gritty hand-to-hand combat and the sight of Angelina Jolie poured into her pants and packing a pistol.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Fans of the Nightwatch series will recognize the curiously sour nature of the father-son storyline. Coupled with the blood and body count, it makes for a strangely bleak summer movie, but a welcome, offbeat 'B' for the strong of stomach.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Permission for unhappy office drones to go on a killing spree.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Distorts your view of reality, ripping up the screen with a distinctive style that bends time, scale and motion at its whim.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It's just unfortunate that this interpretation of Wanted has such a ramshackle narrative.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
an eye-goggling, grin-inducing, thought-provoking hybrid of the SF and superhero genres that, unusually, aims its guns directly at an adult audience, while deftly outshooting all the competition.
Anton Bitel - musicOMH.com
Wanted is absolutely relentless and deliciously nasty %u2013 a film made for action junkies tolerant of messy plots and underdeveloped supporting characters.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Bekmambetov wastes no opportunity to arouse his audience.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
a mad cross between Busby Berkeley and the demolition derby with grace somehow trumping brute force
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
[S]imultaneously feel[s] exhilaratingly like one of the most cleverly original action scripts in years and... comfortably reminiscent of a slew of hero's-journey adventures...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Simon Abrams - New York Press
Delivers slam-bang action entertainment, and does it while putting a surprising twist on the archetypal heroic journey.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
As the body count rises, so does the portentous tone, and the relentlessness of Bekmambetov's overamped style becomes oppressive.
David Ansen - Newsweek
If it's spellbinding special effects and high-wire acts you crave, Wanted should be at the top of your list for big budget thrill rides.
Malina Saval - Premiere Magazine
Wanted is bull****, but it's inventive bull**** - and that is what makes it different from about 95% of all the other, more generic action movies out there!
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Speaking of bodies, Jolie's is here front and center, her svelte frame slinking across the screen with an alluring animalism magnified by the steamy twinkle in her eyes and sensual gestures as small as a wave of the hand or a shrug of the shoulder.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
McAvoy crashes the A-list, Jolie finally gets to be as big a star on screen as she has been in print, and Bekmambetov proves the most exciting action-oriented emigre since John Woo.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Wanted is as stylish as it is foolish, but it has one thing going for it: exploding rats.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
The action genre hasn't felt this fresh and alive since 1999 and the Wachowskis.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
A virtual Walter Mitty fantasy that explodes across the screen.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
If you like your summer popcorn movies to be bloody, frenetic, energized, adrenaline-pumping and utterly bananas, Wanted is the movie you've been awaiting.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Possesses a 'wow' factor that will make it one of the summer's biggest hits...an unabashed testosterone-adrenaline cocktail spiced up with a dollop of torture-porn bloodlust.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Bekmambetov ups the ante on turning cult comic books into big-screen adventures with this hyper-kinetic, viscerally thrilling, supercharged transformation of a nerd into a superhero.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
I "wanted" to love Wanted but I only liked it. It's Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups and you've never seen action like this before, but the script really could have used a polish.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Call it the fast and the furious Russian style: Bekmambetov has made a fast moving, relentlessly violent film that injects visceral frills and thrills into the action genre with a cool and sardonic sensibility that would please Tarantino and Rodriguez
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Wanted's a corporate product, but, thankfully, it's an excellent one -- the two-fisted, double-barreled high-octane guilty pleasure summer action movie you've been waiting for.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
Angelina's first line in the movie is "You apologize too much." The movie itself never does
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
This is a film that I didn't expect to like, and very slowly, it started to grow on me. By the action packed finale, I was cheering out loud!
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine