Wanted Reviews

  • 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

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