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Reviews: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

million_ways_to_die_in_the_westReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Vestern još nije mrtav, ali MacFarlane pokazuje kako postoje brojni nacini da mu se dode glave.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Seth McFarlane afronta parodiar el Género entre los Géneros con el respeto que merece y sin dejar de ser fiel a sí mismo. El resultado es una película simpática y divertida, salpicada de genialidades pero que no alcanza la calidad de trabajos anteriores.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: In spite of its considerable problems, ‘A Million Ways’ holds the viewer’s attention, for the same reason ‘Ted’ did: in spite of itself, it’s a likable picture.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I suppose I was looking forward to “A Million Ways to Die in the West” just a little too much for my own good.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film’s most inventive running gag involves what must be a MacFarlane obsession with the classic stiff subjects of Old West photographs.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: This is a vanity project from the get-go, and you have to believe that MacFarlane was simply unwilling to cut his own material. That’s too bad, because “A Million Ways to Die in the West” would only have benefitted from gutting it by half an hour.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: A Million Ways to Die in the West has a clever and sometimes hilarious setup, but it has no idea how to follow through on it.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Seth MacFarlane stars in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ which centres on a cowardly farmer’s bid for love that forces him into a gunfight with an opponent way out of his league.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: In this vanity project, Seth MacFarlane’s vulgar but just not funny.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Whether it be that nobody ever smiles in photographs or that medicine was so bad, going to the doctor could actually make you worse. Most of Seth MacFarlane’stargets are clever and unique.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Director, producer, and star Seth MacFarlane laments the epic romantic tragedy of Seth MacFarlane, who deserves a beautiful girlfriend because he’s “nice.”
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: Cut in the mould of “Blazing Saddles” but never finding the same level of finesse or invention, MacFarlane’s lampoon is fitfully amusing despite its vast length and scattershot screenplay.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Short on laugh-out-loud comedy beats – while also failing to find the “heart” that made similar genre farces (like Blazing Saddles) timeless comedy classics.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Even when individual bits and a general affability make somewhat more of an impression than the movie as a whole, this fun-while-it-lasts lark is hard to dislike through the dead spots a tumbleweed could blow through. It shouldn’t kill you.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: The problem with the screenplay, written by MacFarlane and his two writing partners from Ted and Family Guy, is that it tries to combine an irreverent and absurdist parody with a Judd Apatow-style rom-com where a common schlub hooks up with one of the world’s most beautiful women simply because he’s a “nice guy”. If MacFarlane’s overblown ego didn’t lead him to unwisely cast himself in the part, it would have Seth Rogen’s name written all over it.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but a true celebration of the art of the past takes it, embraces it and moves it forward. Seth MacFarlane hasn’t quite learned that lesson yet with A Million Ways to Die in the West a prime example of how to imitate, but not innovate.
  • Dan Lybarger @
    • Excerpt: MacFarlane should have Watched Blazing Saddles instead of remaking it.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus Magazine of SWFL
    • Excerpt: Let us just say that edgy huckster Seth MacFarlane and his irreverent western romp A Million Ways to Die in the West will not make the legendary Mel Brooks or his iconic Blazing Saddles lose sleep anytime soon…the covered wagons suffer from the wobbly wheels of strained laughs in the outlandish but uneven West.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: This is a full-blooded (in more ways than one) Western that pokes fun at the genre but also thrives in recreating a good old-fashioned B-movie oater.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: “A Million Ways to Die in the West is simply a film that should have been funnier.”
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Of the hundred or so gags, jokes, and one-liners that comic genius Seth MacFarlane throws at the wall over the course of this bawdy and sometimes grotesque Western comedy, nearly half of them connect with a funny bone.
  • Mel Valentin @
    • Excerpt: Rude, Crude, MacFarlane
  • Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine
Updated: June 15, 2015 — 1:31 pm

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