Longing to get out of the assassination business, a hit man (Bill Nighy) decides not to follow through with his latest assignment to kill a pretty art thief (Emily Blunt).
" Nothing works. "
" Since irony is so often director Jonathan Lynn's weapon of choice, Wild Target should have been a good fit. It's not quite. "
" Wild Target is the kind of movie that actually uses that angry-cat-yowl sound. That is the kind of movie that Wild Target is. "
" Attractive and charismatic actors can do nothing to save a movie that's charmless, pointless and witless. "
" Wild Target takes aim at various styles and genres and misses the mark every time. "
" 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. "
" A very French 1993 farce gets a less comfortable British redo in Wild Target, a hectic, charm-challenged comedy about a fussy bachelor hitman who can't bring himself to off a winsome thief. "
" It's never a good idea to cast Bill Nighy as a buttoned-down hit man. "
" The film has to fly by its wits -- and its witty lines -- and by the charm of its stars. This it does, just barely. "
" [An] unlovable, seldom funny Brit comedy. "
" Practically a text book in how ugly things can get when you don't have the right, light touch for this sort of thing. "
" All of this busyness drains away the film's charm, turning what might have been a naughty and whimsical frolic into something glib, hectic and sour. "
" Nothing feels like it's been properly thought through, highlighted by the fact that Nighy's 'super assassin' goes about his business by merely opening fire on a crowded market place (using a silencer, of course!). "
" There have been a lot of black comedies about assassins lately -- there have been a few just this year -- but Wild Target may be the first one to contain genuine laughs. "
" It's entertainment designed to resemble a good time without aspiring to provide one. "
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