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A Million Ways to Die in the West

Western . Comedy

As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

Actors: Matt Clark , Wes Studi , Christopher Hagen , Sarah Silverman , Giovanni Ribisi , Neil Patrick Harris , Amanda Seyfried , Liam Neeson , Charlize Theron , Seth MacFarlane
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Country: USA
Release: 2014-05-30
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  • Kyle Smith

    I laughed more at Seth MacFarlane’s sendup of ’60s Westerns than I did at all the other comedies I’ve seen this year, combined.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Theron proved her comedy chops in the underrated Young Adult, and here she and MacFarlane get along like two eager puppies. If MacFarlane indulges in self-flattery by keeping in all the times this babe bursts into laughter at his jokes, he's forgiven; at least we feel like the characters are actually listening to each other.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    McFarlane goes as goofy as you’d expect, but there’s a fairly soft and traditional center lurking inside this hard-R candy.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Like "Blazing Saddles", A Million Ways to Die in the West has a slew of comic set-ups and one-liners that kill. And, as with Mel Brooks' classic 1974 film, it steps unabashedly into vulgar terrain.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    I don't know if A Million Ways to Die in the West will turn any of the MacFarlane haters into fans. But for those of us who have remained on the fence until now, his raunchy, rat-a-tat parody is proof that beneath all of the bratty immaturity lays the head and heart of an outrageous quick-draw satirist.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    An inventive and caustic comedy that really does look like the thing it's mocking.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    While the whole thing feels weirdly miscalculated to me, A Million Ways to Die in the West tweaks the formula just enough, delivers a few laughs and keeps the guest stars coming. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    In more ways than one, MacFarlane is trying to outgross Mel Brooks.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    That’s not to say that MacFarlane’s film isn’t funny, but rather that his creative talent could benefit from more judicious editing and focus. MacFarlane’s id runs rampant with no signs of a superego (internal or external) to rein it in.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    In A Million Ways to Die in the West, MacFarlane loads up enough zaniness to make for a generally enjoyable mashup, particularly because the genial plot affords him a solid backdrop.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The real problem with A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of editing. There are a million jokes in it, but only 500,000 of them are funny.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Call this cowpoke comedy "Blazing Saddles" for millennials. Or just call it icky.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ed Frankl

    So much is thrown at the wall that some of it's got to stick - comedy for comedy's sake, if you will - and while that doesn't make for a great film necessarily, it certainly doesn't make for a bad one.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    This is a movie that -- in addition to being exceedingly well-cast and surprisingly well-shot -- is gleefully inappropriate and indulgently crass at every turn.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    MacFarlane’s follow-up feels less like a film than like an extremely long, fairly inspired live-action episode of Family Guy, one that’s only as strong as the latest gag or riff. And this being a Seth MacFarlane production, those gags and riffs are of varying levels of quality.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Michael Chen

    Despite the constant threat of untimely death, though, the consequences never seem too dire, and MacFarlane’s irreverent humor feels subdued without the jolt of animation that gave his previous big-screen effort, "Ted," an extra oomph of shock and awe.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    There are plenty of very funny jokes in the movie, but near-fatal lulls whenever it tries to make MacFarlane into a romantic lead or a genuinely inspiring hero — in other words, whenever it tries to make us like him.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    A Million Ways To Die In The West certainly has merits, and in some ways, it is a step forward for MacFarlane, but it is also deeply undisciplined, and it undercuts its own best instincts in ways I find almost unbearably frustrating.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    The moments of absurdity land with a wonderfully weird grace, while the desperately vulgar gags about sex and scatology echo and crash as though they were being uttered in a middle-school boys’ restroom.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    As far as the actors are concerned, Liam Neeson seems to be having fun hamming it up as the villain - a role he rarely gets to play.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    MacFarlane is a very funny dude, and there are times A Million Ways to Die is indeed funny. But too often the movie feels half-baked.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A Million Ways to Die in the West seems serious about only one thing: its contempt for the gun-crazed macho ethos exalted in countless Hollywood westerns. You might call the movie “Revenge of the Übernerd.”

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    ’Round these parts, when a movie promises a million laughs but only delivers a dozen chuckles, that’s a hanging offense.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Stocking the supporting cast with top-drawer talent, he gives most of his costars little to do besides attract our attention on movie posters.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Whenever MacFarlane — who has enough trouble maintaining basic continuity — has to stage a fight or choreograph a musical number, the whole thing falls apart.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    As director and writer, MacFarlane appears to have forgotten everything about cinematic standards of pacing, characterization and meaningful smut, resulting in an encore that's slow, sketchy and dumb-dirty.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Spiritually, it's closer to a mid-range crowd-pleaser such as City Slickers than Blazing Saddles, too enamoured of genre convention to reach for the comic dynamite.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Some of the gags do land — maybe one in four. But the genre-parody genre with big stars and poop jokes needs a little more class than MacFarlane is capable of providing.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    In the end, Albert’s biggest problem isn’t the threat of coyotes or cholera. It’s that he’s being played by the wrong guy.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    MacFarlane's film is too broad, too dumb, too offensive to justify the meager laughs it generates.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Seth MacFarlane has delivered a flaccid all-star farce that’s handsomely dressed up with nowhere to go for most of its padded two-hour running time.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It’s clear what MacFarlane is shooting for — nothing less than the chance to be both the Bob Hope and the Mel Brooks of his generation. Be careful what you wish for.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Seth MacFarlane wants to be a movie star in the worst way. A Million Ways to Die in the West is result of this longing, a long/longer/longest comedy with long waits between jokes and longer waits between those that work. Thus, does his leading man career begin and end with a “worst way” Western.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Some of it sputters, settling for smiles instead of laughs, and much of it flounders while the slapdash script searches, at exhausting length, for ever more common denominators in toilet humor.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    This movie feels like it has a million jokes, and every single one arrives with a lethal thud.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Almost approaches so-bad-you-need-to-see-it categorization. Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The things that stay with you are the dull, boilerplate love story, the laziest performance of Liam Neeson’s career as a murderous gunslinger and the distracting amount of makeup Seth MacFarlane sports in the film.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    All the whiny point-scoring is such an explicit appeal for audience sympathy that the dialogue feels derived from a malnourished stand-up routine.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    A relentlessly unfunny, charmless send-up of better films with better ideas. Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Given an inch by the surprise success of his raunchy teddy-bear romp Ted, writer-director-star MacFarlane now takes a drastically overlong mile with a film that flatters his moderate talent and subzero leading-man charisma at every turn.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    MacFarlane’s making no effort to push the envelope, which is something of a relief, but nor is he winning anyone around to his increasingly desperate stylings as a nerd-turned-bully.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Plenty of comedies aren't funny, but this one is more than that. It's wholeheartedly narcissistic in its portrait of male petulance and self-pity.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It’s a lifeless, meandering, overlong (116 minutes!) trudge through the oversized ego of its creator, full of wrong-headed humor and inept filmmaking.

    The Playlist Full Review
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