A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West


A Million Ways to Die in the West.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  A cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, and as a result, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. Then, a mysterious and beautiful woman arrives in town, helping him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. Alas, she has a husband, a notorious outlaw, who comes to town and, now, the farmer must test his newfound courage. This comedy premieres on VOD on Tuesday, October 7. While some critics would disagree, according to Chicago Sun-Times, the film is “Wrapped candy. A real treat, reserved for only the most pampered back in the Old West.”

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Seth MacFarlane
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Western




New York Post says, “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.”

The Village Voice notes, “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.”

Chicago Sun-Times calls it “Wrapped candy. A real treat, reserved for only the most pampered back in the Old West.”

USA Today thinks, “The premise is humorous and the performances winning, so the reliance on raunch seems unnecessary and its gross-out gags off-putting.”

Entertainment Weekly gives the movie a B rating, and further writes, “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.”

The San Francisco Chronicle notes, “Between the laughs, it’s a plea for the city over open space, the sophisticated over the homespun, life over death, and modernity over superstition. This makes it not only funny, but refreshing.”

The Christian Science Monitor thinks, “It’s a hit-or-miss extravaganza – a western spoof that tries to make “Blazing Saddles” look tame by comparison. In more ways than one, MacFarlane is trying to outgross Mel Brooks.”

The Washington Post says, “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.”

Los Angeles Times notes, “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.”

According to The New York Times, ““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 Hollywood Reporter thinks, “Stocking the supporting cast with top-drawer talent, he gives most of his costars little to do besides attract our attention on movie posters; that ruse might yield some results on opening weekend, but won’t be able to carry the picture to the kind of profitability enjoyed by Ted.”

New York Daily News writes, “Seth MacFarlane triumphed with his 2012 comedy “Ted,” so he then decided he would not only co-write, direct and produce his next movie, he’d star in it as well. And that’s the problem with “A Million Ways to Die in the West”: There was no one on set to lasso MacFarlane’s lesser instincts.”

The Boston Globe says, “You can love him or hate him, but with the cheerfully terrible sagebrush comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” 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.”

The Wall Street Journal notes, “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.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks, “This movie feels like it has a million jokes, and every single one arrives with a lethal thud.”

According to Miami Herald, “There are enough laughs scattered throughout A Million Ways to Die in the West that while you’re watching it, the movie seems like a passable comedy. By the time you get home, though, you can barely remember the jokes.”

Chicago Tribune writes, “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.”

New York Magazine (Vulture) thinks, “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.”

The Arizona Republic says, “Offensive humor can be really funny. But if you’re going to be really offensive, you have to be really funny, and “A Million Ways to Die” just isn’t.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes, “’Round these parts, when a movie promises a million laughs but only delivers a dozen chuckles, that’s a hanging offense.”

The Austin Chronicle writes, “The film’s modern language keeps A Million Ways grounded as a spoof. And although it seems foolish to discredit something for its surfeit of humor, MacFarlane can only improve as a filmmaker by honing his storytelling skills and swallowing some anti-diarrheals.”

Rolling Stone thinks, “For all its hit-and-miss jokes, there are lots of ways to die laughing at this Western raunchfest.”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune notes, “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.”

Tampa Bay Times says, “Seth MacFarlane’s frontier farce neither rips nor roars, a surprisingly flat-footed followup to his audacious debut Ted. 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.”

The Oregonian says, “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.”

Salon thinks, “That’s exactly the terrain we’re in here, and 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. I don’t think it’s a “Ted”-scale hit, but it’s probably not a bomb.”

The Guardian says, “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 Telegraph writes, “A Million Ways to Die in the West has a defeated sort of feel, a merely stuck quality. It’s FLATLY atrocious – just so much unamusing tumbleweed.”

IndieWire notes, “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.”

According to CineVue, “A Million Ways to Die in the West is an out-of-control firebrand parody – with fart jokes.”

The Dissolve says, “MacFarlane is so naturally gifted at delivering glib laughs that he doesn’t really need to try, and A Million Ways To Die In The West would benefit from a lot more effort and a little less of MacFarlane’s cavalier confidence.”

TimeOut New York writes, “The one-liners and sight gags hit more than they miss, and numerous cameos are a delight”

Hitfix thinks, “”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. By this point, you probably know if he makes you laugh or not. This will not be the film that changes anyone’s mind in either direction.”

The Wrap notes, “If you grade a comedy by how frequently you chuckle, then “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is funny enough, with laughs being generated by old-west profanity, random cameos, and the fact that many of these 19th century characters speak with, like, you know, a contemporary patois.”

Reelviews says, “In A Million Ways to Die in the West, too many gags are labored, repetitive, or predictable. There are enough high points sprinkled throughout to make the movie of passable value to MacFarlane fans. Others, however, are likely to be unimpressed, offended, or just plain bored.”

A.V. Club gives the movie a C- rating, and further writes, “A Million Ways suffers from an inability to maintain consistent characters or to make plot funny.”

According to Movie Nation, ““Million Ways” is strictly D.O.A.”

RogerEbert.com thinks, “A failure on nearly every level, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” almost approaches so-bad-you-need-to-see-it categorization.”

Slant Magazine writes, “The film fails the wager early and often, but the ticket-buyers who’ve never encountered this humor before—probably preteen boys—will love it.”

Film.com gives the movie a 2.2 rating, and further notes, “A relentlessly unfunny, charmless send-up of better films with better ideas.”

TimeOut London says, “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.”

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


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