Wild Wild West
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Special government agent James West, long on charm and wit, and special government agent Artemus Gordon, a master of disguises and a brilliant inventor of gadgets large and small, are each sent to track down the diabolical genius Dr. Arliss Loveless. Loveless is plotting to assassinate the President of the United States with the aid of his monstrously huge walking weapon-transport vehicle called The Tarantula. West and Gordon begin as competitors but soon pool their talents to become a wily team of operatives who trust each other... most of the time.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is exhausting, utterly without feeling, and pointless -- though Smith looks great in his Western outfit."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"In the tradition of such unwatchable blockbusters as Armageddon, Con Air, and Godzilla comes Wild Wild West, yet another cinematic Spruce Goose that illustrates how bigger is rarely better."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"For pure summer escapism, you could do far worse."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"The Curse of the Recycled TV Series strikes again as director Barry Sonnenfeld manages to transform a mildly amusing mid-'60s TV show into a bloated big-screen bore."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Wild Wild West might once have had aspirations of becoming a grand Hollywood entertainment. Along the way, though, it turned into something far more routine, a slick and predictable piece of moviemaking that's ultimately routine and humdrum."
‑ Philip Booth, Orlando Weekly
"The result? A cautionary tale about boys and their toys and what happens when a star, Will Smith, and a director, Barry Sonnenfeld, are given way too much money to play with."
‑ Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com
"Unfortunately, Smith's abundant charm is squandered by making him play second fiddle to a bunch of dumb machines that look like rejected maquettes from a Star Wars brainstorming session."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's exasperating. Best to give a miss to a movie whose title should be Mild, Mild Zest, or just Failed, Failed Jest."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The script is remorselessly smutty, the one-liners are below average and the giant mechanical spider climax endlessly drawn out, but the wildly inventive gizmos give entertainment value and draw a shield over the numerous flaws."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Those expecting the quick wit and inventiveness of the television series will certainly be disappointed, as will those who expect the hip suavity that one usually gets from any performance by Will Smith."
‑ Hal Hinson, New Times
"Wild, Wild West poses this not very pressing question: Can a comedy costing something north of $100 million hope to succeed solely on the basis of special effects, cross-dressing and a vertically challenged villain?"
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"For maximum entertainment, a movie can't afford to waste so much time being its own carnival barker, relentlessly trying to drum up interest."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Bolstered by a subtly funny supporting turn by Kevin Kline and a scenery-chewing performance by Kenneth Branagh, Smith carries the movie with his signature ease."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"A hundred or so minutes of missable anti-entertainment."
‑ , Total Film
"Handcuffed to this blockbuster of all blockbusters and sprawled in our reclining seats, we pass the time counting familiar scenes from other movies."
‑ Dayana Stetco, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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