A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

An ambitious and sexy con artist uses every tool at her disposal to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her mobster lover. To help in her plan, she woo's first her lover's deadly henchman and then his attorney, eventually falling… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 15, 1988
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smartly written, smoothly directed, and solidly cast, A Fish Called Wanda offers a classic example of a brainy comedy with widespread appeal.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Perhaps the most unusual aspect of what is surely the year's most original and daring comedy is that John Cleese is not the funniest performer in it. Believe it or not, that honor goes to none other than the usually somber Kevin Kline.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The movie's basic joke holds that the overbearing, unselfconscious Americans will do anything and say anything (and usually as loudly as possible), while the timorous British are nearly too polite to breathe.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The key to Wanda's comedy is the ever-shifting loyalties of its four nutty main characters.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Somehow, the movie manages to do the impossible: It makes John Cleese less than hilarious.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Wanda defies gravity, in both senses of the word, and redefines a great comic tradition.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A Fish Called Wanda is vintage black comedy, British-style -- a cruel, dastardly, down-and-dirty jewel-robbery romp that pits thief against thief, while entangling an innocent bystander in the web of greed, romance and decidedly cockeyed high jinks.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Low comedy at high speed, it pretends to be a caper movie about a smooth London jewel heist and its infinitely complex aftermath. Actually, it's a smart farce about ingrained cultural differences.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Like many of the best English comedies, much of the humor here is based on character, good-natured high spirits, and fairly uninhibited vulgarity.

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James White
Total Film

Cleese's cracking script gives it a solid foundation, but it's the supporting cast who make this movie wanda-ful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Kevin Kline is one of my all time favorites and he shines alongside Cleese, Curtis and Palin in an all time classic comedy.
Lucas Martins
Terrible funny and clever, A Fish Called Wanda it's a great comedy film with outstanding performances. Fresh.
Daniel Perry
It took me three attempts to get through this film, and everyone I've told about the challenge it presented me has looked at me like I have three heads. I… More
KJ Proulx
"A Fish Called Wanda" is classic comedy at it's finest. However, I mean this in the moments that fall aside the fact that many scenes offended me… More
Kevin M. Williams
John Cleese penned this farce on Brit/American "friendly" relations to hysterical effect as a jewelry store robbery and a search for the missing booty… More
Aj V
A very funny action comedy movie with a great cast, especially Cleese. Not one of the best comedies of the 80s, as some people say, but it's worth… More