Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West (1999)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 30, 1999
DVD Release Date: November 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script.

Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

The movie is exhausting, utterly without feeling, and pointless -- though Smith looks great in his Western outfit.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A god awful committee made action film that falls apart at the seams by every passing minute.

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Paul Clinton (CNN.com)

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

For pure summer escapism, you could do far worse.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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?

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

For maximum entertainment, a movie can't afford to waste so much time being its own carnival barker, relentlessly trying to drum up interest.

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Peter Bradshaw

It's exasperating. Best to give a miss to a movie whose title should be Mild, Mild Zest, or just Failed, Failed Jest.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
As Ebert said, all concept and no content. Will Smith is just playing the fresh prince on the west. Kline and Branagh do what they can to save this thing, but… More
Conner Rainwater
I used to love this movie when it came out and I still do. In film history, it stands as the most outrageous and flat out weird western to ever be made. It… More
Lucas Martins
Looks fun, but, Wild Wild West, is a pure crap.
Chris Weber
Westerns are cool. They're an American institution, and steampunk has its merits, but this movie is all over the place, and, while some of it is amusing,… More
Alex roy
Wild Wild West is a very poorly executed action film. Barry Sonnenfeld only has one good film under his belt (Men in Black) and the rest are garbage, but Wild… More
Lady D'arbanville
A couple of amusing moments, but on the whole not one of Smith's better films, very easily forgotten