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MOVIE REVIEWS: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

May 30, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The overwhelming number of movie critics have surrounded A Million Ways to Die in the West, their guns blazing, not to mention their saddles. “This movie feels like it has a million jokes, and every single one arrives with a lethal thud,” writes Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Similarly, Michael O’Sullivan comments in the Washington Post: “There are a million jokes in it, but only 500,000 of them are funny.” Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal remarks that the movie “flounders while the slapdash script searches, at exhausting length, for ever more common denominators in toilet humor.” Nevertheless, the guys in the white hats have arrived as well, although they’re clearly outnumbered. Among them is Kyle Smith of the New York Post, who acknowledges, “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. I even laughed as much as I did at Noah. MacFarlane … has a wider comic imagination than Blazing Saddles. For every so-so gag, there are three genius ones.” Rafer Guzmán in Newsday calls the film “another example of MacFarlane’s ability to mix poop jokes with romance, foul language with sweet sentiment, offensive humor with boyish charm.” And Stephen Holden in the New York Times fires back at the crowd of naysayers: “This flighty comedy, which imagines itself a son of Blazing Saddles, demolishes the heroic mystique of the Old West with the nose-thumbing glee of a rambunctious brat who has just crawled out of a fetid mud puddle.”

  • Anonymous

    I’m an old guy. I laughed more at “a million ways…” than I have in a decade. This is a smart funny movie, with a very good cast doing good work. The cinematography and music are first-rate. It’s as good as “Ted.”

    I just don’t understand the negative reviews. I think there are more Seth-haters out there in middle America than anyone imagined. This movie is as good as “Blazing Saddles.” Dare I say, (dare, dare) in some ways, better.