BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: A Million Ways To Die In The West Reviews

By Drax Largo on May 30th, 2014

Critic Review for A Million Ways to Die in the West

via Rotten Tomatoes

If you measure a comedy by how many times you laughed, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, at least for me, is a middling success.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

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Despite all the costumes, stunt work, and locations in Monument Valley, this big-budget western spoof by Seth MacFarlane is too glib to live up to its potential.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

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But for all its hit-and-miss jokes, there are lots of ways to die laughing at this Western raunchfest.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

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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.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Vulture

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Yes, there are a million ways to die in the west. Boredom shouldn’t be one of them.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

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This movie feels like it has a million jokes, and every single one arrives with a lethal thud.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Overly crude jokes and gross-out humor drag comedy down.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media

Quite clever, and the fact that you never really know what the film is going to toss your way is part of the fun. A solidly goofy romp.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Aisle Seat

Aisle Seat

MacFarlane’s “Million Ways” has an equal affinity for both the laughs and the Western landscape.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Examiner

The script squanders many opportunities for real laughs and it continually plays it safe with sophomoric humor that would create giggles in middle-schoolers.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

The problem isn’t just that MacFarlane is a bad actor, but that Anna’s character makes absolutely no sense.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Saddles that should blaze in A Million Ways to Die in the West only spit-sizzle, so Mel Brooks is still king, and it’s good to be that.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times

The movie, which MacFarlane directed and cowrote with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, is clever about its anachronisms. You stay surprised.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Grantland


A Million Ways to Die moseys unmercifully through a plot whose length can’t sustain its comic invention although once in a while it leaps to a kind of demented life.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Canada.com


In A Million Ways to Die in the West, director-star Seth MacFarlane builds an imposing, affectionate reconstruction of the American movie West, then defaces it with funny mustaches — often literally.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Orange County Register

Orange County Register

[MacFarlane] has leading-man looks, but is uneasy in his first onscreen performance; he practically jabs the audience in the ribs after every gag or punch line, pushing his product like a used car salesman desperate to make a sale.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

Tumbleweeds literally blow between the laughs of this lackluster comedy.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: The Backlot

The Backlot

Seth MacFarlane’s comedy western boasts gags galore – some a lot cruder than others. But the hits outnumber the misses.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Total Film

Total Film

For me, Seth MacFarlane is a bit like the Ron Paul of comedy, with three good ideas for every one REALLY bad one, three genuinely funny gags to one so bad it makes me groan until I start to see flashy things in my field of vision.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: FilmDrunk


For a man who mocks pop culture so well he can barely pull of the most American of pop culture, the western.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Examiner.com


[MacFarlane] has written himself the only part with anything to do. Putting him at the center of the film was suicide.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Deadspin


The laughs come a decent enough clip, but McFarlane’s satirical sights are slightly off. He could’ve aimed a little higher a little more often.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: MLive.com


Raunchy and irreverent, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” proves there are a million ways to laugh in the West.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

After the success of Ted, Seth MacFarlane gives himself his first leading-man role in this hilarious but overlong comedy-Western.

May 30, 2014Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com