The Grade Book: “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

"A Million Ways to Die in the West" (2014) - The Grade Book - We Live Film

Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways Dead on Arrival

Plot: In 1882 Arizona, Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) is down on his luck. After being dumped by his vain girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried), Albert becomes friends with the newest gunslinger on the block, Anna (Charlize Theron).

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Writers: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild

Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris

Genre: Comedy, Western

Running Time:  1 hours, 56 minutes

U.S. Release Date: May 30, 2014

MPAA Rating: R




(Lowest Grade: D , Highest Grade: A)

CONSENSUS: A Million Ways to Die in the West is a step in the wrong direction from Seth MacFarlane’s 2012’s box office hit Ted. There’s no question this film is loaded with juvenile antics. Few work, while others are train-wrecks. Fortunately, the cameos are the perfect distraction from mediocrity.


Critic Reviews for A Million Ways to Die in the West

Gabriel Alcantara

Grade: C

A Million Ways… Forget dying, Seth MacFarlane seemed to find a million ways to disappoint his audience. Sure, the chemistry between MacFarlane and Charlize Theron was nice, and the film was entertaining to a certain degree, but goddammit, this film wasn’t funny.

Tony Estrada

Grade: B-

I was disappointed in this film. It is a well-directed film, but the problem is actually the writing and overall structure on the story. Seth MacFarlane makes most of the jokes feel forced just shoving them down our throats trying to be funny but instead just fails at doing so. Sarah Silverman as the whore having sex with tons of men, but not Giovanni Ribisi because she wants to have sex with him when they get married plus being Christian was utterly ridiculous. Sarah Silverman and Giovanni Ribisi didn’t need to be in the film and didn’t serve any purpose. You actually see cum on a woman’s face and there’s an outrageously disgusting and unnecessary minute-long scene with a man taking a crap in a hat. For goodness sake Seth MacFarlane, I’m eating popcorn and drinking fruit punch watching your film.

Some scenes do feel added just for the sake of the running time being longer. There are some hilarious moments such as the cameos, Charlize Theron teaching Seth MacFarlane how to use a gun, Seth MacFarlane’s major freakout, and some more. It’s just a shame I didn’t laugh as much as I wanted to. Neil Patrick Harris is probably the most hilarious in this film, almost every line he says was priceless. Liam Neeson was also a very enjoyable villain.

I also thought the soundtrack was amazing. It is an entertaining film throughout. I just expected so much more better from Seth MacFarlane. It’s not the worst film I’ve seen, but it’s not the best film I’ve seen either. However, I am very understanding on both the hate and love side for this R-rated western film. Ted, which is my favorite comedy film of 2012 is far more superior from this film in my opinion.

Chad Gleason

Grade: D-

A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of the worst comedies ever made and it would have gotten an “F” if it didn’t make me laugh during the Gilbert Gottfried cameo.

Zachary Marsh

Grade: A-

As stupid, as juvenile, and as obscene as this movie is, I couldn’t help but laugh at every single joke presented here. Aside from the brilliantly awesome cameos (seriously though, why did MacFarlane and co. spoil arguably the most inventive cameo in the film with the TV spots?).

There is enough solid acting, funny scenarios and a good story to help to elevate this movie, as of this moment, my favorite mainstream comedy of the year. Having said that, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Nesson were well underused. This might very well be the That’s My Boy of 2014 for me.

Matt Marshall

Grade: C

After 2012′s Ted, Seth MacFarlane failed to make lightning strike twice with A Million Days to Die in the West. Being juvenile and ballsy has its limits before wearing out its welcome. And Seth MacFarlane has finally done that. FULL REVIEW

Scott Menzel

Grade: D

What a highly disappointing film. If anyone could save the spoof genre, I would have swore that Seth MacFarlane would be the man for the job. However, instead of smart and clever humor, 95% of this film revolves around fart, sex and poop jokes. I can’t even say that the cameos gave it the boost it needed to even be watchable. The only real good thing to come out of this film is Charlize Theron, who even with the piss-poor script managed to come out of this dud like an A-lister. FULL REVIEW

Austin Putnam

Grade: C-

Seth MacFarlane tries to do Blazing Saddles for a new generation and for the most part fails. There are some laughs here and there, but it just didn’t live up to the hype for me.

Bryan Sudfield

Grade: A

I know this film hasn’t been getting great reviews, but people are allowed to say what they want to say about anything. Personally, I really enjoyed this film. Is it as good as Ted? No, not even! But, to me, this was a really entertaining film. I guess I’m just a sucker for these kinds of movies. The acting was very good, I like the script, the direction and the music (the music was really funny).

I thought Amanda Seyfried was the weakest in the cast. Liam Neeson was still pretty funny in the movie, but he was a “little” underused. About five jokes didn’t work for me. The cameos did work for me! Also, I only saw the first trailer, which is something positive, so I wasn’t spoiled for the big cameo in the film. Overall, if you love Seth MacFarlane, you should definitely see this in the theater. It’s not a great film, but it’s not Jack and Jill.


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