Wild Tales

2015

Wild Tales

Critics Consensus

Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film.

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Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control. (C) Sony Classics

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Critic Reviews for Wild Tales

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (144) | Rotten (9)

  • It's an explosively funny film, made with great energy.

    May 21, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While the stories themselves are about the joys of losing control, their creator knows exactly what can be achieved with crafty pacing, masterly editing and a precisely controlled balance between the matter-of-fact and the shamelessly hysterical.

    May 20, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Wild Tales is a riotously entertaining collection of short stories linked by a common theme: people losing their self-control and self-respect.

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 5/5

    Wendy Ide

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  • Portmanteau films are not that common, or usually successful, but Argentine writer-director Damián Szifron has fashioned a collection of six payback stories with visual flair and a wicked sense of humour.

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Broad strokes, dexterously delivered.

    Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • How to discuss this giddily inventive Argentinian feature without ruining its many surprises?

    Mar 26, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 20, 2016
    6 little masterpieces.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2015
    Mild Tales. I was expecting an edge-of-the-seat stuff, but the movie failed to fulfill that expectation. It's quite mediocre and predictable for most of the part. The shock value, which I feel inevitable for such movie, was negligible. The twists are meaningless as they're pretty predictable to be a twist in its real sense, thereby adding to the dissatisfaction. But since the stories, excluding the last one, weren't a drag and overall it was about average (having okay performances, not extremely boring, etc.), I decided to give it such a fine rating.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2015
    Look, this is loads of fun, no time is wasted in the storytelling, and it makes quite a few pointed, satirical points about modern society, corruption, class and gender warfare, etc. plus it displays a free ranging willingness to get back on those who deserve it, particularly those classes who cheat and oppress society. It is good entertainment, but the technique weakens when the characters and stories do. The "gay" corpses were a bit trite. The father would have been better off stopping at his second-last negotiating position. The wedding should have ended in violence. Why do these filmmakers, who are so au fait with rage and retribution, look for resolution and even a happy ending? Granted that is what sells films. But this package was better as a dark comedy, so long as the farce continued, and when that was drawn back into a downbeat, it lost its power. Someone said that Tarantino should learn from this film - he knows better how to drive the violence to its destination. But don't let that deter you. Not many films are prepared to go as far as this; and it is far more political than anything he has done. It joins an increasing chorus of people having had it up to here. Plenty of flesh on the bone; plenty of material for discussion over a plate of something piquant.
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  • Jun 24, 2015
    This is one of the best anthology films in recent memory. Hell, it might be one of the best anthology films that has ever been made. Part of the problem, particularly in a lot of recent anthology films, is that it's a collaboration between different filmmakers ala ABCs Of Death, the VHS series, among others. And I don't think there's a problem with that at all, but that's where a lot of the inconsistency in quality comes in. You bring in more chefs to the kitchen and the higher the chances are you get an ingredient that just doesn't mix. VHS: Viral proved this. Though, to be fair, the quality of the shorts themselves were considerably lower than both films in that series, though there was one excellent short in there. I think this film's strength lies in the fact that, despite it being various stories of different people from different societal backgrounds, there's only one person handling the creative aspect of it. While they're all very different shorts, ranging from a flight attendant poisoning the pilot and co-pilot of a plane that's carrying all the people who treated him negatively during his life and forcing it to crash, to a very extreme example of road rage, to poisoning the man who forced a waitress' father's suicide, to being fed up with the injustices of the government, extortion and blackmail and, finally, a wedding from hell. All very different types of stories, but all offering up their own little slice of dark and twisted entertainment. You cannot say this about a lot of anthology films, but every segment is, at worst, good. And more than several of them are actually really fucking great. The first segment, with the plane crash is short and to the point, but absolutely excellent. The second short, the one in the diner, is probably the 'weakest' of them all. This isn't a complaint in the least, as this is one also really fucking good, but it just doesn't reach the levels of insanity the other segments reached. The third short, the one about the road rage, is another excellent short. The fourth one, the one about the car being towed away is probably my personal favorite. It just has a great narrative with an incredibly satisfying conclusion. It's probably the one that most people will relate to, since it focuses more on the little bullshit ways the government tries to fuck you over. The fifth one, about the blackmail, is also a really good one. It's probably, out of all of them, the best written and the best acted. Of course, when your cast is as stacked as this film is, any victory in terms of acting quality is won by inches and not by miles, but the penultimate one, still, in my mind, is the best in terms of quality. The wedding from hell, which is the last short, starts off a little slowly but, once again, builds to an excellent conclusion about the ups and downs a new married couple faces during their own wedding. Fuck me sideways, this film is fantastic. It's ridiculously funny, in a dark and twisted way of course. I cannot say enough good about this film. I don't think I can honestly do this film justice. It's something that has to be seen. It's one of the few anthology films that I can say is entertaining from beginning to end, instead of it hitting peaks and valleys. Incredible anthology, incredible film. I absolutely loved this. Highly recommended.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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