It's precisely because Corden is so infuriating that The Wrong Mans was so blindingly brilliant.James Delingpole, The Spectator, 8th January 2015
The Wrong Mans is not unfunny. There was much to smile about, and a terrific poke against Top Gear. But I think the move to America has harmed the show. Two council workers being caught up, in Britain, inside a network of drugs and kidnappings and bombs is borderline funny/credible. Move them to Texas, and to a Texas jail, with real racist thugs, and for it to work comedically one has to reduce the real villains to cartoon dolts. Which works less well as a thriller. It was always going to be an uneasy thing to pull off, a comedy-thriller - there's a long and ignoble history of failures in that genre - but earlier Corden and co-writer Mathew Baynton managed it, and last week they didn't, not so much. Maybe it's just that I don't like James Corden, a judgment about which he will surely lose sleep.Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 28th December 2014
The best finale this Christmas undoubtedly belonged to this ambitious mix of action, comedy and espionage. The Wrong Mans was an unexpected blast of brilliance in its first series, so it's unfortunate that James Corden's imminent U.S fame (as new host of The Late Late Show) has apparently curbed any longterm ambitions for this show. Instead, we now only get a two-hour Christmas special, which I like to consider an unofficial four-part second series. Far surpassing series 1 in terms of production values and confidence, this saw Sam Pinkett (Baynton) and Phil Bourne (Corden) in witness protection as factory workers in America, before another combination of bad luck and mistaken identity found them imprisoned with hardened criminals, working as bomb-makers for a gang of terrorists, and pursued across Europe as they doggedly attempted to get back home for Christmas. Not always as laugh-out-loud funny as you want it to be, The Wrong Mans is nevertheless hugely entertaining and takes such obvious delight in playing with genre conventions and clichés. It's a shame there won't be more, but to be honest it would be ridiculous if Sam and Phil kept finding themselves in vaguely similar predicaments again and again. Great to see the show end on a high.Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 24th December 2014
Tellyspotting recently sat down with series co-creator/writer/star, Mathew Baynton, to talk about what's in store for Sam and Phil in S2 and, basically, all-things comedy.Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 23rd December 2014
How would any of us, the ordinary goofs of the world, cope with finding ourselves toe-to-toe with international gangsters and rogue spies? The Wrong Mans never fails to work good-hearted comedy from the scenes between macho lunks and our two council workers from Bracknell, forever way out of their depth and making it up as they go along.
In this episode there's a scene where they have to detail their experience in bomb-making to some glowering chaps in black. Phil (James Corden) improvises desperately about having once put Mentos in a bottle of Coke, which "really did go absolutely everywhere." Will this sort of endearing bluster get them home for Christmas?David Butcher, Radio Times, 23rd December 2014