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Get the Gringo (2012)


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Mel Gibson finds new life in a Mexican jail after getting caught at the border with $4 million dollars of Mobster money in this production from former first assistant director turned helmer, Adrian Grunberg. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Drama, Action & Adventure

Mel Gibson

Jul 17, 2012

Twentieth Century Fox

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Superbly constructed, pithily scripted and absurdly entertaining.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Almost invigorating in its disreputability; it's both cheesy and striking, corny and bold, dismissible and yet strangely appealing for its singularity.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Those who miss the days of Gibson's hardened movie characters will be in for a treat with Get the Gringo, a genuinely gritty, hard-boiled action-noir tale.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Gibson, for all his offscreen controversy, still has his star-quality charisma, and Grunberg is a worthy protege for the Oscar-winning writer/actor/director.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Get The Gringo is a passable addition to the action genre but it might have been better had the need to keep Gibson's fan base happy not been so pressing.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This is a return to form for [Mel Gibson], playing a hard-edged tough-nut with personality. And it's easily his most charismatic role in over a decade.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source:

Things start off a little too cute with that self-aware, annoying post-Pulp Fiction faux-clever tough-guy winking narration, but it kind of straightens up a bit once the story kicks in.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

an entertaining but trashy crime drama

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The National
The National

It could have been too quirky for its own good, [but] as it stands... "Get the Gringo" is surprisingly good, coming out of left field the way it did.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Get the Gringo is a gritty film with some grizzled punch. Gibson himself gives a strong performance as a hardened criminal that still has some heart.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Might not be a Lethal Weapon-style comeback for Mel the Action Star, but it works well enough as a double feature with Gibson's underrated Payback.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch

Full of violence and blood-spattered gunplay, it's a visually grotty film buoyed mainly by Gibson's never-say-die performance.

June 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

Gibson embraces the crazy and turns Get the Gringo into some good ol pulpy fun.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

A film that's akin to a Mexican Guy Ritchie flick. The mix of gangsters and gunplay works well and there is a dry sense of humour that runs throughout most of the film's dialogue.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

Gibson dusts off his tough-as-nails, devil-may-care persona

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Get the Gringo sees the return of bad ass Mel, the macho-macho man, all gravelly voice, misanthropic sadness and two-steps-ahead conman.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Crikey

Gibson's character gives a ten year old kid (who becomes a major character, without ever becoming a brat) a cigarette, and the kid lights it up and smokes it. Try getting MGM, Universal, Paramount or Disney to release that.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

The lead role didn't necessarily require someone younger but it needed an actor with more flair and charisma.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Whether there's an agenda underpinning the film or not, Gibson is clearly back in his element here, with plenty of wind still in his sails.

May 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

It hardly matters that Mel, rigid as a dried out cadaver, has but a hint of his former on-screen confidence; no one is going to see it.

May 22, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (9)
The Ooh Tray

The near incomprehensible plot involving his dealing with crooked cops and businessman on both sides of the Rio Grande is of little interest except as an excuse for fights, chases and the anti-hero's redemption.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

Love or loathe Gibson, he is hard to resist in this tantalizing tale of hard knocks, winners and losers, as he reminds us of what made him a big screen star in the first place.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Get the Gringo

Known as "How I spent my summer Vacation" in the UK?! A strange and quirky film set in a Mexican prison, which feels more like a mini city for of bad guys. This didn't get much hype, and I didn't know what to expect which possibly made me like it a bit more. It feels a bit gritty and rough around the edges compared to a lot of Mel Gibson's films, but it was still a decent watch if nothing spectacular. Reminded me of Payback a little.
February 10, 2013

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation is what this film is called in the UK, Get the Gringo in the US. I'm not sure which title I dislike most. Luckily, the film is pretty good. Think Luc Besson produced but with less mindlessness and a much better script. I thought Mel Gibson was really good in it and the story is sound. An unexpected pleasure.
December 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

A bold, slick, stylish and tough-as-nails crime-thriller. It packs a pure wallop and keeps you on the edge of your seat. A total blast. A rich in character and well done film for action junkies and will love Gibson in this film. Mel Gibson is back and at his very best, he gives a great and gritty performance, showing us why he`s a film star to begin with. It`s a great comeback for Mel as a classic and likeable anti-hero, it`s his best film in years. Gibson couldn't be any better than this. A cool as hell and hard-boiled action-packed thriller. A real blast of pure enjoyment. This movie rocks and rocks profoundly. A grim and intense mixture of story, action and humor. It`s Payback meets Midnight Express. A solid, gripping, funny and explosive thrill-ride from start to finish. A great piece of explosive action entertainment. It packs just as much fire-power as it does smarts and surprises.
November 12, 2012

Super Reviewer

"A film with great action, good plot, and good directing. I really enjoyed watching this. I was wrapped up in the story and the action was good. Mel Gibson gives another great performance. I have yet to see a movie of his I didn't like. I love his acting. I don't believe this film got the showing it deserved. It's one of his better films and it's sad his professional life is taking a hit because of his personal drama.
If your looking for a good action flick then give this one a try. It delievers."
November 1, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Driver: Was this a prison or the world's shittiest mall?
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    1. Driver: [to surgeon holding the liver] Put it back.
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    1. Driver: [looking at a watch with a figure of Jesus and the Virgin Mary] Holly Rolex.
    – Submitted by Fernán O (2 years ago)
    1. Driver: [inmate to Driver] Shoes PUTO.
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