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Nacho Libre (2006)



Critic Consensus: At times hilarious, but other times offensive, Director Jared Hess is unable to recapture the collective charisma of his Napoleon characters, instead relying on a one-joke concept that runs out of steam. Sure to entertain the adolescents, however.

Movie Info

Jared Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) directs this bizarre comedy starring Jack Black as Nacho, a young man who works as a cook in the Mexican monastery where he was raised. When the institution faces a financial crisis, Nacho decides that he must come to the aid of the house of God (as well as the beautiful young nun who has recently joined the order) by competing in the local Lucha Libre tournament. Donning a spandex outfit, mask, and cape, Nacho becomes a hero for the ages -- but can he win the heart of a woman of the cloth? ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some rough action, and crude humor including dialogue)
Genre: Documentary, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Mike White
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 2006
Box Office: $80.2M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Ana de la Reguera
as Sister Encarnación
Richard Montoya
as Guillermo
Darius Rose
as Chancho
Moises Arias
as Juan Pablo
Carlos Maycotte
as Segundo Núñez
Carlos A. Montoya
as Segundo Nuñez
Rafael Montalvo
as Elderly Monk
Julio Sandoval
as Snaggle Tooth Monk
Juilo Sandoval
as Snaggle Tooth Monk
Felipe Jesús
as Arena Referee
Agustín Rey
as Galindo No. 1
Troy Gentile
as Young Nacho
Enrique Muñoz
as Señor Ramón
Julio Escalero
as Ramses Trainer
Peter Stormare
as The Gypsy Emperor
Filiberto Estrella
as Duende No. 1
Jorge Valdés García
as Commentator No. 2
Craig Williams
as El Snowflake
Brett Chan
as Dynasty
Armando 'Mucha Crema...
as Pro (Coliseo) Announ...
Mike Ching
as El Chino
Rafael González Lópe...
as Pro (Coliseo) Refere...
Antonio Salazar Góme...
as Ring (Arena) Announc...
Armando Tapia
as Monk No. 1
René Campero
as Wrestling Official
Lisa Owen
as Nacho's Mother
Leobardo Magadan
as Commentator
Feliciano Ramos Mend...
as Amateur Announcer
Alfonso 'Pompin' Ram...
as Ameteur Referee
Miguel Angel Bonequi...
as Hacienda Tough Doorm...
Aaron Yamir Ramírez ...
as Young Street Kid
Rodolfo García Merin...
as Motivational Coach
Maria Gonzalez
as Peasant Woman
Cristóbal Puente
as Nacho's Father
Joaquín Luis Jiménez
as Ashen Faced Man
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Critic Reviews for Nacho Libre

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (42)

In a season of smug, telegraphed quirkiness (hello, Little Miss Sunshine), the rambling Nacho Libre, like director Jared Hess' previous Napoleon Dynamite, feels like an original.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

A sweet, offbeat movie about caring for others.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Makes you stare first in bemusement, then in boredom, finally in slight nausea

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Hess has the most languid sense of comic timing since Bill Murray at his peak.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Nacho Libre merely provides some momentary pleasant diversions.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

Any production featuring Jack Black in spandex and showing off his belly full of stretch marks should never have made it off the drawing board in the first place.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007

Audience Reviews for Nacho Libre

mostly funny, very entertaining and quirky film. i understand the affinity many have for it, especially younger people who may have seen it in their teen years. i know my kids dig it, and watching it with them is always fun.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Jack Black is mostly his usual self as a cooking Mexican monk who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler and suddenly has a chance to go down that path while having to keep it a secret from the monastery. Which basically means, you get what you're expecting from such a film. The humor is hit and miss, with a couple of good laughs and as many awkward silences. Wrestling fans at least should have fun with the fights, even if a couple of them could have been much longer. Nothing big to write home about, but entertaining enough for fans of this humor who have nothing else to do on a rainy afternoon.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Nacho Libre is a surprisingly decent comedy with Jack Black, whom I never really was a big fan of. This is a fun, whimsical comedy and is one of the better films with Jack Black. Nacho Libre is a decent flick with a few good laughs here and there, but is never anything great. What makes this film a slight misfire is the fact that Jack Black basically plays the same character he's been playing from the beginning of his career. The humor is good, better than I thought. Considering that this is Jack Black film, this is a pretty decent flick. I normally hate his stuff, but there's something about Nacho Libre that I enjoyed. This film is a decent comedy to watch with your family, and it delivers some laughs here and there. The film could have been better. The result is an entertaining comedy that delivers laughs, but you realize that something is missing from this film to truly create something memorable. Overall, this is a charming film that almost gets the job done. Nacho Libre is mindless fun from start to finish, and despite the fact that it's not perfect, it manages to be fun entertainment. The film is worth watching, and compared to other Jack Black films, it's better too. Though not perfect, this film is fun, and if you enjoy a mindless comedy, this is the perfect flick for you to watch. Definitely one of the better Jack Black films that I've seen.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Nacho Libre Quotes

Ignacio 'Nacho Libre': Jesse, I owe you 4.99 plus tax.
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)
Ignacio 'Nacho Libre': Me? No. Come on. Don't be crazy. I know the wrestlers get all the fancy ladies, and the clothes, and the fancy creams and lotions. But my life is good! Really good! I get to wake up every morning, at 5AM, and make some soup! It's the best. I love it. I get to lay in a bed, all by myself, all of my life! That's fantastic! Go. Go away! Read some books!
– Submitted by Stephen A (3 years ago)
Ignacio 'Nacho Libre': But Sister, they are just ninos trying to release their wiggles.
– Submitted by Stephen A (3 years ago)
Ignacio 'Nacho Libre': Would you like to join me in my quarters this evening... for some toast.
– Submitted by Eddie S (3 years ago)

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