Nacho Libre Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 15, 2006
A perfect storm of excessive mugging and catch-phrasery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 16, 2006
If ever there were a one-trick pony, Nacho Libre is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2006
It takes some doing to make a Jack Black comedy that doesn't work. But Nacho Libre does it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 16, 2006
After a promising beginning, Nacho Libre goes off the rails with its over-the-top satire and intentional campiness failing to generate many laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 15, 2006
Black does everything humanly possibly to try to make this movie work, even spending a good deal of time wearing silly blue tights and getting beat up many, many, many, many times but the script pile-drives him into the mat.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2006
Nacho Libre may settle for too little, but at least it isn't a miserable high-concept vanity project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 15, 2006
An all-too typical example of a sophomore slump.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
June 14, 2006
Nacho's processed cheese and tortilla-thin premise are purely a refried conduit for Black... [it] would be inexcusably trashy if it weren't for the na´ve sincerity of its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Makes you stare first in bemusement, then in boredom, finally in slight nausea
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
June 15, 2006
Film Jack Black doing anything for 80 minutes and you're bound to wring a few yuks from the footage, but the chuckles delivered here are distressingly few and far between.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 16, 2006
A spongy guy in a clingy suit who has a spongy hairdo is funny, to a point, and kudos to Black for the self-deprecation. Kudos as well for his athleticism and balletic grace as he leaps around the ring. Unfortunately, they can't support a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 19, 2006
Imagine my disappointment then, which grew to disbelief, which turned into utter disdain, by the time the credits rolled on this clunker.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 27, 2006
More amusing in theory than in practice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 29, 2006
Jared Hess's far too self consciously campy comedy that takes a one-note joke and beats that dead horse until it's a fine paste splayed all over the ground
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
DallasBlack.com
April 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 0/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 15, 2006
Is it funny? Now and then. Stupid? Very. Racist? Possibly. Ugly? Profoundly. Wild? Undeniably. Singular? Completely.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 15, 2006
Nacho Libre can be giddily hilarious and has many solid, silly laughs, but it runs out of flips and tricks -- and steam -- about halfway through.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 6, 2006
As common wisdom says, you can't make a cult classic on purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
July 1, 2006
Sadly the inspired ridiculousness demonstrated in Hess's sagging geek-induced laugher couldn't muster the comic crunchiness of a dripping tortilla.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
June 17, 2006
Nacho Libre is the kind of awful movie that ruins your whole day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
June 24, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 11, 2006
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2006
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Guardian
August 12, 2006

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June 24, 2006
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June 24, 2006

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June 24, 2006

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August 8, 2006
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August 10, 2006

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September 23, 2006
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