• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Shane Meadows
    In Theaters:
    Aug 29, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 10, 2004
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Reviews

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Jason Anderson

If you ever wondered what High Noon might be like if Gary Cooper had a weakness for bangers and mash, now you know.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

This strange mixture never gels...the idea might be clever, but the realization doesn't do it justice.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

September 27, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A little tedious to sit through.

September 26, 2003
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Always predictable in its outcome, but it still retains a certain charm.

September 26, 2003
Shawn Levy

Limp melodrama.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

September 26, 2003
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is all over the place.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 26, 2003

Interesting when it's quirky but when it becomes a drama it loses it's punch.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 26, 2003
Angela Shah
Dallas Morning News
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Though Shirley is supposed to be torn between the passion of her younger days and the tender yet boring Dek, there seems to be little chemistry between her and Jimmy.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

September 25, 2003
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Meadows has complained that financial backers forced him to cut a third of his Midlands script. The suspicion persists that he cut the wrong third.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 21, 2003
Chris Knight
National Post

As a spoof, the film does not seem to be trying too hard.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 20, 2003
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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A movie that just barely avoids sickening sentimentality with its sudden swerves into anarchic comedy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2003
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A keeper.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Evokes the atmosphere of a Sergio Leone Western, sneaking up under the movie's human comedy and adding a smile.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2003
Loren King
Chicago Tribune
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Meadows clearly has a flair for working with actors and for depicting the rough-and-tumble of ordinary provincial lives. If he could go just a bit deeper, the truly great Midlands movie just might surface.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 18, 2003
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

...amusing for about 20 minutes (30 if you're feeling generous). Call it The Good, the Bad and the Middling.

September 18, 2003
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

This movie's just so-so, but at its heart lies a true leading lady.

Full Review Source: New Times

September 17, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

. Meadows keeps things simple, adding a few flashes of music or cinematography to recall the B-western. .

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

September 15, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

[A] flaccid bore.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 12, 2003
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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[A] charming family story.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The first tense moment involves. . . me deciding whether or not to take the constant watch-checking as a clue that my time would be better spent staring directly into the sun.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

September 9, 2003
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