If you ever wondered what High Noon might be like if Gary Cooper had a weakness for bangers and mash, now you know.
| Original Score: 3/5
This strange mixture never gels...the idea might be clever, but the realization doesn't do it justice.
| Original Score: C
A little tedious to sit through.
Always predictable in its outcome, but it still retains a certain charm.
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is all over the place.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Interesting when it's quirky but when it becomes a drama it loses it's punch.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
As a spoof, the film does not seem to be trying too hard.
A movie that just barely avoids sickening sentimentality with its sudden swerves into anarchic comedy.
Evokes the atmosphere of a Sergio Leone Western, sneaking up under the movie's human comedy and adding a smile.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
...amusing for about 20 minutes (30 if you're feeling generous). Call it The Good, the Bad and the Middling.
This movie's just so-so, but at its heart lies a true leading lady.
. Meadows keeps things simple, adding a few flashes of music or cinematography to recall the B-western. .
[A] flaccid bore.
[A] charming family story.
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.
| Original Score: 1/4