Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Reviews

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Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
October 1, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 27, 2003
This strange mixture never gels...the idea might be clever, but the realization doesn't do it justice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
A little tedious to sit through.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
Always predictable in its outcome, but it still retains a certain charm.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 26, 2003
Limp melodrama.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 26, 2003
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is all over the place.
Full Review | 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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Angela Shah
Dallas Morning News
September 25, 2003
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 | Original Score: C
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 21, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Knight
National Post
September 20, 2003
As a spoof, the film does not seem to be trying too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 20, 2003
A movie that just barely avoids sickening sentimentality with its sudden swerves into anarchic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 20, 2003
A keeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 19, 2003
Evokes the atmosphere of a Sergio Leone Western, sneaking up under the movie's human comedy and adding a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 18, 2003
...amusing for about 20 minutes (30 if you're feeling generous). Call it The Good, the Bad and the Middling.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
September 17, 2003
This movie's just so-so, but at its heart lies a true leading lady.
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
September 15, 2003
. Meadows keeps things simple, adding a few flashes of music or cinematography to recall the B-western. .
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 12, 2003
[A] flaccid bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2003
[A] charming family story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 9, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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