The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Reviews

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Nathan Kosub
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
In The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, there is heartbreak, loss, and adultery, all of it general and all of it far more affecting than any self-righteous ethics or anachronistic western codes.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
June 14, 2010
An offbeat, tonal take on the Western, Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is best described as soulful and creative, if scattered and overambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Exerts considerable, groggy power
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Tommy Lee himself must be mentioned, as he pulls a nuanced role with a craggy, sunburnt face that's impressive to behold. He's at the top of his game in this flick, all the more remarkable as he's literally wearing many hats on the production.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 15, 2007
Part character study, part Peckinpah-esque border Western, part mystic epic, Three Burials traverses its uncharted territories with a humour and humanity that lighten the burden of its sadness.
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
May 31, 2007
Breathtaking tableaus, colorful characters, and a moving message about redemption end up overshadowed by wanton insanity one might normally associate with a sadistic snuff film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A stunningly offbeat and finely controlled directorial debut.
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today
November 2, 2006
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a spiritual exploration so profound and complex that it's impossible to take it all in with one viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
May 19, 2006
one of those offbeat dramas that would never have gotten produced without the clout of a major star behind it. ...a challenging, unpredictable film that never allows the audience to get too comfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 13, 2006
A parable, buddy movie, western myth and road movie all rolled into one %u2013 one excellent one
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
May 12, 2006
You owe it to yourself to saddle up with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 5, 2006
A stiff shows up with gruesome repetition in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and some will be surprised to learn that it isn't Tommy Lee Jones' former college roommate, Al Gore.
| Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 29, 2006
It attempts to cover a lot of territory just like the American border patrol in Texas, but its results are mixed, perhaps, not unlike the border patrol.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 29, 2006
The film skitters along the lives of sad people in low places.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 22, 2006
A fotografia ressalta a secura e o aspecto rochoso das locações como forma de estabelecer uma metáfora visual da própria existência daquelas pessoas retratadas pelo roteiro.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 30, 2006
Intriguingly structured, beautifully shot and superbly acted Western - this is one of the highlights of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
March 21, 2006
This gripping film about real people is well-worth excavating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 11, 2006
They say good things come in threes: burials, for one, and Tommy Lee Jones (for another).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 10, 2006
A messy drama that digs up a made-to-order villain (the racist U.S. authorities) and a dead hero (an illegal Mexican immigrant) ... Jones doubles-back on the story repeatedly, running roughshod over his characters to shovel in his political points.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
March 10, 2006
A safe, satisfying drama steeped in classic notions of loyalty and friendship.
| Original Score: 3/4
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