The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 10, 2006
Jones' theatrical directorial debut is imbued with all the intensity, compassion, fierceness and sly humor that mark the actor's best performances
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
March 9, 2006
It's a scorching journey alongside stubborn fools like us as they stumble awkwardly toward grace, or run headlong in the other direction until the wages of sin catch up with them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 9, 2006
I wanted to scream at the screen, 'Just bury him and be done with it!'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 4, 2006
Don't let the near-impossible-to-remember title keep you away from this singular and slightly surreal Tommy Lee Jones scorcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 3, 2006
The sweep and classic themes of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada make it a rare modern western, and a good one, too.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 1, 2006
The film is finally more successful in bits and pieces than as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 28, 2006
This is a modest, low-budget, and low-key film but Jones shows a sure hand and real directing power with handling his actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 27, 2006
strong characters that nurse us over rugged horse paths and through craggy nooks
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
February 27, 2006
"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" is rugged and quiet, absurd and humourous.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 24, 2006
This isn't a film that demands to be enjoyed in order to be remembered -- one way or the other, it will stick with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 24, 2006
That Burials works on multiple levels makes it great, and the fact that it's great says a lot about [director-star Tommy Lee] Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
February 24, 2006
In true Peckinpah fashion, the harsh, involving Three Burials showcases lawlessness, heartlessness and gallows humor on the frontier. But this modern Western's prevailing themes are propriety and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 24, 2006
With all due respect to that important, quasi-controversial, most-honored film of last year, this is the best Western of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 24, 2006
[A] long, kooky, immensely absorbing picture, which forges the elegiac cruelty of a Cormac McCarthy novel with the two-fisted machismo of a Sam Peckinpah movie, and comes up with an altogether new brand of Western mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
February 24, 2006
Sam Peckinpah is no longer with us to stir up south-of-the-border madness, but Tommy Lee Jones has taken over the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
February 24, 2006
Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut is an extraordinarily complex, robust tale. Deceptively, it looks like a violent modern western but the undercurrents and intelligence behind the story elevate this to art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 24, 2006
Funny, tough, filled with cut-to-the-bone moments and bleached in the heat of the Texas sun, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a movie that sears itself into the viewer with uncompromising vision and stark approach.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 24, 2006
It boasts genuinely and uniformly fine performances -- a credit to Jones the director and the actor, as well as his costars -- some stunning cinematography by the great Chris Menges and a uncompromising script by [Guillermo] Arriaga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 24, 2006
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada features some solid, if not spectacular, performances, as well as a bizarre and dark sense of humor -- which come in handy when the film starts meandering and runs out of steam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 24, 2006
Burials barely has one plot: Grizzled Texas cowhand Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) wants to give his pal proper internment in Mexico and make his killer pay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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