• R, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Western, Drama
  • Directed By:
    Tommy Lee Jones
    In Theaters:
    Feb 3, 2006 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 6, 2006
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Reviews

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Nathan Kosub
Stop Smiling

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.

Full Review Source: Stop Smiling

March 5, 2014
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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 Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 67/100

June 14, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

Exerts considerable, groggy power

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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 Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A

June 21, 2007
Anton Bitel

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 15, 2007
Kam Williams

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 Source: BlackFilm.com | Original Score: 2/4

May 31, 2007
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

A stunningly offbeat and finely controlled directorial debut.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today

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 Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 4/4

November 2, 2006
Joe Utichi

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2006
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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 Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A parable, buddy movie, western myth and road movie all rolled into one %u2013 one excellent one

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 13, 2006
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

You owe it to yourself to saddle up with them.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 4/5

May 12, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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+

May 5, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

April 29, 2006
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The film skitters along the lives of sad people in low places.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

April 29, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

April 22, 2006
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 1, 2006

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

April 1, 2006
Matthew Turner

Intriguingly structured, beautifully shot and superbly acted Western - this is one of the highlights of the year.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

March 30, 2006
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
John Powers
October 18, 2008
David Ansen
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November 1, 2007
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The Nation
November 11, 2006

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March 11, 2006

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February 25, 2006
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