The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 16, 2005
Three Burials is just a cluster of symbols, and what they symbolize is this: a director who has seen too many European art films.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
February 2, 2006
It's a disorganized journey of redemption and a wandering study of prejudice and promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 2, 2005
An excruciatingly boring morality tale with poorly developed characters and a big spiritual finale that sputters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 13, 2005
Three Burials is finally a little smug -- Jones, despite a Best Actor nod at Cannes, undergoes no Ethan Edwards corruption-of-the-soul, no ambivalence, no ordeal by rectitude.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 3, 2006
As satire, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada isn't funny or illuminating, and as a drama it has only a few scattered moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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February 9, 2006
For a movie about the policing of borders, couldn't this one have maintained a firmer one, between credulity and incredulity? Between seriousness and self-seriousness?
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 16, 2005
The essentially sanctified Melquiades...is the least developed character...Jones and Arriaga instead focus on the redemption of Estrada's white neighbors.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
February 3, 2006
Melquiades ... is meant to function as some sort of potent symbol, but `Three Burials' is too oblique to give his presence -- buried or otherwise -- much significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 22, 2006
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada can at least rest on its laurels from Cannes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 30, 2006
What, exactly, is the devil in Mr. Jones?
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2005
A smug lesson posing as a Peckinpah deathfest.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 17, 2005
This, despite the brutality and diversions [two of the most boring sex scenes this year], this is well worth a look.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 21, 2005
A literally slow-moving western that plays out as laboriously as its title.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 26, 2006
Crash by way of Cormac McCarthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 3, 2006
Behind the hype lies a banal morality tale told in needlessly jumbled flashbacks and gorged with gruesome atrocities out of a Sam Peckinpah flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 4, 2006
New filmmakers are often told "don't mistake motion for action." This is why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 10, 2006
Gives us little information about Pete and Mequiades, but plenty about the loathsome border patrol guy.
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
John Powers
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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February 25, 2006

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March 11, 2006
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