Get the Gringo


Get the Gringo

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Mel Gibson finds new life in a Mexican jail after getting caught at the border with $4 million dollars of Mobster money in this production from former first assistant director turned helmer, Adrian Grunberg. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Get the Gringo

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (10)

  • [A] lively, non-PC caper-thriller, with touches of Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino...

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A superior genre effort, even if its chances of setting the box office on fire are less than zero.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Superbly constructed, pithily scripted and absurdly entertaining.

    May 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Almost invigorating in its disreputability; it's both cheesy and striking, corny and bold, dismissible and yet strangely appealing for its singularity.

    Apr 20, 2012 | Full Review…
  • El Pueblito is arguably the star of the show, its seedy backstreets and market stalls beautifully constructed and skilfully shot. This might be Grunberg's first job at the helm, but it certainly won't be his last.

    Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • All action scenes are conducted quite impressively, with a wild shootout inside the confines of El Pueblito ranking as the absolute standout.

    Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Get the Gringo

  • Nov 29, 2015
    Just like most 80s/90s action stars they make thier name then make a few bad movies, Disappear for a few years then come back with good movie but it goes unrecognised, This movie isn't pretty its plot won't be anything you haven't seen before but it's gritty and gross in places and it works, Gibson puts in a good performance and even though I expected more action I wasn't dissapointed as the story was told well even if it felt quite silly but it's one of the best Gibson films most will never see and that's a shame.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2015
    Gibson plays a Yankee con artist/thief thrown into a Mexican prison: level 1. Gibson plays the type of action star of a Hollywood con movie, wherein he is smarter, better than anyone else, and letting the audience in on the action so that they can feel as if they are smarter, better than anyone else: level 2. Gibson is a disgraced Hollywood star (he said Jews are bad in a town run by Jews) attempting to slick his way back into good graces by producing a golden egg, because they can't resist gold ... The location and the immersion in the Latino culture is refreshing, the look at Mexican prisons informative. The plot: predictable. S'okay, but nothing to write about on Rotten Tomatoes about.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Very entertaining, albeit not particularly exciting prison/heist/con film, that shows Gibson in the same form he's been in around the times of Payback. His character here is as charming and clever as ever, but things go a bit too smoothly most of the time, so there isn't exactly a major thrill about any of it. The location of the run-down Mexican prison also doesn't make for a very versatile setting. The result is still enjoyable thanks to the leading man and a few pretty clever turns.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2013
    Known as "How I spent my summer Vacation" in the UK?! A strange and quirky film set in a Mexican prison, which feels more like a mini city for of bad guys. This didn't get much hype, and I didn't know what to expect which possibly made me like it a bit more. It feels a bit gritty and rough around the edges compared to a lot of Mel Gibson's films, but it was still a decent watch if nothing spectacular. Reminded me of Payback a little.
    Dean K Super Reviewer

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