Gringo

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Gringo rounds up a bafflingly overqualified cast for a misfire of a comedy that's fatally undermined by its messy plot, poorly conceived characters, and obvious debts to better films.

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Mild-mannered U.S. businessman Harold Soyinka finds himself at the mercy of backstabbing colleagues, local drug lords and a black ops mercenary after traveling to Mexico. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold fights to survive an increasingly dangerous situation that raises the question -- is he out of his depth or two steps ahead?

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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (79)

  • Despite corralling Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Thandie Newton and David Oyelowo into its incredible cast, Gringo is, at best, an inept attempt at a dark comedy.

    June 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Life may be full of coincidences, but screenplays cannot be.

    June 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A movie created by someone who has ever actually been to Mexico and thought to pay attention to more than kidnapping scares and cartel nightmares.

    May 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to begrudge them the fun they're having on the screen.

    March 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Though all of Gringo's elements don't ultimately come together seamlessly enough for this to be a "great" movie, not all movies have to be great. Some of them just have to be a fun, funny, escapist two hours. This cast delivers.

    March 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Oyelowo steals this movie right from under everyone else's collective nose. He's a hoot in an act of grand larceny that makes the uneven Gringo worthwhile.

    March 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 11, 2018
    Gringo's alright but here's the thing, the crime-caper-clusterfuck hasn't just been done better before, it's been done better before by the same director.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2018
    Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed myself. The many plot elements and characters may not necessarily be as fleshed out as well as they could be, but they serve their necessary purpose to entertaining effect. And yeah, the "weed pill" is more a catalyst for the action as a whole rather than a topic of discussion, but the dark ensemble comedy pitch works and as a result I dug way more of this than I didn't. -Oyelowo raps an entire verse of "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and nails it -Theron does Mavis Gary, but from a different angle and steals every scene in which she appears. -It (literally) took me two whole minutes to realize that was Paris Jackson -Sharlto Copley is a South African treasure and should be utilized far more than he has been since 2009. -"That's like paying a $1,000 for a Whopper Jr." Not a whopper, but a whopper jr.. I'm right there with ya. I'll give this another go to see if I can catch what so many are complaining about, but I hope it's the other way around and people come to appreciate this eventually. Unfortunately, those who've already seen this will likely never happen across it again.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2018
    Like a Mad Magazine story about the greed of capitalists gone mad this has it's moments. The story concerns one middle manager type (David Oyelowo) who discovers in the course of living his life that everyone he knows is into some sort of money hustle and is dissing him behind his back because he isn't. And so he decides to get in on the action. Joel Edgerton and Cherlize Theron are great as backstabbing lovers, and the action moves along briskly enough. I had some fun with this.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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