Critics Consensus

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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Combining dark comedy with dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides across the border into Mexico, where all is not as it seems for mild-mannered American businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo). Crossing the line from citizen to criminal, Harold tangles with duplicitous business partners, Mexican drug lords, international mercenaries, and the DEA. As he attempts to survive in one of the most dangerous places on earth, the question lingers: is this ordinary man in way over his head, or is he two steps ahead? Directed by Nash Edgerton, who made his feature length directorial debut with the acclaimed Australian thriller The Square, Gringo also stars Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley. Financed by Amazon Studios, the film is written by Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone, and produced by Rebecca Yeldham, Nash Edgerton, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Charlize Theron and Anthony Tambakis.

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David Oyelowo
as Harold Soyinka
Charlize Theron
as Elaine Markinson
Joel Edgerton
as Richard Rusk
Thandie Newton
as Bonnie Soyinka
Sharlto Copley
as Mitch Rush
Yul Vázquez
as Angel Valverde
Diego Cataño
as Ronaldo Gonzalez
Carlos Corona
as Villegas / The Black Panther
Rodrigo Corea
as Ernesto Gonzalez
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Critic Reviews for Gringo

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (26)

  • Life may be full of coincidences, but screenplays cannot be.

    Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A few laughs here and there but largely falls flat.

    Mar 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • I left the theater vaguely annoyed - as if the filmmakers had thrown away some promising ideas and elements in weaving together a thoroughly generic chase movie and pretending it's something special by employing ineffective stylistic choices.

    Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Nash Edgerton and screenwriters Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone do a fine job of juggling the multiple story lines, moving things along at an entertaining clip.

    Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It can't decide whether it wants to be magnificently toxic or merely mediocre.

    Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 'Pleasant surprise' might be a misnomer for Gringo.

    Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gringo

  • 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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