Nacho Libre

Critics Consensus

At times hilarious, but other times offensive, Director Jared Hess is unable to recapture the collective charisma of his Napoleon characters, instead relying on a one-joke concept that runs out of steam. Sure to entertain the adolescents, however.

40%

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Total Count: 164

54%

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User Ratings: 417,168
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Jared Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) directs this bizarre comedy starring Jack Black as Nacho, a young man who works as a cook in the Mexican monastery where he was raised. When the institution faces a financial crisis, Nacho decides that he must come to the aid of the house of God (as well as the beautiful young nun who has recently joined the order) by competing in the local Lucha Libre tournament. Donning a spandex outfit, mask, and cape, Nacho becomes a hero for the ages -- but can he win the heart of a woman of the cloth? ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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Cast

Ana de la Reguera
as Sister Encarnación
Richard Montoya
as Guillermo
Darius Rose
as Chancho
Moises Arias
as Juan Pablo
Carlos Maycotte
as Segundo Núñez
Carlos A. Montoya
as Segundo Nuñez
Rafael Montalvo
as Elderly Monk
Julio Sandoval
as Snaggle Tooth Monk
Juilo Sandoval
as Snaggle Tooth Monk
Felipe Jesús
as Arena Referee
Agustín Rey
as Galindo No. 1
Enrique Muñoz
as Señor Ramón
Troy Gentile
as Young Nacho
Julio Escalero
as Ramses Trainer
Peter Stormare
as The Gypsy Emperor
Filiberto Estrella
as Duende No. 1
Jorge Valdés García
as Commentator No. 2
Craig Williams
as El Snowflake
Brett Chan
as Dynasty
Mike Ching
as El Chino
Armando 'Mucha Crema' Gaytan
as Pro (Coliseo) Announcer
Rafael González López
as Pro (Coliseo) Referee
Antonio Salazar Gómez
as Ring (Arena) Announcer
Armando Tapia
as Monk No. 1
René Campero
as Wrestling Official
Lisa Owen
as Nacho's Mother
Leobardo Magadan
as Commentator
Feliciano Ramos Mendoza
as Amateur Announcer
Alfonso 'Pompin' Ramirez
as Ameteur Referee
Miguel Angel Bonequi Trujillo
as Hacienda Tough Doorman
Rodolfo García Merino
as Motivational Coach
Maria Gonzalez
as Peasant Woman
Cristóbal Puente
as Nacho's Father
Joaquín Luis Jiménez
as Ashen Faced Man
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Critic Reviews for Nacho Libre

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (38)

  • Imagine my disappointment then, which grew to disbelief, which turned into utter disdain, by the time the credits rolled on this clunker.

    Jun 19, 2006
  • Nacho Libre, naïvely made kids' stuff, lacks such minor attributes as a decent script and supporting cast.

    Jun 19, 2006

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.

    Jun 16, 2006

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The film's sheer lack of everything that customarily passes for comic fuel -- energy, wit, character, fun, a plot -- renders Nacho Libre a torturous patience tester of the first order.

    Jun 16, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Some things work well, but many are strained in execution. There are times Nacho Libre looks like it's struggling to find a reason to continue.

    Jun 16, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The comedy is hit and miss, with good bits interrupted by dead patches.

    Jun 16, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nacho Libre

  • Nov 07, 2013
    I'd be lying if I said that Nacho Libre was a complete dud because to be fair the film does have moments that seem like it is an original concept. Nacho isn't just some nobody chasing a dream like countless other movies we've seen before, but he does what he loves for a reason: to give Catholic orphans more sustainability, or at least better food. But in the end, that aspect is pretty glossed over. It's as dull and predictable for the most part as it leads on, even taking a shot at religion and Christianity here and there. Typical main character trying to escape a life forced on him, being revealed and being ashamed, then coming back and saving the day. *yawn* wake me when it's over. There's also a very awkward romance between Nacho and a young nun that of course because of their celibacy vow doesn't go anywhere. I have a long history of hatred for an unnecessary romance thrown in movies where a romance clearly doesn't belong, but here it was just ridiculous and very unnerving. So is Nacho Libre a horrible movie? I guess not. The atmosphere is very nice and the music is catchy and somewhat soothing, and while like other Jack Black films this has too much "Jack Black", you really believe he is a Mexican friar. Even if he does purposefully imitate Antonio Banderas to get to that spot. So not a total disappointment, but still it's pretty lackluster and clumsy. If you're looking for an entertaining and original story, go ahead and skip. But it won't kill you to watch once.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2013
    Silly but at times funny.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2012
    Nacho Libre is a surprisingly decent comedy with Jack Black, whom I never really was a big fan of. This is a fun, whimsical comedy and is one of the better films with Jack Black. Nacho Libre is a decent flick with a few good laughs here and there, but is never anything great. What makes this film a slight misfire is the fact that Jack Black basically plays the same character he's been playing from the beginning of his career. The humor is good, better than I thought. Considering that this is Jack Black film, this is a pretty decent flick. I normally hate his stuff, but there's something about Nacho Libre that I enjoyed. This film is a decent comedy to watch with your family, and it delivers some laughs here and there. The film could have been better. The result is an entertaining comedy that delivers laughs, but you realize that something is missing from this film to truly create something memorable. Overall, this is a charming film that almost gets the job done. Nacho Libre is mindless fun from start to finish, and despite the fact that it's not perfect, it manages to be fun entertainment. The film is worth watching, and compared to other Jack Black films, it's better too. Though not perfect, this film is fun, and if you enjoy a mindless comedy, this is the perfect flick for you to watch. Definitely one of the better Jack Black films that I've seen.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    I was really suprised on how funny this was. One of Black's best performances.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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