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Nacho Libre Reviews

November 24, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2006
Imagine my disappointment then, which grew to disbelief, which turned into utter disdain, by the time the credits rolled on this clunker.
June 19, 2006
Nacho Libre, na´vely made kids' stuff, lacks such minor attributes as a decent script and supporting cast.
June 16, 2006
Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.
June 16, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 16, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 16, 2006
The comedy is hit and miss, with good bits interrupted by dead patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2006
After a promising beginning, Nacho Libre goes off the rails with its over-the-top satire and intentional campiness failing to generate many laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2006
The beautifully shot Nacho Libre presents its improbable hero -- doughy, boyish and speaking in a dubious accent -- as someone utterly confident of his abilities, and his place in the world.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2006
Oddly reverent, faintly patronizing (they shot it in Mexico, with an exceptionally homely cast of extras), and always warm and funny.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 16, 2006
The combination of body slams and bathroom jokes makes it a heck of a lot livelier than Cars.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 16, 2006
Nacho Libre, the often hilarious follow-up to Napoleon Dynamite by director Jared Hess, settles it: This is the world's funniest Mormon.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2006
The movie is semi-infantile camp but often riotous.
June 16, 2006
Nacho Libre scores points only on occasion.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 16, 2006
The movie is a bauble, but it's an enjoyably weird and original one, and it is anchored by Black's constantly amusing performance.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 16, 2006
A spongy guy in a clingy suit who has a spongy hairdo is funny, to a point, and kudos to Black for the self-deprecation. Kudos as well for his athleticism and balletic grace as he leaps around the ring. Unfortunately, they can't support a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 16, 2006
Disappointment, my fellow gringos, presumes positive expectations, so perhaps it is best to report, with some sorrow but no deep surprise, that the new comedy starring Jack Black and directed by Jared Hess, is not illustrious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2006
Nacho Libre is a funny idea for a skit that's been put on the rack and tortured into a screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 16, 2006
The irony is that just about any actual Mexican wrestling movie is funnier than this would-be parody, which never gets off the mat.
June 16, 2006
High concept still fails without writers filling in the blank spots, and 'Jack Black in wrestling tights' is funny for about as long as the trailer you've already seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2006
It takes some doing to make a Jack Black comedy that doesn't work. But Nacho Libre does it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 16, 2006
Very broad and very silly, it's a doodle of a comedy -- a one-joke idea (fat guy goes luchador) padded out to feature length by Black's willingness to do anything for a laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 15, 2006
Nacho Libre is more lazy than offensive. Things happen, but there's really no story. People do stuff, but they don't become characters. It might have made a dandy Saturday Night Live skit. But it's not much of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 15, 2006
What's rare to see, and what ultimately makes Nacho Libre so enjoyable, is the story of an underdog who's allowed to remain a humble clown all the way to becoming a hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2006
The only gag here, as far as I can tell, is Black squeezing himself into a pair of red tights and prancing around like a mental patient. Funny yes, but over the course of an hour and a half, it wears a wee thin.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 15, 2006
In his endearingly ridiculous new comedy, Jack Black plays a half-Mexican, half-Scandinavian monastery cook from Oaxaca who moonlights as a masked wrestler.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2006
Nacho Libre is a throwaway movie, but that doesn't mean it could not have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 15, 2006
Is it funny? Now and then. Stupid? Very. Racist? Possibly. Ugly? Profoundly. Wild? Undeniably. Singular? Completely.
June 15, 2006
What is missing in plot and character development is made up for in silly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2006
Hess seems intent on proving that lowbrow American slapstick comedies can be as slow and deliberate as the films of Robert Bresson.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 15, 2006
Black has the potential to be the rare comedian capable of making lemons into lemonade, but the fruit he's squeezing here is bone-dry.
June 15, 2006
This could quickly turn into a train wreck if both the material and the performances weren't there to fill the frame. Fortunately, Nacho Libre is able to keep fading to Black, who has the lucha of love. And of greatness.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 15, 2006
For all of Black's slovenly tics, his impish drive is the only thing that keeps Nacho Libre from slipping off the tracks.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 15, 2006
Ridiculous as it may sound, this is a comedy about a man whose good intentions lead him into temptation and out again. Viva Nacho!
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2006
Nacho Libre may settle for too little, but at least it isn't a miserable high-concept vanity project.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2006
Sometimes it looks like a movie that was more fun to make than it is to watch.
Read More | Original Score: C
June 15, 2006
Nacho Libre can be giddily hilarious and has many solid, silly laughs, but it runs out of flips and tricks -- and steam -- about halfway through.
June 14, 2006
It's happened to all of us. You get revved to see a big Hollywood comedy, starring an actor so funny he could make you laugh in your sleep, and you're disappointed. Majorly.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 13, 2006
[It] isn't an entirely unpleasant experience, which is to say it doesn't feel as though it's worn out its welcome before the second reel. It takes slightly longer before its gears begin to slip and its jokes begin to wear and its laughs begin to fade.