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Nacho Libre Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2006
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 19, 2006
Nacho Libre, na´vely made kids' stuff, lacks such minor attributes as a decent script and supporting cast.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 16, 2006
Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2006
The comedy is hit and miss, with good bits interrupted by dead patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 16, 2006
Oddly reverent, faintly patronizing (they shot it in Mexico, with an exceptionally homely cast of extras), and always warm and funny.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 16, 2006
The combination of body slams and bathroom jokes makes it a heck of a lot livelier than Cars.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 16, 2006
The movie is semi-infantile camp but often riotous.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 16, 2006
Nacho Libre scores points only on occasion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 15, 2006
Is it funny? Now and then. Stupid? Very. Racist? Possibly. Ugly? Profoundly. Wild? Undeniably. Singular? Completely.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 15, 2006
What is missing in plot and character development is made up for in silly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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
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Dana Stevens
Slate
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.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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!
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2006
Nacho Libre may settle for too little, but at least it isn't a miserable high-concept vanity project.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 15, 2006
Sometimes it looks like a movie that was more fun to make than it is to watch.
| Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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.