Once upon a Time in Mexico 2003

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

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Violent, pulpy, loopy fun, with Depp stealing the show.

66%

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Return of the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), in the final installment of the Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. The saga continues as El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the blood trail of Barrillo (Willem Dafoe), a cartel kingpin with one last score to settle who is planning a coup d'etat against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by Sands (Johnny Depp), a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi demands retribution.

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Critic Reviews for Once upon a Time in Mexico

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  • Jul 05, 2013
    Robert Rodriguez delivers an explosive, action-packed adventure in Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Famed gunman El Mariachi is recruited by a CIA agent to kill a militia general during an engineered coup that will overthrow the Mexican president. The film features an all-star cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Danny Trejo, and Eva Mendes; who all give strong performances. And Rodriguez does an especially good job directing; keeping the action fast-paced, but staying focused on the characters. Once Upon a Time in Mexico is an exciting action film that provides a thrilling conclusion to Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2012
    With an all-star cast and dynamic visualization, Rodriguez's third installment of the "El Mariachi" trilogy surpasses those that followed. With a dazzling presentation, violent storytelling and surprising performance from Johnny Depp, the film is a joy for those who love Rodriguez's films and/or just plain enjoy action films. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2012
    Here we see the building of Robert Rodriguez into a domestic superstar who was about to take the world by storm. A fitting extension to the artistic violent look of El Mariachi and Desparado, this is strong and sexy.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2011
    Not the send off expected
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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