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.

67%

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64%

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Haunted and scarred by tragedy, El Mariachi has retreated into a life of isolation. He is forced out of hiding when Sands, a corrupt CIA agent, recruits the reclusive hero to sabotage an assassination plot against the president of Mexico, which has been conceived by the evil cartel kingpin, Barillo. But El Mariachi also has his own reasons for returning--blood revenge. The desperado returns with his two capable cohorts Lorenzo and Fideo. And the legend of El Mariachi reaches new heights of adventure.

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Critic Reviews for Once upon a Time in Mexico

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (112) | Rotten (55)

Audience Reviews for Once upon a Time in Mexico

  • 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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