Once upon a Time in Mexico - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Once upon a Time in Mexico Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 11, 2003
Those enamored of the stylish wall-to-wall gunfights and explosions from Rodriguez's previous films will leave the theater shaking their heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2003
Its action often feels chaotic, simultaneously lazy and agitated, rather than choreographed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
October 6, 2003
Rodriguez puts a lot of mindless violence on the screen. Moment to moment the films is unpredictable, but on the large scale the plot is old, predictable, and familiar.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
June 13, 2009
...a cartoonish action movie that entertains without garnering empathy for any of its characters, with the exception of Ruben Blades' Jorge.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Would be such a good movie, were it not so utterly ridiculous and laden with sheer stupidity and nonsense...
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
September 23, 2004
A splendid cast and spectacular orgies of carnage combine to produce a surprisingly creaky, labored, and boring movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 14, 2003
Any semblance of a main plot vanishes. The story is just a bunch of meanwhiles.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
September 7, 2003
Audiences, I believe, are going to want to see another dose of the first two films; they don't want the headache of trying to figure out what the heck is going on for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Blackwelder
September 10, 2003
...when gunplay takes a back seat to manifold political intrigue that would give Tom Clancy a headache, you've done your tongue-in-cheek, check-your-brain action movie a disservice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 14, 2003
A mindless and tedious orgy of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
September 16, 2003
Once Upon a Time In Mexico tries to be a big budget action event and just delivers a lot of explosions and gunplay with very little substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
September 22, 2003
As an iconic image, [Depp] captures the feeling of Rodriguez's movie: blinded and shooting randomly in all directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 7, 2003
Assumindo as funções principais da produção, Rodriguez apresenta-se como verdadeiro autor de seus filmes. Pena que um não muito bom.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
September 11, 2003
A movie that goes so wrong so abruptly it's as if a meteor were heading for the set and everyone had to evacuate.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 11, 2003
After a while, Once Upon a Time in Mexico starts having the same effect as one too many tequilas: the Hong Kong-style stunts, the goofy wisecracks, the foxy presence of Eva Mendes -- all of it becomes blurry and numbing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 11, 2003
A noisy, unholy mess, with moments of wit and surprise that ultimately make its brutal tedium all the more disappointing.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 11, 2003
Just another stunted-up silly blood bath with no real passion, intelligence or wit.
| Original Score: D+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 12, 2003
It's at once busy and lacklustre, intricately plotted yet indifferently paced, handsomely mounted but made from plastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 18, 2003
A movie with that many freaks and creeps should be a lot more exciting than this one actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
September 11, 2003
While this chaotic fable lacks substance, it oozes with shoot'-em-up style and explosive energy. Sadly, however, despite second billing, Salma Hayek does little more than an extended cameo appearance in memory flashbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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David Rooney
August 28, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
September 14, 2003

September 9, 2003
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AV Club
September 11, 2003

Baltimore Sun
September 12, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 12, 2003

Orlando Weekly
September 18, 2003

Boston Phoenix
September 28, 2003

January 15, 2004

Hindustan Times
January 27, 2004

February 7, 2004
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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