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Once upon a Time in Mexico Reviews

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
September 16, 2003
A mess of a movie that nevertheless entertains because each individual piece stands high enough on its own merits that it's not necessary to look hard at the nonsensical linking material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2003
... this proves as the opposite of Cabin Fever, you can spill a lot of blood in a gratuitous, but very entertaining way.
September 13, 2003
Make no mistake, this movie is a mess. But, wow, what a mess!
September 12, 2003
Depp, a mere two months after his scene-stealing turn in Pirates of the Caribbean, once again is the best thing about a very silly movie.
September 12, 2003
A whiz-bang kick in the pants.
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
September 12, 2003
Whenever Rodriguez is in a Fairbanks mood, Mexico delivers.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2003
Despite the movie's dark humor, violence and the occasional nonvoluntary facial surgery that will drive away the queasy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is the most crowd-pleasing film in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 12, 2003
A winking exercise in actors acting cool and the amoral joys of trigger- happiness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2003
Rodriguez's movie aspires to trashy grandeur, and achieves it.
September 12, 2003
A heady mix of Tarantino-esque pulp.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
Shamelessly violent and shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 12, 2003
I understood the general outlines of the story, I liked the bold strokes he uses to create the characters, and I was amused by the camera work, which includes a lot of shots that are about themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
A lusty, zesty goof.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 12, 2003
Dazzling visuals, ambitious stunts and enough raw action to please the most demanding fans.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2003
Rodriguez infused Desperado with style and pulpy energy. Here the bravado is by-the-numbers and way too familiar.
Read More | Original Score: C
September 12, 2003
Paying homage to Sergio Leone, Mexico aims too high and, in the process, becomes more like every generic, overplotted drug-cartel- and-revenge flick out there.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 11, 2003
Depp, who looks and dresses eerily like Michael Jackson near the end, has an appealing breeziness.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 11, 2003
A fractured fairy tale for whom we happily suspend disbelief, right up to the best-not- believe-it 'The End.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2003
Just another stunted-up silly blood bath with no real passion, intelligence or wit.
Read More | Original Score: D+
September 11, 2003
A noisy, unholy mess, with moments of wit and surprise that ultimately make its brutal tedium all the more disappointing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 11, 2003
Depp tosses off nearly as many deadpan quips as he did in Pirates and steals the movie from everyone else in the cast, including a rugged Antonio Banderas, who is perfect for the role of a man haunted by grief.
September 11, 2003
Its action often feels chaotic, simultaneously lazy and agitated, rather than choreographed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 11, 2003
Maverick Robert Rodriguez gets back to his old R-rated tricks, but this time he's more mature, stylish and bloody inventive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 11, 2003
The director ... has a clear knack for big action set pieces.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 11, 2003
Even when Mexico isn't exactly making sense, it's still a blast to watch for its sheer chutzpah.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 11, 2003
The movie is stolen by the gorgeous, droll and hilarious Depp. The movie crackles when he's onscreen and only fitfully sparks when he's not.
September 11, 2003
Though this wild and woolly movie will please its core audience well enough, Rodriguez has the chops to do much more.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 11, 2003
Just as there are some sports teams you watch for the brilliant efforts of one star athlete, there are movies that rivet your attention when one performer is onscreen and go slack when he's gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2003
Having already looted the Peckinpah and spaghetti-western archives, the director now quotes his own quotations, in service of not a sequel but a vociferous reiteration.
September 8, 2003
Just sit back and let Rodriguez take you to popcorn-movie heaven.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2003
It's pop filmmaking at its headiest, maybe because it never quite gets outside the filmmaker's head.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 3, 2003
Affectionately conceived, imaginatively staged and highly entertaining.