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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Reviews

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May 5, 2010
Like a Mike Leigh film on steroids, situations don't dawn slowly on these characters, they come crashing down on their heads.
April 14, 2005
The title and the music suggest a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, but the setting and characters would be more at home in a Mike Leigh film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 29, 2005
...a wry and likable movie that contents itself with the petty concerns, complications and conflicts that compose modern life.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 8, 2004
Clever and generally successful attempt to present a British domestic drama with comedic overtones, all in the style of a Sergio Leone western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 1, 2004
The top-notch cast makes this movie work. Carlyle is born to play the hard-to-resist rogue, and Henderson conveys a sexy vulnerability ...
January 16, 2004
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands gets off some rapid-fire comic shots. . . . a daffy, charm-your-pants-off kitchen-sink comedy.
November 16, 2003
In the end, Meadows' film lacks the bite it needs to make us care about this oddball trio, endearing though they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 31, 2003
Put in Shirley's shoes, most women would be hunting around for a Door Number 3, and that's where Midlands ultimately fails to connect.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
October 24, 2003
The cast fleshes out Meadows' thin storyline with some comically rich character work.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 17, 2003
It's safe to say that Leone has never in his career made anything as goofy -- or as sweet -- as this comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2003
Only Ifans, with his hangdog expressions and dithering double-talk, generates any laughs or sympathy.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 10, 2003
The family dynamics are intriguing, and the performances mildly diverting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2003
It's never as funny as we'd like, and the characters seem too cartoony to hook us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2003
What Leone did for cowboys and crime, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands does for a more contemporary genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2003
Some strong performances make it go by fairly painlessly, but inconsistencies involving plot and character keep it from ever being more than marginally involving.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 9, 2003
At its best, the new film by Shane Meadows suggests works by British social realist Ken Loach and Scottish social satirist Bill Forsyth, with a through-line from Mike Leigh's dysfunctional family tale Life Is Sweet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2003
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands has great comic potential but misses the mark.
October 9, 2003
Largely unintelligible romantic comedy about a couple of annoying losers and their personality-free love interest.
October 6, 2003
A weak concept with a weak script where even great actors can't seem to rise above the mediocrity surrounding them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 2, 2003
The movie is so busy being quirky that it's hard to relate to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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