Once Upon a Time in the Midlands - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Reviews

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October 1, 2003
If you ever wondered what High Noon might be like if Gary Cooper had a weakness for bangers and mash, now you know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2003
This strange mixture never gels...the idea might be clever, but the realization doesn't do it justice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 26, 2003
A little tedious to sit through.
September 26, 2003
Always predictable in its outcome, but it still retains a certain charm.
September 26, 2003
Limp melodrama.
September 26, 2003
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is all over the place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 26, 2003
Interesting when it's quirky but when it becomes a drama it loses it's punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 25, 2003
Though Shirley is supposed to be torn between the passion of her younger days and the tender yet boring Dek, there seems to be little chemistry between her and Jimmy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 21, 2003
Meadows has complained that financial backers forced him to cut a third of his Midlands script. The suspicion persists that he cut the wrong third.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 20, 2003
A keeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2003
A movie that just barely avoids sickening sentimentality with its sudden swerves into anarchic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2003
As a spoof, the film does not seem to be trying too hard.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 19, 2003
Evokes the atmosphere of a Sergio Leone Western, sneaking up under the movie's human comedy and adding a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2003
Meadows clearly has a flair for working with actors and for depicting the rough-and-tumble of ordinary provincial lives. If he could go just a bit deeper, the truly great Midlands movie just might surface.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 18, 2003
...amusing for about 20 minutes (30 if you're feeling generous). Call it The Good, the Bad and the Middling.
September 17, 2003
This movie's just so-so, but at its heart lies a true leading lady.
September 15, 2003
. Meadows keeps things simple, adding a few flashes of music or cinematography to recall the B-western. .
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2003
[A] flaccid bore.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 12, 2003
[A] charming family story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2003
The first tense moment involves. . . me deciding whether or not to take the constant watch-checking as a clue that my time would be better spent staring directly into the sun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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