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

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Reviews

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December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 ...
February 2, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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 10, 2003
The family dynamics are intriguing, and the performances mildly diverting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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 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 26, 2003
Always predictable in its outcome, but it still retains a certain charm.
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 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 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] charming family story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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