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

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
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.
Mark R. Leeper
April 14, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
A little tedious to sit through.
Jules Brenner
September 1, 2003
done in by an exaggeration that elevates fickle to emotional stupor and sympathetic to pathetic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 1, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 18, 2003
...amusing for about 20 minutes (30 if you're feeling generous). Call it The Good, the Bad and the Middling.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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+
Shawn Levy
September 26, 2003
Limp melodrama.
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Angela Shah
Dallas Morning News
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
Edward Havens
August 28, 2003
Attempts to take the Spaghetti Western style of Sergio Leone and fit them into a Bill Forsyth Scottish comedy
Full Review | Original Score: C
Timothy Knight
August 29, 2003
A drab, would-be romantic comedy that plays with the archetypes and imagery of the western to little or no effect.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 26, 2003
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is all over the place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2003
It's a compelling and ambitious idea, but one that misfires because of its underwhelming characters and slack storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 29, 2003
It isn't a bad movie; it's just a dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Wiegand
Boxoffice Magazine
October 20, 2002
While Meadows strives to ape the epic breadth of the genre and sets up a classic dramatic conflict, his film falters from too many of the kind of formulaic gags that would fit more happily on the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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