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

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 7, 2003
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 10, 2003
The family dynamics are intriguing, and the performances mildly diverting.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 9, 2003
Largely unintelligible romantic comedy about a couple of annoying losers and their personality-free love interest.
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
A little tedious to sit through.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
Always predictable in its outcome, but it still retains a certain charm.
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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
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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
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 20, 2003
A movie that just barely avoids sickening sentimentality with its sudden swerves into anarchic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2003
[A] charming family story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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September 6, 2003
A peculiar and unsatisfying attempt to fuse Meadows' edgy, documentary instincts and his (and his financiers') desire for an art-house U.S. hit on the order of The Full Monty.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
September 5, 2003
You get ordinary folk stuck within a predetermined plotline. There's no one you want to be. And there's very little catharsis.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 5, 2003
A spotty yet ingratiating working-class farce that suggests a Mike Leigh movie with opera buffa tendencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
September 3, 2003
Should Blighty stake its screen future on action-adventure? Family fun? Sex satire? Modernized music hall? Post-modern movie-movie? Meadows' answer is 'All of the above.'
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 2, 2003
[A]n affectionate and funny takeoff on a spaghetti Western...
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 29, 2003
As depicted without affection by director Shane Meadows, his screeching actors and his overzealous set designer, the area is a step below trailer-trash culture and the main activities are bingo, hurling insults and airing one's dirty laundry on TV.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 28, 2003
Ifans' sniveling strains our sympathies, but the supporting cast is terrific.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 28, 2003
It has a generosity toward all of its characters that would give any film an endearing lightheartedness.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 28, 2003
The acting is superb.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 27, 2003
A movie saved by great acting.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 27, 2003
In moments when things don't so much happen as unfurl ... and any time the wonderful Kathy Burke, the antidote to cutification, is on screen -- Meadows honestly conveys the feeling of home on the Midlands range.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
August 26, 2003
Henderson of the velvet-and- helium voice makes a princess without rival.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2002
It smartly delineates the hard choices that people without many options must make, and its treatment of their conflicted situations is respectful but highly comic.