Feb 26, 2021
Rooting a film ... in personal revenge is one of the cheapest, laziest and most retrograde approaches possible.
Jun 26, 2020
With this film Denis Villeneuve has his clear intentions when executing some action sequences that are somewhat tense, but he stays halfway when he raises the moral questions behind the fight against drug trafficking. [Full review in Spanish]
Jul 24, 2019
As technically assured as all of this is, including one of the tensest scores to feature in a genre picture in recent memory (courtesy of Johann Johannsson), Sicario feels too hollow.
Apr 30, 2018
A nasty film about the drug war on the US-Mexico border that flirts with fascism and artiness, succumbing to the former.
Feb 15, 2018
The film chips away at a real problem but misses the big picture by a mile.
Oct 26, 2017
A thriller must thrill, but to do so properly it has to be emotionally involving as well, and this one isn't.
Oct 17, 2017
There's enough payoff in the action to make Sicario feel satisfying, but underneath the combined polish of Villeneuve and Deakins is a hollow shell.
Oct 2, 2017
Far from being the cunningly ambiguous moral parable its champions claim it to be, Sicario actually hedges its bets in order to remain shamelessly crowd-pleasing.
Dec 2, 2015
Sicario is ultimately so obsessed with the minutia of its subject matter that it's often as engrossing as a day at the office.
Nov 2, 2015
I think Blunt was a major miscast, as she always looks smarter than everyone in the room and the character is too naive. [Full review in Spanish]
Oct 11, 2015
Basically just another violent movie about drug trafficking. It's efficient enough at what it does, but what it does is neither new nor significant.
Oct 8, 2015
It's admirable that the film's taking its subject seriously; it's just not enough.
Oct 2, 2015
Tedious on a grand scale but these days what war on drugs movie isn't?
Sep 30, 2015
Taylor Sheridan, an actor making his screenwriting debut, lets the film down in scene after scene. Whenever director Denis Villeneuve ("Prisoners") builds suspense, Sheridan dissipates it with another clunker.
Sep 24, 2015
French-Canadian director Villeneuve rubbed our noses in Pennsylvania vigilantism-gone-wrong in Prisoners ; now he grids our faces further into the smothering sands of American sanctimony.
Sep 24, 2015
Villeneuve's film, written by Taylor Sheridan, pays off its suspense with fierce violence, and seems therefore sensational; it can't quite transcend being an array of set pieces, haunting though they are.
Sep 18, 2015
Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan aren't selling more than a tautological action movie with the dread and body count of a horror film.
Sep 17, 2015
After a while these sounds and images start to feel like expressions of technique, and they become at once numbing and sensational, and instead of a movie about violence we're watching another violent movie, after all.
Sep 17, 2015
Denis Villeneuve's Sicario is a slick, simplistic view of the War on Drugs propelled by great perfs from Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin and balletic violent set pieces. I wanted "Traffic," I got movie crack.
Sep 16, 2015
Villeneuve's proven he's got a strong punch. The trouble is, he barely aims.