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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Reviews

February 24, 2006
This isn't a film that demands to be enjoyed in order to be remembered -- one way or the other, it will stick with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2006
With all due respect to that important, quasi-controversial, most-honored film of last year, this is the best Western of 2005.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2006
[A] long, kooky, immensely absorbing picture, which forges the elegiac cruelty of a Cormac McCarthy novel with the two-fisted machismo of a Sam Peckinpah movie, and comes up with an altogether new brand of Western mythology.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2006
Funny, tough, filled with cut-to-the-bone moments and bleached in the heat of the Texas sun, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a movie that sears itself into the viewer with uncompromising vision and stark approach.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 24, 2006
It boasts genuinely and uniformly fine performances -- a credit to Jones the director and the actor, as well as his costars -- some stunning cinematography by the great Chris Menges and a uncompromising script by [Guillermo] Arriaga.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2006
Tommy Lee Jones' big-screen directorial debut might not be the easiest film to watch, but its payoff makes it one of the better trips to the movies of the past year.
Read More | Original Score: A-
February 23, 2006
Few films have ever captured the feel of the desert Southwest better than Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 9, 2006
Without the wise and well-crafted words of screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, it's just so much posturing.
February 9, 2006
Wily, sad, funny, and full of life.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 9, 2006
For a movie about the policing of borders, couldn't this one have maintained a firmer one, between credulity and incredulity? Between seriousness and self-seriousness?
February 4, 2006
Three Burials still reaches the kind of pungency it seems to be seeking, and it touches on issues of alienation and distance very relevant to the reality of countless migrants.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 4, 2006
All this edginess, combined with the grandeur and sweep of a classic western, demonstrates that Jones clearly knows how to tell a story -- and how to confound us at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 3, 2006
Jones, directing his first feature, finds the right note in every scene, bringing Arriaga's elegant cipher to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 3, 2006
As satire, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada isn't funny or illuminating, and as a drama it has only a few scattered moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2006
Behind the hype lies a banal morality tale told in needlessly jumbled flashbacks and gorged with gruesome atrocities out of a Sam Peckinpah flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2006
A wry and sometimes alarming contemporary Western.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 3, 2006
Jones, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and a crew blessed with pristine vision have delivered a tale of friendship and ethics worthy of Greek tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 3, 2006
Tommy Lee Jones makes his feature directing debut here, and the film is as weathered, subtle, and sympathetic as the actor's own face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2006
[Jones has made] a rugged modern-day Western that evokes the spirit of Sam Peckinpah -- and reinvents it through his own perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2006
The acting is so good throughout, and Texas native Jones does such a sharp, unforced job of directing a story dear to his geographical and spiritual heart, The Three Burials is the rare film that gets better and better as it goes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2006
It is a brave look at the distortions created when an international border bisects what natural law intended to be a cultural melting pot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2006
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada tells the kind of story that John Huston or Sam Peckinpah might have wanted to film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 30, 2006
What, exactly, is the devil in Mr. Jones?
January 26, 2006
Tommy Lee Jones makes a sure-handed feature directing debut and gives one of the best performances of his career.
December 21, 2005
A literally slow-moving western that plays out as laboriously as its title.
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December 16, 2005
It's worth a wary look before it attains midnight cult-movie status.
December 16, 2005
Three Burials is just a cluster of symbols, and what they symbolize is this: a director who has seen too many European art films.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 15, 2005
Worth seeing as a hickory-smoke tale of contrition and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 15, 2005
Incisive yet supple, wrenching yet deeply pleasurable, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada easily ranks among the year's best pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 15, 2005
A smug lesson posing as a Peckinpah deathfest.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 15, 2005
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada may not be a love story per se, but it is, for my money, the most deeply affecting portrait of cowboy camaraderie to be found on movie screens this season.
December 14, 2005
A small movie that plays like a Western epic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2005
As a vision of the American West and the wide country around it, Tommy Lee Jones's western strikes both fresh and familiar chords, most of them pleasingly dissonant.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2005
Three Burials is finally a little smug -- Jones, despite a Best Actor nod at Cannes, undergoes no Ethan Edwards corruption-of-the-soul, no ambivalence, no ordeal by rectitude.
November 30, 2005
Sam Peckinpah lives!
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2005
My enthusiasm for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada knows no bounds.
September 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2005
Tommy Lee Jones' bracing bigscreen directorial debut, which copped acting and writing awards from the Cannes Film Festival jury, connects with both the head and the heart.
May 24, 2005
Jones displays a firm hand at the helm -- you sense that he is well within his comfort zone in this environment -- and performances including his own are lively and convincing.