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March 20, 2017
The best western since Unforgiven, which in turn was the only good western for a very long time itself. Very stark and gritty storytelling driven by high quality acting from an impressive cast.
½ January 7, 2017
Not a bad film but just interesting and compelling enough to finish but not to recommend.
June 29, 2016
One of those movies that I can watch over and over again and see new things.
½ June 1, 2016
Stark and gritty, this contemporary western has themes of loyalty friendship and honour. Even though its slow moving and the jumping back and forth isn't amazing, it has enough going for it, from the writer of Amores Perros, Babel, and 21 Grams.
May 2, 2016
Rather odd plus empty in both the story/writing + narrative/directing. There seemed to be something big gonna happen next, but nothing till the very end.
It turns out to be ok anyway, I kinda like Barry Pepper for quite a while too, just sayin'.
½ February 14, 2016
What it takes a man to repent, to express the best in himself.
½ October 29, 2015
Absolutely adore Tommy Lee Jones' s debut work as Director! Love the script, too. Tommy Lee Jones has some very promising and intense and emotional acting as the lead character. The story itself may be about redemption and friendship and not completely light to watch but it does warm you somehow.
½ October 9, 2015
A different, innovative kind of Western. Beautiful film!
September 26, 2015
Wonderful film, great moments of character interactions. I felt this film a man on a mission whilst the other regrets.
½ August 13, 2015
Modern day western with heart.A slow burn pot boiler very well acted.
½ July 21, 2015
Tommy Lee Jones starred in and directed this western. It isn't as exciting as many of the genre, but I liked the psychological dilememas presented.
Super Reviewer
May 14, 2015
An offbeat and odd morality tale that burns in your memory, Tommy Lee Jones' film nonetheless bleeds with all of the bullets and brawn masculinity exhibited in such Sam Peckinpah western classics as The Wild Bunch and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. Two years before No Country for Old Men (which Jones starred in) gave filmgoers an instant 21st century classic, one of that film's stars nailed the same serio-comic tone and stripped bare violence in a similar tale of the American West. Topical on the subjects of geopolitics and the Mexican quotient of Mexican-American without being a tutorial, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada excellently pits the very U.S. of A genre of western in a very Latin American context.

In this R-rated modern western, Ranch hand Pete Perkins (Jones) looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico with the help of the careless man who shot him (Pepper).

From premise to fulfilling the protagonists promise, Tommy Lee Jones delivers an A-Level directorial debut. You can hear the pitch black humor and laid-bare honesty of Cormac McCarthy in dialogue that's exchanged like bullets in a shootout...but it's screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and not the author of No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, and Blood Meridian, who's dreamt up this world that's at times stark and raving mad but never completely stark raving mad. Jones' Pete is a man of scruples, as is the actor's direction. He tames Arriagas rugged dusty landscape and nails a role that's just as much a scrupulous oddball.

Bottom line: All the Pretty Horsesense
October 31, 2014
How does tis movie have an 85 %?
October 6, 2014
An all around great movie that manages to capture Texas without turning it into another absurd Hollywood caricature.
September 24, 2014
Again... NOT a western
½ September 19, 2014
Does one ever know the truth about his friends?

140919: I've raised my rating from 3 to 3.5. Enjoyed this very unique film.
July 6, 2014
Great story, funny, man tough, and a strong portrayal of pride, loyalty, and companionship. The background of West Texas and the Mexican high desert is on full display. Thumbs-up!
½ May 25, 2014
I got bored and turned it off.
May 4, 2014
Some good acting and questionable morals. Tommy Lee gives a powerfully somber performance.
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