Viva Villa! Reviews

  • Jul 23, 2020

    The reworking of history didn't work.

    The reworking of history didn't work.

  • May 13, 2019

    Viva Villa! is a product of its time as it is, apart from being shot in Mexico, not authentically Mexican in any other way and it's also pretty messy in pacing and scope. But it still ended up being solid, in particular for some great moving moments, some epic scenes, terrific cinematography and a particularly memorable main performance from Wallace Beery.

    Viva Villa! is a product of its time as it is, apart from being shot in Mexico, not authentically Mexican in any other way and it's also pretty messy in pacing and scope. But it still ended up being solid, in particular for some great moving moments, some epic scenes, terrific cinematography and a particularly memorable main performance from Wallace Beery.

  • Jan 07, 2017

    There is enough humour in this film to make it a bit more interesting than other films from the 1930's. I still fell asleep about 15 times trying to watch it so it isn't that riveting.

    There is enough humour in this film to make it a bit more interesting than other films from the 1930's. I still fell asleep about 15 times trying to watch it so it isn't that riveting.

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    John B Super Reviewer
    May 22, 2014

    Wallace Beery plays Villa as a stereotype which takes away from the role that Pancho Villa played in the history of Mexico and frankly makes them all a bit ignorant for following him. We need a more accurate portrayal.

    Wallace Beery plays Villa as a stereotype which takes away from the role that Pancho Villa played in the history of Mexico and frankly makes them all a bit ignorant for following him. We need a more accurate portrayal.

  • Aug 21, 2013

    The life of the famous Mexican bandit and revolutionary is told in this exciting action drama.

    The life of the famous Mexican bandit and revolutionary is told in this exciting action drama.

  • Feb 22, 2012

    Wallace Beery's hammy performance keeps things lively even if the story itself is highly fictionalized.

    Wallace Beery's hammy performance keeps things lively even if the story itself is highly fictionalized.

  • Jun 12, 2011

    Good movie...Another great performance by Fay Wray and Wallace Beery. It's filmed very exceptionally for the time, that's probably with Wellman's help.

    Good movie...Another great performance by Fay Wray and Wallace Beery. It's filmed very exceptionally for the time, that's probably with Wellman's help.

  • Jun 12, 2011

    Pretty sure this film is not completely accurate historically but interesting nonetheless. Wallace Beery is great as the bandit who fought for the peons, Pancho Villa. Pancho is depicted as a violent, illiterate with a love for Mexico and a Robinhood complex. Overall worth watching.

    Pretty sure this film is not completely accurate historically but interesting nonetheless. Wallace Beery is great as the bandit who fought for the peons, Pancho Villa. Pancho is depicted as a violent, illiterate with a love for Mexico and a Robinhood complex. Overall worth watching.

  • May 09, 2011

    Enjoyed it more and more as it went on. The spirited story never slows and some of the lines that Pancho comes out with are subtley very funny.

    Enjoyed it more and more as it went on. The spirited story never slows and some of the lines that Pancho comes out with are subtley very funny.

  • Mar 17, 2011

    Good as an old time western but could have succeeded better with a lessstereotypical casting of Pancho Villo.

    Good as an old time western but could have succeeded better with a lessstereotypical casting of Pancho Villo.