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Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Action . Thriller

Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

Actors: Salma Hayek , Antonio Banderas , Willem Dafoe , Cheech Marin , Enrique Iglesias , Danny Trejo , Mickey Rourke , Eva Mendes , Johnny Depp , Marco Leonardi
Directors: Robert Rodriguez
Country: USA
Release: 2003-09-12
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  • Peter Hartlaub


    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    The movie gets goofy from time to time -- as when payola arrives in a vintage "Clash of the Titans lunchbox -- but the filmmakers and cast have the style and the swagger to back it up.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jean Oppenheimer

    Affectionately conceived, imaginatively staged and highly entertaining.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Make no mistake, this movie is a mess. But, wow, what a mess! It's an exploding piñata, full of low comedy and high drama, deliriously colorful fight scenes and vehicle chases. Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    It's an exercise in style by Robert Rodriguez and not to be taken any more (or less) seriously than his giddy "Spy Kids" movies.

    Time Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Proves to be a whiz-bang kick in the pants.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    You don't want to miss Depp in this movie -- he knocks it out of the park.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I understood the general outlines of the story, I liked the bold strokes he uses to create the characters, and I was amused by the camera work, which includes a lot of shots that are about themselves.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    It's the addition of Depp's corrupt CIA agent, Sands, that really makes this violent, over-the-top action film, with its maze-like plot, sing.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Rodriguez is such a visual stylist, and the violence is so cartoonish, that the flurry of whizzing bullets and growing pile of bodies is not as offensive as it might be.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A bloody fairy tale with no moral and a lot of juice.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    In its wildly overwrought, burrito-Western way, is about as close to a home movie as you're likely to see in a megaplex.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    The movie is stolen by the gorgeous, droll and hilarious Depp. The movie crackles when he's onscreen and only fitfully sparks when he's not.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    God bless Johnny Depp. For the second time this year, the man has almost single-handedly redeemed an action movie that would otherwise be indistinguishable from the pack.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Evokes the mythic feel of Sergio Leone Westerns. Despite a convoluted plot that begs for cleaner lines, the wild shoot-outs, cartoonish violence and charismatic cast should lure action fans to theaters.

    Variety Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    You ride along with a movie like this with a big, dumb grin on your face and no guilt. Not one of this summer's megabucks movies felt this frisky or fun.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    An epic unhinged, and while its best sections suggest a Loony Tune done by Sam Peckinpah and Emilio Fernandez, "Mexico" needs to be even crazier than it is.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    If not exactly epic, the movie is certainly the biggest and most complex of Rodriguez's Mariachi trilogy, which began in "El Mariachi" and continued in "Desperado."

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Starts having the same effect as one too many tequilas: the Hong Kong-style stunts, the goofy wisecracks, the foxy presence of Eva Mendes -- all of it becomes blurry and numbing.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It's a grisly, chuckling cartoon made on shots of tequila, Red Bull, and Sergio Leone.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Banderas inhabits the role of the mariachi with a feral grace undimished by the seven-year gap between films.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Paying homage to Sergio Leone, "Mexico" aims too high and, in the process, becomes more like every generic, overplotted drug-cartel-and-revenge flick out there.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Addison MacDonald

    The entire film is a thrown-together collection of gunfights and in-jokes. The film is more concerned with expanding this universe of seedy tequila bars and dusty city streets than it is in telling a narrative story.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Ray Conlogue

    A clear case of huevos con hubris.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kevin Carr

    If only there had been more Salma Hayek.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    However many millions of dollars Rodriguez set aside for blanks and exploding squibs was a waste. Depp's salary, on the other hand, was money well spent.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    An overstuffed would-be epic.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    Having already looted the Peckinpah and spaghetti-western archives, the director now quotes his own quotations, in service of not a sequel but a vociferous reiteration.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Depp's performance reminds us that, yeah, it's only a movie -- just not a good one.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Needs a story.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The only thing missing is a coherent story -- or even, for that matter, an interesting idea for one.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The whole movie is like that: showy stunts, explosions, over-the-top acting, fiesta colors, lurid angles, and a sense of nothing--nada--at stake.

    Slate Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The result is a dull and campy 97-minute bloodbath offering little distinction between good guys and bad.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • William Arnold

    The film's deliberately overblown cartoonishness and its gleefully pandering adolescent cruelty never blend into the enjoyable style of, say, a good spaghetti western (Rodriguez's acknowledged model), or even a bad Quentin Tarantino movie.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
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