800 Balas (800 Bullets)
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A hyperstylized tribute to spaghetti westerns courtesy of fearless Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia, 800 Bullets finds young Carlos (Luis Castro) striking out on his own in search of his long-lost father. Swiping his shrewish businesswoman mother's (Carmen Maura) credit card and setting his sights on Almeria, Carlos begins his quest to learn the truth about his father after his curiosity is sparked while thumbing through old photographs. Carlos comes into contact with his alcoholic grandfather Julian (Sancho Gracia) shortly after arriving in Almeria, where the one-time Clint Eastwood… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Spanish wild man Alex de la Iglesia delivers a disappointingly well-behaved film with this sentimental comedy about a boy's reunion with his lovably eccentric grandfather."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"800 Bullets has funny moments, but it also has a lot of drag time."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"... a tribute to the magic of movies and moviemaking set and shot in Almeria, Spain (home to scores of sixties westerns)."
‑ Sean Axmaker, St@tic Multimedia
"Strictly for anyone who ever wanted to know what it would be like if Chris Columbus directed El Topo."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Bizarre, bawdy and totally enjoyable."
‑ Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News
"Álex de la Iglesia's charming comedy celebrates the resilient power of dreams, memories, and the movies."
‑ Jorge Morales, Village Voice
"This isn't one of de la Iglesia's vitriolic works"
‑ Keith Breese, Filmcritic.com
"Una delicia, para gastar 800 Balas de gusto en los festejos, por lo menos..."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"It thinks it's cute, but it's as charming as an old drunk going on about how he knew Eastwood back in the day."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Lazy slapstick, farfetched melodrama and some fleeting nudity add up to a film that will mean little to those who aren't devotees of the genre."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Pays homage to the golden age of spaghetti Westerns and gleefully skewers the romantic image of cowboy righteousness that fuels American theme parks, country music, political campaigns and cigarette ads."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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