Nacho Libre
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Jared Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) directs this bizarre comedy starring Jack Black as Nacho, a young man who works as a cook in the Mexican monastery where he was raised. When the institution faces a financial crisis, Nacho decides that he must come to the aid of the house of God (as well as the beautiful young nun who has recently joined the order) by competing in the local Lucha Libre tournament. Donning a spandex outfit, mask, and cape, Nacho becomes a hero for the ages -- but can he win the heart of a woman of the cloth? ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Imagine my disappointment then, which grew to disbelief, which turned into utter disdain, by the time the credits rolled on this clunker."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The film's sheer lack of everything that customarily passes for comic fuel -- energy, wit, character, fun, a plot -- renders Nacho Libre a torturous patience tester of the first order."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"In a season of smug, telegraphed quirkiness (hello, Little Miss Sunshine), the rambling Nacho Libre, like director Jared Hess' previous Napoleon Dynamite, feels like an original."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Hess has the most languid sense of comic timing since Bill Murray at his peak."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Director Jared Hess' weapon of choice is his innocence."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Nacho Libre, naïvely made kids' stuff, lacks such minor attributes as a decent script and supporting cast."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Some things work well, but many are strained in execution. There are times Nacho Libre looks like it's struggling to find a reason to continue."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A sweet, offbeat movie about caring for others."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"Nacho Libre merely provides some momentary pleasant diversions."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Physical violence, silliness and gross-out moments (suspect gooey substances flow frequently) abound, but Nacho Libre is not without its occasional charms."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The comedy is hit and miss, with good bits interrupted by dead patches."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Makes you stare first in bemusement, then in boredom, finally in slight nausea"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Any production featuring Jack Black in spandex and showing off his belly full of stretch marks should never have made it off the drawing board in the first place."
‑ Kam Williams,
"Gives you more reason than ever to love Black's death scene in 1997's The Jackal."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
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