Once Upon a Time in Mexico
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Haunted and scarred by tragedy, El Mariachi has retreated into a life of isolation. He is forced out of hiding when Sands, a corrupt CIA agent, recruits the reclusive hero to sabotage an assassination plot against the president of Mexico, which has been conceived by the evil cartel kingpin, Barillo. But El Mariachi also has his own reasons for returning--blood revenge. The desperado returns with his two capable cohorts Lorenzo and Fideo. And the legend of El Mariachi reaches new heights of adventure.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie with that many freaks and creeps should be a lot more exciting than this one actually is."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Make no mistake, this movie is a mess. But, wow, what a mess!"
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Still loaded with action and wonderful characters, but this is the least of the three pictures."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Would be such a good movie, were it not so utterly ridiculous and laden with sheer stupidity and nonsense..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A splendid cast and spectacular orgies of carnage combine to produce a surprisingly creaky, labored, and boring movie."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"A mess of a movie that nevertheless entertains because each individual piece stands high enough on its own merits that it's not necessary to look hard at the nonsensical linking material."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Depp, a mere two months after his scene-stealing turn in Pirates of the Caribbean, once again is the best thing about a very silly movie."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Like an R-rated, violent Roadrunner cartoon."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Occasionally hits heights worthy of its Sergio Leone-inspired title ... but its manic invention exhausts more than enthralls."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
"Over the top and all over the place, Once Upon A Time In Mexico is as unruly as it characters: joyously style-driven as a Bond movie but with its own set of style guidelines."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"... this proves as the opposite of Cabin Fever, you can spill a lot of blood in a gratuitous, but very entertaining way."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A whiz-bang kick in the pants."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"...a cartoonish action movie that entertains without garnering empathy for any of its characters, with the exception of Ruben Blades' Jorge."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"To be fair, Rodriguez's wicked dialogue does elicit some laughs amongst the on-screen carnage."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Once Upon a Time in Mexico is the film I've wanted to see from Robert Rodriguez since he made Desperado in 1995."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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