Once Upon a Time in Mexico
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Director Robert Rodriguez returns to the characters of his breakthrough hits El Mariachi and Desperado in this grand scale south-of-the-border action-adventure saga. Sands (Johnny Depp) is a rogue CIA agent who is working in cahoots with Mexican officials who've caught wind of a plan by corrupt military leader General Marquez (Gerardo Vigil) and ruthless drug kingpin Barillo (Willem Dafoe) to assassinate Mexico's president (Pedro Armendáriz Jr.). Sands needs to recruit a gunman to take out Barillo's assassins before they can complete their mission, and through barman Belini (Cheech… More

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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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