Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
Shane Meadows directed this film, which is the third and final chapter in his Nottingham Trilogy which also includes 1999's A Room for Romeo Brass and 1997's Twentyfourseven. Starring The Full Monty's Robert Carlyle, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is a twist on the traditional Western film, transplanting the action to modern-day Nottingham, England. Jimmy (Carlyle) is a small-time criminal who comes back into town after seeing his old girlfriend turn down a marriage proposal on television. Rhys Ifan (Notting Hill) co-stars as Dek, the jilted proposer who looks to stop Jimmy from… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The family dynamics are intriguing, and the performances mildly diverting."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Largely unintelligible romantic comedy about a couple of annoying losers and their personality-free love interest."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Like a Mike Leigh film on steroids, situations don't dawn slowly on these characters, they come crashing down on their heads."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Clever and generally successful attempt to present a British domestic drama with comedic overtones, all in the style of a Sergio Leone western."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"In the end, Meadows' film lacks the bite it needs to make us care about this oddball trio, endearing though they are."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"What Leone did for cowboys and crime, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands does for a more contemporary genre."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The movie is so busy being quirky that it's hard to relate to it."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The title and the music suggest a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, but the setting and characters would be more at home in a Mike Leigh film."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"The top-notch cast makes this movie work. Carlyle is born to play the hard-to-resist rogue, and Henderson conveys a sexy vulnerability ..."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Put in Shirley's shoes, most women would be hunting around for a Door Number 3, and that's where Midlands ultimately fails to connect."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Some strong performances make it go by fairly painlessly, but inconsistencies involving plot and character keep it from ever being more than marginally involving."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"A little tedious to sit through."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"...a wry and likable movie that contents itself with the petty concerns, complications and conflicts that compose modern life."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Once Upon a Time in the Midlands gets off some rapid-fire comic shots. . . . a daffy, charm-your-pants-off kitchen-sink comedy."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The cast fleshes out Meadows' thin storyline with some comically rich character work."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
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