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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Veteran screen star Tommy Lee Jones makes his directorial debut with the fractured tale of murder and injustice on the U.S.-Mexico border scripted by Amores Perros and 21 Grams screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Mike Norton (Barry Pepper) is a fresh-faced Border Patrol officer in Cibolo County, TX, whose dedication to his new job leaves his lonely wife, Lou Ann (January Jones), with little to do but spend her days at the local diner, where she strikes up a friendship with waitress Rachel (Melissa Leo). Despite her own status as a married woman, Rachel is unfulfilled in her marriage and is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"This isn't a film that demands to be enjoyed in order to be remembered -- one way or the other, it will stick with you."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Funny, tough, filled with cut-to-the-bone moments and bleached in the heat of the Texas sun, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a movie that sears itself into the viewer with uncompromising vision and stark approach."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, there is heartbreak, loss, and adultery, all of it general and all of it far more affecting than any self-righteous ethics or anachronistic western codes."
‑ Nathan Kosub, Stop Smiling
"Tommy Lee himself must be mentioned, as he pulls a nuanced role with a craggy, sunburnt face that's impressive to behold. He's at the top of his game in this flick, all the more remarkable as he's literally wearing many hats on the production."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"A stunningly offbeat and finely controlled directorial debut."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"With all due respect to that important, quasi-controversial, most-honored film of last year, this is the best Western of 2005."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It boasts genuinely and uniformly fine performances -- a credit to Jones the director and the actor, as well as his costars -- some stunning cinematography by the great Chris Menges and a uncompromising script by [Guillermo] Arriaga."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"An offbeat, tonal take on the Western, Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is best described as soulful and creative, if scattered and overambitious."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Part character study, part Peckinpah-esque border Western, part mystic epic, Three Burials traverses its uncharted territories with a humour and humanity that lighten the burden of its sadness."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a spiritual exploration so profound and complex that it's impossible to take it all in with one viewing."
‑ Josh Hurst, Christianity Today
"[A] long, kooky, immensely absorbing picture, which forges the elegiac cruelty of a Cormac McCarthy novel with the two-fisted machismo of a Sam Peckinpah movie, and comes up with an altogether new brand of Western mythology."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Tommy Lee Jones' big-screen directorial debut might not be the easiest film to watch, but its payoff makes it one of the better trips to the movies of the past year."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Exerts considerable, groggy power"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Breathtaking tableaus, colorful characters, and a moving message about redemption end up overshadowed by wanton insanity one might normally associate with a sadistic snuff film."
‑ Kam Williams, BlackFilm.com
"one of those offbeat dramas that would never have gotten produced without the clout of a major star behind it. ...a challenging, unpredictable film that never allows the audience to get too comfortable."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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