Once upon a Time in Mexico
Once upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 12, 2003
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Violent, pulpy, loopy fun, with Depp stealing the show.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A movie with that many freaks and creeps should be a lot more exciting than this one actually is.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Make no mistake, this movie is a mess. But, wow, what a mess!

R. L. Shaffer

Still loaded with action and wonderful characters, but this is the least of the three pictures.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Like an R-rated, violent Roadrunner cartoon.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... this proves as the opposite of Cabin Fever, you can spill a lot of blood in a gratuitous, but very entertaining way.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A whiz-bang kick in the pants.

Cole Smithey

...a cartoonish action movie that entertains without garnering empathy for any of its characters, with the exception of Ruben Blades' Jorge.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
With an all-star cast and dynamic visualization, Rodriguez's third installment of the "El Mariachi" trilogy surpasses those that followed. With a… More
Marc Lewis
This movie proves that Robert Rodrigeuz is capable of making great movies. This movie has fantastic acting, some funny moments, and a coll but unrealistic plot.… More
xGary Xx
Robert Rodriguez once again tries to out-pulp his long term collaborator Quentin Tarantino in yet another remake of El Mariachi. He makes no bones as to his… More
Alex roy
Robert Rodriguez El Mariachi trilogy comes to an entertaining conclusion. These films are awesome examples of over exaggerated films done right.Once Upon A… More
Chris Weber
The conclusion to Robert Rodriguez's mariachi trilogy is a pretty epic, and really badass way to bring things to a close. There are however, too many… More
Morgan Salem
Once again a movie I watched with my friend Britt soley for Johnny Depp who once again never disappoints. Another role completely unexpected and unique. I have… More