Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 29, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the concept is interesting and quirky, the drama fails to deliver.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The family dynamics are intriguing, and the performances mildly diverting.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Largely unintelligible romantic comedy about a couple of annoying losers and their personality-free love interest.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Like a Mike Leigh film on steroids, situations don't dawn slowly on these characters, they come crashing down on their heads.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

What Leone did for cowboys and crime, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands does for a more contemporary genre.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The movie is so busy being quirky that it's hard to relate to it.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

Some strong performances make it go by fairly painlessly, but inconsistencies involving plot and character keep it from ever being more than marginally involving.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A little tedious to sit through.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a wry and likable movie that contents itself with the petty concerns, complications and conflicts that compose modern life.

Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
Shane Meadows is without doubt, one of the best British directors around at present. He knows his way around the working class lifestyle of Britain with a… More
Lady D'arbanville
Been waiting for a while to watch this and found it hard to get hold of. You can certainly see the 'Shane Meadows' stamp on this one, but in… More
Keith Munley
A different film from Shane Meadows. A nice little story that definitely strays from his usual dark story lines. Overall all though I'm always looking… More