The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 3, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut is both a potent western and a powerful morality tale.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Despite the occasional gruesomely gleeful tone of this film, (you may find yourself laughing in inappropriate places) it has an odd dignity, most of which comes from Tommy Lee Jones.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

With all due respect to that important, quasi-controversial, most-honored film of last year, this is the best Western of 2005.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

Nathan Kosub
Stop Smiling

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

[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.

Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut fits right into his oeuvre, sometimes even feels like the brother of one of his masterpieces, "No country for old… More
Emile Tremblay
Exceptional screenplay plus a great directorial debut for Tommy Lee Jones.
Bruce Bruce
This is one of Tommy Lee Jones best films. About a Mexican hand he hires who is murdered and what he goes through to prove his killer and to gets revenge. A… More
xGary Xx
A border patrolman shoots and kills the best friend of cowboy Tommy Lee Jones and when an indifferent police department refuses to get involved over the death… More
Dean King
Thought this was a western not sure what you class it as, quite an odd film.
Reid Volk
In Tommy Lee Jones directorial debut, he manages to pull of what many directors take a lifetime to achieve. A clear, well thought out and executed film.… More