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Denise H. from MARIETTA, GA Reviewed on 7/24/2011...
This is a great movie, one of my favorites. Humor, drama, and suspense, it has them all. Plus a great cast. Highly recommend it!
Nancy I. (Nimsy) from WISE, NC Reviewed on 4/16/2010...
This film is an interesting blend of subtle comedy, suspense, and violence, all over a hand-wrought pistol with a complex legend attached. Brad Pitt is the bumbling boyfriend Jerry who means well but doesn't always have the skills to carry out his required duties. Of course, luck enters into it, too, and his isn't the best. Julia Roberts is his erstwhile girlfriend Sam who seeks commitment from Jerry and instead gets kidnapped as a hostage. Everyone wants that pistol! James Gandolfino is the heavy, who's sometimes bloodthirsty and sometimes misty. It all ends -- well enough -- but you wonder, along the way, how it could possibly come out right for anyone.
Samantha A. (sammyejo) from ROMANCE, AR Reviewed on 8/31/2009...
I enjoyed this movie, but the thing I loved the most about it was Brad Pitt saying my name. Silly, but true. ;-)
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Kimberly B. (TheBookHunter) from SALEM, OH Reviewed on 5/7/2009...
Just because Brad & Julia are two huge stars doesnt mean they have chemistry..bad movie & a bad match.
2 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Far too confused and underdeveloped to be entertaining
mellotron1983 | 08/09/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
""The Mexican" wants us to believe that since we've got Brad Pitt and Julia "White Teeth" Roberts in a movie, a coherent script is optional. Sadly, only the most passive of viewers will find this an acceptable mix; not only is this film incredibly overlong for the material, it ends up being boring and closes with an overwhelming sense of futility and will leave most questioning, "So...what?"
Pitt does his best spastic loser impression, bumbling around the movie and trying to fix things with his girlfriend, an often-hysterical Roberts. Wyman's script is a lot less fun than it seems to think it is; attempts to make this a condensed "Way Of The Gun"-style gritty adventure as well as a comment on the dynamics of two people in impossible love fail horribly. In fact, since neither concept is properly developed, moments of startling violence look like a gimmick, and it's hard to believe for one frame of the movie that Pitt and Roberts' characters are/were ever/will ever be in love.
The one bright spot of the movie is Gandolfini, whose complex (or at least moreso than any other character in this mess) hitman is brought to life by his trademark mix of warmth and alarming force.
Unfortunately, he can't come close to saving the movie; "The Mexican" is a pointless and meandering movie so set in trying to be five or six other movies that it can't make its own name for itself.
Interestingly, the deleted scenes on the DVD fill out some substantial plot holes, but otherwise don't explain how with two hours of screen time (and nearly 140 minutes with deleted scenes in the mix), a promising crew and two of the biggest stars in America today can accomplish nothing and have you caring much less than you did when you walked in."
A good mix
V. VanCamp | Ithaca, New York USA | 03/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'The Mexican' has a good mix of comedy, romance, action, adventure, drama and suspense. Very enjoyable movie. Julia plays a wonderful quirky, smartypants, sensitive, woman in love. Brad does very well as a slightly lost, good hearted semi-boyfriend just trying to keep himself alive while hoping that his semi-girlfriend will somehow understand. James puts in a stellar performance as the guy who is "very sensitive for a cold-blooded killer". I recommend giving this movie a shot. Leave your expectations at the door and just enjoy the show for what it is ... a quirky kinda dark romantic comedy. It is well done, combining romance, action and emotional impact with comedy. There are some very funny scenes, a few somewhat deep scenes that deal with relationship issues and some dramatic scenes that are sad and some that are happy, all of them touching. There are also some subtle jokes, so keep your eyes and ears open!Admittedly, there was a point where I felt that the movie was going on a bit long, but it quickly became interesting again and I forgot about that. When you watch this movie, I recommend taking special note of the three main character's eyes. The actors very effectively express their character's emotions and thoughts with their eyes.Enjoy!"
It's like juggling Mexican jumping beans!
V. VanCamp | 07/26/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Boy has girl. Boy tries to keep girl by severing his connections to organized crime but has to do one more job of retrieving an antique Mexican pistol which is cursed. Boy loses girl. Girl gets kidnapped to insure that the Boy gets the job done. Lots of people try to make sure the Boy doesn't get the job done. Mayhem ensues.If you like sequential movies, if you don't like movies that jump back and forth in time and place, if you are a parent that must leave the room constantly, do not get this movie. If you want to live in a vicarious boy/girl relationship with Julia Roberts or Brad Pitt then do not get this movie.Cinemaniacs and filmography sickos (such as myself) that watch a movie 5 times to figure out that "cool camera angle" or particular acting dynamic, come on in. The water is FINE!If you want to see a good but strange movie that truly shows J.R.'s subtle but amazing breadth of ability then see "The Mexican". Brad Pitt also gives a good performance. The production stands on its own as suitably weird, trust me, but if dropping acid were legal I'd make the suggestion just because it couldn't get any more bizarre. Warning: you may feel tempted to adopt Leroy (played by James Gandolfini), the hit man reluctantly getting in touch with his true self. Absolutely fantastic. He plays this with more realism (if anything in this movie could be considered realistic) and balance than Robert DeNiro in Anaylyze This. I really look forward to seeing more of his work.I only gave it 3 stars because I felt that the plot device (the cursed pistol) was a bit meaningless even in farcicle mode, and the movie doesn't seem to hit its mark squarely or successfully as some hybrid cross between a continuous story and a contiguous collection (ala Twenty Bucks or Four Rooms).The acting alone is worth seeing this film. J.R.'s snap switch between angry girlfriend to scared hostage is very good, but it's her subtle shift between hostage to guidance counselor that I really loved. It's a lot of jumping around and she doesn't lose you. THAT'S what makes Ms. Roberts a great actress.Brad Pitt also did a credible job. I just don't think the story shifts or dialog had the same opportunities to show off his virtuosity in the same way as he did in Meet Joe Black."
The Gun that Launched a 1000 ships......
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 08/05/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The pairing of Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts in "The Mexican" would have seemed, on paper, to be made in heaven. But in reality it's the pairing of James Gandolfini and Julia Roberts that is truly charming. Julia and Brad play a "can't live with 'em and can't live without 'em couple" who are very near splittsville. Brad is a low level criminal who promises Julia that retrieving a stolen priceless revolver in Mexico will be his last mission before he becomes a law abiding citizen. Julia, nostrils aflare and red hair flying doesn't believe him for a minute and takes off for Las Vegas. En route she meets up with Gandolfini, a gay(!) bag man for the mob, who not only saves her life but kidnaps her as a means of getting hold of the priceless revolver mentioned above called "The Mexican," by the way. WHEW! The scenes between Roberts and Gandolfini are quite touching and honest but the complicated plot keeps getting in the way of any real bond between them. Pitt is very believable and charming as a bumbling, tongue-tied crook and he has several fun scenes in Mexico with the locals. "The Mexican" is not the finest movie ever made but it's fun and all the principle actors are brimming over with buckets of charisma. So on a balmy summer night what could be better viewing, along with a 6pk of Corona,pickled pigs feet and some nacho chips? Ole'"
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
gonn1000 | Portugal | 03/09/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This movie got some attention since it has two big Hollywood stars in it, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. However, it`s not too enticing or convincing, just a merely entertaining mix with bits of romantic comedy, thriller, road movie, action and an offbeat feel that tries to reach cult status. It`s a decent effort, but the characters aren`t very intriguing (Pitt plays a dumb pretty boy, Roberts is in another bland role and only James Gandolfini, the best element here, truly convinces as an interesting gay hitman), the plot is full of ups and downs and it runs for way too long. At parts it even comes close to Tarantino/ Robert Rodriguez territory, yet as a whole it`s too muddled and uneven to suceed. Director Gore Verbinski offers a couple of nice shots of Mexico with good atmosphere and an appropriatte soundtrack, making for a mildly enjoyable cinematic experience. Still, this is just fast-food cinema overall. Not memmorable, but worth watching once.
A decent rental."