Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 10 out of 35
  1. He's (Gandolfini) the true star of the film, and his stardom is achieved in the most honest of ways, through the sheer brute force of his talent.
  2. 30
    Undisciplined and overstuffed with enough surplus plot twists to make your neck ache, The Mexican affects the tousled look of a self-conscious indie.
  3. 30
    Intermittently appealing, fundamentally dysfunctional action-comedy.
  4. A dismaying dearth of romantic chemistry -- during their brief scenes together, the two (Pitt, Roberts) actually seem afraid to touch each other -- and we end up with a Frankenstein's monster of a movie: lots of interesting pieces cobbled together with all the stitches showing.
  5. 20
    The entire movie looks as if it were processed in the toilet of a Tijuana jail cell. Shot by Dariusz Wolski in colors that are bleached out, over bright and flat, The Mexican is the ugliest-looking major studio release in recent memory.
  6. 20
    Promises a road movie of blissful comic romance and delivers a series of dramatic dead ends.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A tired, confused romantic comedy/noir thriller with all the suspense of an infomercial. Buy the poster; skip the movie.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Half comedy, half action piece, the movie runs sputteringly on the not inconsiderable charm of its stars. But basically it is languid, indeterminate and uninvolving.
  9. Feels patently inauthentic.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Has even less directorial initiative than it has romantic spark.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    I love James Gandolfini and Brad Pitt- together the both shine. The Mexican is a 90's old town "aye-mama!" Mexican type thrillers. It's about a gun that is supposed to be cursed and a family man who thinks this job is his last- may get it. It may sound stupid but its funny, crooked story. Julia Roberts is good at least after her Razzie award career. Gandolfini is the villain in this drama comedy and Pitt is just simple awesome. Full Review »
  2. KevinR.
    Jan 10, 2009
    I really don't understand all the critics on this one. I'm usually not taken by this sort of film and have never been a Roberts fan, but this show is actually (amazingly) one of my favorite films ... I'm not sure why but it, for me is perfect blend of genres - I own it. Love it. Full Review »
  3. AndrewT.
    Dec 12, 2008
    The best scenes are between James Gandolfini and Julia Roberts: some of these are quite affecting. Gandolfini's character is interesting and his acting excellent. The rest of the film is an action/romantics farce which I found fun and entertaining until about the last 20 minutes, which I had to force myself to watch. Full Review »