Nacho Libre Reviews

  • It's happened to all of us. You get revved to see a big Hollywood comedy, starring an actor so funny he could make you laugh in your sleep, and you're disappointed. Majorly.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • In his endearingly ridiculous new comedy, Jack Black plays a half-Mexican, half-Scandinavian monastery cook from Oaxaca who moonlights as a masked wrestler.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

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    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • What is missing in plot and character development is made up for in silly fun.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Is it funny? Now and then. Stupid? Very. Racist? Possibly. Ugly? Profoundly. Wild? Undeniably. Singular? Completely.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • Very broad and very silly, it's a doodle of a comedy -- a one-joke idea (fat guy goes luchador) padded out to feature length by Black's willingness to do anything for a laugh.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • [It] isn't an entirely unpleasant experience, which is to say it doesn't feel as though it's worn out its welcome before the second reel. It takes slightly longer before its gears begin to slip and its jokes begin to wear and its laughs begin to fade.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Nacho Libre scores points only on occasion.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • A spongy guy in a clingy suit who has a spongy hairdo is funny, to a point, and kudos to Black for the self-deprecation. Kudos as well for his athleticism and balletic grace as he leaps around the ring. Unfortunately, they can't support a movie.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Nacho Libre is more lazy than offensive. Things happen, but there's really no story. People do stuff, but they don't become characters. It might have made a dandy Saturday Night Live skit. But it's not much of a movie.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • High concept still fails without writers filling in the blank spots, and 'Jack Black in wrestling tights' is funny for about as long as the trailer you've already seen.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • The movie is semi-infantile camp but often riotous.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Nacho Libre, naively made kids' stuff, lacks such minor attributes as a decent script and supporting cast.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • It takes some doing to make a Jack Black comedy that doesn't work. But Nacho Libre does it.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Nacho Libre may settle for too little, but at least it isn't a miserable high-concept vanity project.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The beautifully shot Nacho Libre presents its improbable hero -- doughy, boyish and speaking in a dubious accent -- as someone utterly confident of his abilities, and his place in the world.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ridiculous as it may sound, this is a comedy about a man whose good intentions lead him into temptation and out again. Viva Nacho!

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Nacho Libre is a funny idea for a skit that's been put on the rack and tortured into a screenplay.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The only gag here, as far as I can tell, is Black squeezing himself into a pair of red tights and prancing around like a mental patient. Funny yes, but over the course of an hour and a half, it wears a wee thin.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

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