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  Movie Review for Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The

Movie Review for
Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The



Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The
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105 Reviews total.

Release date: 12/14/2005
Run length: 120 mins.
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Summary: 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 captive in tow and the body tied to a mule Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico.

                         Reviews of Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The

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John Wirt of Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) (7/0)
            The sweep and classic themes of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada make it a rare modern wes...

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Lori Hoffman of Atlantic City Weekly (7/0)
            I wanted to scream at the screen, 'Just bury him and be done with it!'

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Marjorie Baumgarten of Austin Chronicle (7/0)
            Don't let the near-impossible-to-remember title keep you away from this singular and slightly sur...

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Nev Pierce of BBC (7/0)
            This gripping film about real people is well-worth excavating.

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Ty Burr of Boston Globe (7/0)
            Tommy Lee Jones makes his feature directing debut here, and the film is as weathered, subtle, and...

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Rob Thomas of Capital Times (Madison, WI) (7/0)
            Jones' theatrical directorial debut is imbued with all the intensity, compassion, fierceness and ...

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Anton Bitel of Channel 4 Film (6/1)
            Part character study, part Peckinpah-esque border Western, part mystic epic, Three Burials traver...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum of Chicago Reader (7/0)
            All this edginess, combined with the grandeur and sweep of a classic western, demonstrates that J...

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Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times (7/0)
            The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada tells the kind of story that John Huston or Sam Peckinpah...

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Peter Rainer of Christian Science Monitor (7/0)
            Worth seeing as a hickory-smoke tale of contrition and redemption.

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Josh Hurst of Christianity Today (7/0)
            The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a spiritual exploration so profound and complex that i...

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Jules Brenner of Cinema Signals (7/0)
            A satire that touches deeply even as it amuses so richly.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustible Celluloid (7/0)
            When it stays on track, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada turns into a thing of musty beaut...

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Harvey S. Karten of Compuserve (7/0)
            Fascinating road-and-buddy adventure story on the Tex-Mex border.

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Les Wright of culturevulture.net (7/0)
            A beguiling and fast-paced Tex-Mex western saga of transcendent meaning and beauty

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Chris Vognar of Dallas Morning News (7/0)
            Three Burials still reaches the kind of pungency it seems to be seeking, and it touches on issues...

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Boo Allen of Denton Record Chronicle (TX) (7/0)
            Part Homer, part Dante, set on the Texas/Mexican border.

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Robert Denerstein of Denver Rocky Mountain News (7/0)
            A wry and sometimes alarming contemporary Western.

                         Reviews of Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The
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Erik Childress of eFilmCritic.com (7/0)
            Takes the finale of Lonesome Dove to new levels with his directorial debut; a poetic tribute to a...

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Emanuel Levy of EmanuelLevy.Com (7/0)
            A revenge Western that will do Peckinpah and Eastwood proud, this is a morality tale with politic...

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Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly (7/0)
            A smug lesson posing as a Peckinpah deathfest.

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Eric D. Snider of EricDSnider.com (7/0)
            The film works on three levels: as a visually appealing modern Southwestern saga, as an old-fashi...

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Walter Chaw of Film Freak Central (7/0)
            Crash by way of Cormac McCarthy.

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Lewis Beale of Film Journal International (7/0)
            A stunningly offbeat and finely controlled directorial debut.

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Matt McKillop of filmcritic.com (7/0)
            ultimately affirms the value of all humans, privileged and poor, good and evil, all of us -- and ...

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Kent Turner of Film-Forward.com (7/0)
            Tommy Lee Jones makes the year's most assured directorial debut.

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Todd Gilchrist of FilmStew.com (7/0)
            Like Richard Farnsworth, L. Q. Jones or even Steve McQueen in his later performances, Jones’ worl...

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Rick Groen of Globe and Mail (7/0)
            This isn't a film that demands to be enjoyed in order to be remembered -- one way or the other, i...

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Eric Lurio of Greenwich Village Gazette (7/0)
             This, despite the brutality and diversions [two of the most boring sex scenes this year], this i...

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Peter Canavese of Groucho Reviews (7/0)
            The essentially sanctified Melquiades...is the least developed character...Jones and Arriaga inst...

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Kirk Honeycutt of Hollywood Reporter (7/0)
            Jones displays a firm hand at the helm -- you sense that he is well within his comfort zone in th...

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Kit Bowen of Hollywood.com (7/0)
            Tommy Lee Jones' stirring and deeply felt Three Burials proves one thing: Sometimes the most comp...

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Steve Rhodes of Internet Reviews (7/0)
            If you've seen and loved Lone Star, you will not want to miss this similar character study and my...

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Bruce Kirkland of Jam! Movies (7/0)
            Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut is an extraordinarily complex, robust tale. Deceptively, it lo...

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Robert Roten of Laramie Movie Scope (7/0)
            The film skitters along the lives of sad people in low places.

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Carol Cling of Las Vegas Review-Journal (7/0)
            The strange odyssey that ... forms the heart of the movie covers emotional terrain as stark yet a...

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Jeffrey Overstreet of Looking Closer (7/0)
            It's a scorching journey alongside stubborn fools like us as they stumble awkwardly toward grace,...

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Kevin Thomas of Los Angeles Times (7/0)
            Incisive yet supple, wrenching yet deeply pleasurable, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada ea...

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Matt Pais of Metromix.com (7/0)
            It's a disorganized journey of redemption and a wandering study of prejudice and promises.

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Duane Dudek of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (7/0)
            A brooding, narratively brusque tale of the modern West, as unvarnished and stripped of pretense ...

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Jeff Strickler of Minneapolis Star Tribune (7/0)
            [Jones has made] a rugged modern-day Western that evokes the spirit of Sam Peckinpah -- and reinv...

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Susan Granger of Modamag.com (7/0)
            A simple, stoic, well-structured contemporary Western that brings a humanist point of view to big...

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Ken Hanke of Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) (7/0)
            The film is finally more successful in bits and pieces than as a whole.

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Marty Mapes of Movie Habit (7/0)
            New filmmakers are often told "don't mistake motion for action." This is why.

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Jeffrey Westhoff of Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) (7/0)
            While compelling in its own right, Three Burials is more an homage to a past master than an origi...

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Frank Swietek of One Guy's Opinion (7/0)
            A well-structured and literate yarn that employs the classic qualities of older films with a simp...

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Steve Schneider of Orlando Weekly (7/0)
            A satisfying little morality play about prejudice and responsibility.

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Fiore Mastracci of Outtakes With Fiore (7/0)
            A Film Favorable To Illegal Immigration Is Not Advantageous As We Attempt To Secure Our Borders.

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Jeremy C. Fox of Pajiba (7/0)
            Though this is Jones' first attempt at directing a feature, his work is solid, in part because he...

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Frank Houston of Palm Beach Daily News (7/0)
            By turns brutal and sadistic, humorous and moralistic, Jones weaves a tale that has the moral hef...

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Sean Burns of Philadelphia Weekly (7/0)
            A loose, generous, funky little oater with a deliciously ghoulish sense of humor, it's probably t...

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David N. Butterworth of rec.arts.movies.reviews (7/0)
            They say good things come in threes: burials, for one, and Tommy Lee Jones (for another).

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Mark R. Leeper of rec.arts.movies.reviews (7/0)
            This is a modest, low-budget, and low-key film but Jones shows a sure hand and real directing pow...

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David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews (7/0)
            ...hurt by an overlong running time...

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Pam Grady of Reel.com (7/0)
            Ignore the rotten title; make Jones (and yourself) happy -- see this movie.

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Laura Clifford of Reeling Reviews (7/0)
            ...a beautifully crafted and original piece of work. Hats off to Mr. Jones.

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Forrest Hartman of Reno Gazette-Journal (7/0)
            That Burials works on multiple levels makes it great, and the fact that it's great says a lot abo...

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Jim Emerson of RogerEbert.com (7/0)
            My enthusiasm for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada knows no bounds.

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Peter Travers of Rolling Stone (7/0)
            Sam Peckinpah lives!

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Harry Guerin of RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) (7/0)
            You owe it to yourself to saddle up with them.

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Carla Meyer of Sacramento Bee (7/0)
            In true Peckinpah fashion, the harsh, involving Three Burials showcases lawlessness, heartlessnes...

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Sean Means of Salt Lake Tribune (7/0)
            Jones gives himself the plum role, not out of vanity but to do justice to Arriaga's story. ... Th...

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David Elliott of San Diego Union-Tribune (7/0)
            Jones holds it all together like old chaps glued by sweat, and if you want a modern offshoot of t...

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Sean Axmaker of Seattle Post-Intelligencer (7/0)
            ... the most impressive directorial debut the American cinema has seen in some time, a contempora...

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Moira MacDonald of Seattle Times (7/0)
            Jones, directing his first feature, finds the right note in every scene, bringing Arriaga's elega...

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Rich Cline of Shadows on the Wall (7/0)
            A beautifully written and acted mini-epic about life and death, although it might be somewhat eni...

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Stephen Metcalf of Slate (7/0)
            For a movie about the policing of borders, couldn't this one have maintained a firmer one, betwee...

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality and Practice (7/0)
            An excruciatingly boring morality tale with poorly developed characters and a big spiritual final...

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John Venable of Supercala.com (7/0)
            A simple, rugged tale about friendship, loyalty, keeping your word, and the importance of human l...

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Andrew Wright of The Stranger (Seattle, WA) (7/0)
            Begins deep in Peckinpah territory, but soon forges its own unique, queerly beautiful path ... A ...

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone of TheMovieChicks.com (7/0)
            Believable performances, excellent cinematography, and it is mixed with little oddities and humor...

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Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide's Movie Guide (7/0)
            Jones handles his fellow actors well, drawing a hard, anguished performance from Pepper and allow...

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Urban Cinefile Critics of Urban Cinefile (7/0)
            A parable, buddy movie, western myth and road movie all rolled into one %u2013 one excellent one

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Matthew Turner of ViewLondon (7/0)
            Intriguingly structured, beautifully shot and superbly acted Western - this is one of the highlig...

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Michael Atkinson of Village Voice (7/0)
            Three Burials is finally a little smug -- Jones, despite a Best Actor nod at Cannes, undergoes no...

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Stephen Hunter of Washington Post (7/0)
            Without the wise and well-crafted words of screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, it's just so much post...

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John Beifuss of Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) (3/5) Login Required (Login Required)
            As 'Brokeback Mountain' and now 'Burials' demonstrate, filmmakers continue to find usefulness and...

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Philip Martin of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (3/4) No reference
            ...a smart and beautiful movie that touches on the nature of borders, actual and mythic.

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Christopher Smith of Bangor Daily News (Maine) (6/1) No reference
            A stiff shows up with gruesome repetition in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and some wi...

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Kam Williams of BlackFilm.com (6/1) No reference
            Breathtaking tableaus, colorful characters, and a moving message about redemption end up overshad...

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Sheri Linden of Boxoffice Magazine (3/4) No reference
            The helmer's subtle work with his excellent cast and Chris Menges' widescreen vistas of merciless...

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Lawrence Toppman of Charlotte Observer (3/4) No reference
            Burials barely has one plot: Grizzled Texas cowhand Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) wants to give ...

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Sean O'Connell of Charlotte Weekly (3/4) No reference
            A safe, satisfying drama steeped in classic notions of loyalty and friendship.

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Pablo Villaca of Cinema em Cena (3/4) No reference
            A fotografia ressalta a secura e o aspecto rochoso das locações como forma de estabelecer uma met...

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Lisa Kennedy of Denver Post (3/4) No reference
            Jones, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and a crew blessed with pristine vision have delivered a ta...

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Jeff Vice of Deseret News, Salt Lake City (6/1) No reference
            The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada features some solid, if not spectacular, performances, as...

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James Sanford of Kalamazoo Gazette (6/1) No reference
            one of those offbeat dramas that would never have gotten produced without the clout of a major st...

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Robert W. Butler of Kansas City Star (3/4) No reference
            Sam Peckinpah is no longer with us to stir up south-of-the-border madness, but Tommy Lee Jones ha...

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Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly (6/1) No reference
            Three Burials is a film with a lot on its mind, but it succeeds best when it leaves ideas behind ...

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Glenn Whipp of Los Angeles Daily News (6/1) No reference
            Tommy Lee Jones has crafted a modern Western worthy of Peckinpah with a message of racial underst...

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Rene Rodriguez of Miami Herald (3/4) No reference
            [A] long, kooky, immensely absorbing picture, which forges the elegiac cruelty of a Cormac McCart...

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Michael Elliott of Movie Parables (6/1) No reference
            For me, this was an opportunity lost.

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Luke Y. Thompson of New Times (6/1) No reference
            Tommy Lee Jones' feature directorial debut is probably much as you'd expect: a blast of nostalgia...

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Kyle Smith of New York Post (3/4) No reference
            Three Burials is just a cluster of symbols, and what they symbolize is this: a director who has s...

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Shawn Levy of Oregonian (3/4) No reference
            [The film] echoes in its weary bones end-of-the-West films by the likes of Sam Peckinpah, John Fo...

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Roger Moore of Orlando Sentinel (3/4) No reference
            With all due respect to that important, quasi-controversial, most-honored film of last year, this...

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Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews (3/4) No reference
            It attempts to cover a lot of territory just like the American border patrol in Texas, but its re...

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Gary Thompson of Philadelphia Daily News (3/4) No reference
            Gives us little information about Pete and Mequiades, but plenty about the loathsome border patro...

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Jon Popick of Planet Sick-Boy (3/4) No reference
            This is the real deal, kids.

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Phoebe Flowers of South Florida Sun-Sentinel (3/4) No reference
            A seriously promising directorial debut from an already great actor.

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Josh Larsen of Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) (3/4) No reference
            Melquiades ... is meant to function as some sort of potent symbol, but `Three Burials' is too obl...

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Angela Baldassarre of Sympatico.ca (3/4) No reference
            "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" is rugged and quiet, absurd and humourous.

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John A. Nesbit of ToxicUniverse.com (6/1) No reference
            strong characters that nurse us over rugged horse paths and through craggy nooks

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Cynthia Fuchs of PopPolitics.com (6/1) Not Reachable
            Among the movie's many grim figures, Mel's decaying corpse (badly preserved with anti-freeze) ser...

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) of St. Paul Pioneer Press (3/4) Not Reachable
            At times, Burials seems to be arguing that 'civilization' is a joke and that we're kidding oursel...

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