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Nacho Libre Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… self-aware doofus-fest. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    You can see what the film was going for, but the jokes just sit there; you chuckle a few times, mostly out of lame hope, but you never bust a gut, never really get what you came for.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Once Nacho gets the wrestling bug, though, it's all about Jack Black the irrepressible clown, and the comedy dies a slow death for lack of fresh ideas.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    An amiably clunky, unapologetically silly summer confection that nevertheless lands sufficient lethal slams to the funny bone.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

A sweet, offbeat movie about caring for others.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know this movie contains a lot of comic action – including some training sessions where Ignacio gets splattered by food and attacked by bees -- and some violence in the wrestling ring (body slams, flying leaps, one character gets a corn cob in the eyesocket). Basically, the stuff 11-year-old boys everywhere will love with nothing to alarm the parents. Some of Nacho's opponents are quirky characters, including some feral dwarf wrestlers.

  • Families can talk about the importance of helping others. Do you have particular gifts (i.e. music, art, ability to talk with others) that could be used to help others? Is it ok for Ignacio to become a masked wrestler, even though the church elders frown on it? Are his motives – helping the orphans – a good enough reason to become a masked wrestler? And how does the Lucha Libre wrestling bring the Mexican community together?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Lots of butt-jokes, including passing gas, buttcracks, sphincter-flexing, diarrhea, and feces; also, references to stealing, and even though Ignacio is helping the orphans, he goes against the church elders to become a wrestler.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A street fight and lots of action in the wrestling ring, including flying leaps, body slams, and "the Anaconda Squeeze" also, some "don't try this at home" stunts involving rocks, arrows, bees, fruit, and a bull. No blood.

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    Sex: Mild innuendo between Ignacio and Sister Encarnacion ("I was wondering if you would like to join me in my quarters this night…for some toast.")

  • language false3

    Language: The Mexican accent is played for laughs, i.e. "Puppies" is pronounced "poopies".

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mild references.